When you hear about the world of fashion, you usually don’t think about a prison sentence. The two topics being discussed at the same time was pretty unlikely, until social media users learned about Rashod Stanley’s story. Stanley has posted some of the most innovative designs to hit the fashion market, while incarcerated at a Georgia prison. Not only has he proven himself to be a pioneer in the world of fashion, but he has also serves as an inspiration for those who may have ran into a few hurdles a long the way.

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Cori “Coco” Gauff is making waves and history in the tennis world after her first round victory at Wimbledon this past Monday, July 1st against tennis icon, and five-time Wimbledon champion, Venus Williams. Since this great achievement made headlines, all eyes have been on the emerging tennis star, and sports fans, commentators and celebrities among others are wondering how the Atlanta-born child prodigy got her start.

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For centuries, music has proven to have an impact on our lives, regardless of whether we like it or not. With the right mixture of tantalizing beats and powerful lyrics, the art of music plays with our imagination and evokes emotions that we may never have known about. Sometimes, just a few simple words in a song can hit us. I would have to say that was the case with rising star, Ava Max.

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Chelsea Werner has not only created new limits for what special olympians are capable of;  now she is redefining beauty standards as a model with down syndrome. You can find her swinging on the bars and killing it on her floor routine, but also posing and walking for renowned fashion brands. “I’ve been at the top of the Gymnastics World for probably ten years now,” Wenrer said in an interview with Forbes.

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Imran Amed is in the business of fashion with a capital F. To many, fashion is the difference between what one wears to work versus a night of cocktails. To Amed, it’s a multi-billion dollar industry with endless influential possibilities. Few entrepreneurs can say they started their business from their couch, but it’s one of the many endearing details of his success story —  now he’s one of the top male voices in the global fashion world today. 

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Greg Breda is a contemplative spirit, and the Los Angeles based artist uses his portraiture to channel viewers to momentarily inhibit that same energy. His art channels the viewer to respect the peace of what would normally be seen as dull and mundane. Breda transforms that which is ordinary into an extraordinary, spiritual beauty.

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Art is a medium in which a person, through creative means, can delve into to find his or herself and cultivate an identity that may have been unexpected. In fact, the late Thomas Merton has blessed us with a thoughtful statement: “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” This was the case for Atlanta-based painter, Muhammad Yungai.

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As an Atlanta native, reading Lil Nas X’s hilarious tweets and witnessing the success he has enjoyed as a result of his country-rap hit single “Old Town Road,” fills me with an unexpected feeling of kinship and satisfaction. Here in Atlanta it can feel as if wanting to be a rapper is some sort of rite of passage for black men—especially for creatives from low-income backgrounds. I personally know more black men independently pursuing music than I can count on both hands, and it’s a really beautiful form of artistic expression to be surrounded by.

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