There has been only one time in my life where my friends convinced me to buy a movie ticket just to see the previews. Leading up to the Incredibles 2, my friends were on the edge of their seats to see the latest Pixar short Bao. As we watched the eight minute short, we smiled, we laughed, we gasped, and ultimately we choked up.

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For many of us, music offers an escape that makes hard times more bearable. But with artists like Matt Maeson, music is all about confrontation. Creating work that explores his darkest moments, the Virginia singer-songwriter works through his love-hate relationship with familiar themes: drug abuse, violence, and religion, and the ways each of these things connect.

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The roots of many forms of American entertainment are linked to a time that lacked diversity in these industries. Hollywood and specifically film is an industry that has been slow to change. There still has never been a person of color or woman that has been the head of a major film studio.

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“Meet me on the corner of 9TH and North where art and fashion connect.”

-Dakoro Edwards

9TH and North is where it all goes down. Merging the best of both worlds, the fashion brand makes people feel good and look good. But it also challenges them intellectually by highlighting wearable thought-provoking artwork, forcing people to think beyond what they see on the surface.

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With eyes trained over the edge of water, you may witness a swimmer in a moment of suspended balance. The second where their body is a weightless, floating object; their guarded breath escape in bubbles that distort their head’s swirling image. Any swimmer knows this moment, the quiet break from gravity’s bonds where you are for an instant captured by the pull of water.

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As a fashion-obsessed preteen, I always begged my mom to take me to the mall. There, I could see my favorite runway looks in person–an experience I often compared to meeting a celebrity. But, the experience was two-sided, I loved seeing the work made by the artists I considered my kin.

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