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Recently, I sat down with 26-year-old multidisciplinary artist Ellex Swavoni. A discussion ensued about the importance of fostering creativity and being honest in your art. She is an artist who is passionate about what she creates and is very careful about who she lets into her world.
She’s known worldwide for transforming interiors, and bringing visions to life for her clients. However, Jamye Barnes, a Chicago-native now residing in Atlanta, had no idea that her hardest task would be rebuilding the interior of her very own heart and soul.
Fittingly, twin sisters Naomi and Lisa-Kaindé Diaz have taken the term and they are working towards making it a household name. They named their group Ibeyi to acknowledge their heritage, which also has a significant role in their music. Their journey to becoming one of the most soulful groups in music of any genre is one that’s filled with moments that speak to their spirituality. If you haven’t heard of the group Ibeyi, you will be pleased to learn about the two young ladies who are giving the world a dope sound to vibe to.
As I sat on the bench alone, strangers waved and smiled as if we’d crossed paths a thousand times before. A little girl asked to pet my dog and told me all about the King of Pops popsicle her Mom finally let her have on a school night. I sat feeling as if I’d stepped off the city streets into a small town escape. Swirled around the busy city of Atlanta, Georgia the (soon-to-be) 22 mile pathway invites people to stroll along restaurants, parks, and an amazing display of community art.
They refused to invest in her dreams and spewed out some really harsh criticism. “The chances that this is a business are practically zero. You only have so many minutes on Earth, don’t waste them trying to sell lipstick,” Businessman Kevin O’Leary told 29 year Detroit native Melissa Butler in 2015 on ABC’s “Shark Tank.”
Have you ever wondered what preppiness, Yves Klein, Aaliyah’s ‘Rock the Boat,’ and a Slim Aaron’s photo of Katharine Hepburn in a Rolls-Royce at Montego Bay have in common? If you are like most people, including myself, these thoughts have probably never crossed your mind all at once. This laundry list of random nouns however, is nothing less than the self-described 2014 collection of one of fashion’s most popular new designers, Charles Harbison.
Many great movements are said to be born out of oppression or frustration. Pick a time and you can guarantee that there is always some art form that provides the pulse for a particular movement. Look at the rise of German expressionism, protest songs of the 60s, or the use of documentary film making to promote reform and you’ll see that they all serve as artistic time capsules.
We all know that being plus size isn’t welcomed with open arms in our society, let alone the fashion industry. As a result, plus size designers and models have taken matters into their own hands by designing their own clothes, and spreading awareness about their work through blogging, and putting on events to showcase their fashion. The Curvy Fashionista Style Expo, or TCF Style Expo, is an event held in Atlanta annually to celebrate plus size bodies in fashion.
In case you were not in Atlanta this weekend, Music Midtown has finally returned home after a six year hiatus. The line-up was not as impressive as it has been in previous years, but nevertheless, the crowd employed a consensus that Music Midtown should be stationed in Atlanta for many years to come. Rock fans far and wide pitched tents, and brought coolers and blankets as they camped out all over Piedmont Park in an effort to get the best view of two stages soon to be occupied by The Constellations, Young the Giant, The Joy Formidable, Manchester Orchestra, The Black Keys, The Postelles, Walk the Moon, Band of Skulls, Cage the Elephant, and Coldplay. There was a wonderful turnout for the opening acts, beginning with The Postelles, who kicked off the show at one o’clock.