In a city popularized for both its beauty and grit, New York Fashion Week (NYFW) for Fall 2018 styles emulates just that. From Sept. 6 to Sept. 14, the city was transformed into a giant catwalk where fashion goers rock their most glorious looks only to compliment the exaggerate fashion featured on the professional runways. 

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The Colin Kaepernick saga’s newest development is a huge win for the advocate and his supporters. There was also a third winner involved, and in my opinion it should be of no surprise. That third party is none other than the shoe company who I’ve credited as always being on the right side of the issue. Nike yet again made it clear that they are a forward thinking company, with a full endorsement for Kaep and the issues that he’s fought so hard to bring awareness to.

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It often seems like every time I turn on the news there are only upsetting stories being shared. One can only wonder where do all the inspiring reports go? Would it possibly change our perspectives of the world if we saw more of them? For instance, news regarding climate change often focuses on loss, destruction, and irreversible damage. If some of these stories centered more on the beauty of the natural world that is at risk, would an audience feel more inclined to take action?

Artist Zaria Forman must have wondered these same questions. In her passion to illuminate the effects of climate change in the world’s melting ice caps and rising sea levels, Forman chooses to draw the beauty of what we all stand to lose. Her drawings are an innovative display of an often depressing topic shown through the lens of a larger connection to nature in the hopes to convey the urgency of climate change.

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“He better call Becky with the good hair,” is the infamous line in Beyonce’s 2016 song “Sorry,” off her “Lemonade” album.  What or who is responsible for this straightforward, no nonsense lyric?? You can thank Diana Gordon for the frenzy that ensued behind those words.

There is something interesting about the climate of racial injustice and its relationship with technology, specifically cameras. The idea of a post-racial society is a myth and a quick Google search will make this apparent to anyone who took the time to look it up. The hatred isn’t more prevalent, it’s just being recorded. It’s sad to say that it took these atrocities to jolt a nation that had become too desensitized into action.

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She’s well-known nationwide as a “serial entrepreneur.” While some users just copy and paste the hashtag or rock the tee, Mychel “Snoop” Dillard puts in work. Snoop writes the business plan, executes her vision and builds from the ground up; developing avenues that reflect her goals along the way.

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We’ve discussed Ron English’s work before with you here at VA. His art, in one word, is terrifying. The images aren’t that scary, but what these images represent is the key. English holds a mirror up to society and popular culture, which means we’ve got some explaining to do.

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chor4He touched down in Atlanta last month to join a group of artists for the Heineken Mural Projects. Va Mag witnessed him spray-painting live during Flux night, a one-day art celebration in the city’s historic Castleberry Art’s District. Now, just a few weeks later he’s taking over San Francisco by unveiling new pieces for art lovers to enjoy.

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He depicts the beauty of the human face. Just as much as he depicts what makes our faces captivating, he also focuses on our flaws. This method makes his paintings extremely realistic. When I first saw a Wook piece, I was shocked to discover that he does not use photography anywhere in his artistic process. His method to obtain a realistic portrait includes scratching oil off of aluminum, not by editing images using Photoshop.

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