Too often fans and the media have this habit of proclaiming that an artist has fallen off. This may be true but no one takes into account what that individual may be doing behind the scenes. We get so caught up in visibility and the idea that if we don’t see something it didn’t happen. I’ve witnessed this especially when it pertains to the music industry.

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“How you treat others is a reflection of who you are. Be Yourself. Be Persistent. Be Patient!” Inspiring words from photographer Kris Lou of the photography duo Kris + Erik, in a brief interview with children’s fashion outlet, petitePARADE. Kris Lou and Erik Rodgers, better known as Kris + Erik, are a married couple who’ve been working together on some very powerful projects.

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There have been a few times in my life, if ever, where I wanted to wait in a dimly lit parking lot standing in the rain. I had never been to this area before and was beginning to wonder if I had typed in the wrong address on my GPS. After driving thirty minutes to the outskirts of Atlanta, I ended up in Doraville, GA following a winding street, a row of parked cars, and the promise of the sluttiest cheeseburger in Georgia.

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There is always a curiosity as to what makes a particular artist resonate with people. Is it their story, relatability, or something different altogether? I have always known that everything wasn’t meant for me and I try to respect other people’s opinion. For so long hip-hop has been a refuge for the misfits, misunderstood, and minorities from all walks of life.

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