At 15 years old, Melissa Alexander (aka Phyllis.Iller) was convinced she was going to be a DJ. She had the passion, the love for music and the rhythm to make it happen. All she needed was the equipment. So when her father asked her what she wanted for Christmas, she made sure to ask for two turntables and a mixer. To her surprise, she received a small digital camera instead. “I was slightly disappointed,” she recalls, “but, little did I know, this would be the beginning of a love affair documenting the life I saw before me.”

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Whether being judged by Simon Cowell or Jennifer Lopez, the hit singing competition American Idol has always produced incredibly successful artists for all types of genres. We all know and love Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, and Chris Daughtry, but considering the fact that everyone can’t win the title of “Idol” some equally talented individuals are bound to slip through the cracks.

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After a full day of trying clothes that just aren’t right yet, we start to dream – personal tailors, tiny hips – a girl’s dream come true. However, we can’t tailor everything and hips don’t just get smaller. We’ve come to terms with the war zone that is the dressing room. We’ve decided that designers don’t know what’s up, so we might as well suffer in silence and move on to the next battle. Then, there’s Giambattista Valli. He absolutely loves women and has decided that fashion isn’t all about that size 2 sample.

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Wikipedia Edit-a-thons are hosted by schools, archives, museums, and cultural institutions all over the world. The idea is to help increase the voices of LGBTQ, female, people of color, or other marginalized persons as Wiki editors. On March 30th, I attended the Art+Feminism edit-a-thon at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta where people of all backgrounds were invited to learn how to become a Wiki editor, learn the rules of Wikipedia, and create articles about female, non-binary, women of color, etc. artists.

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After a pilgrimage tracing a transatlantic slave trade route ended in South Africa, Artist Xaviera Simmons traveled throughout the African continent before she had to ask herself, ‘Who am I here in this country? Who are my people?’ Simmons recalled to Elysian magazine, “[African-Americans] don’t have a motherland. Africa is 54 different countries. There is no place in Africa that I could ever go that would be my home. I’ve been all over Africa. Where can I go, and it’s like home for me?”

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Over the past several years, photography has taken place at the forefront of artistic vision. Whether due to the rise of Instagram, which glorifies effortless, gorgeous photos, the rise of a new generation of supermodels, who embody the ever-enviable wispiness and softness of ethereal beings, or the desire to tell stories in visual ways, photography has really taken hold and captivated the novel sensibilities and aesthetics of a modern era. Australian photographer Bec Parsons is the epitome of this contemporary conversion on still film.

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How many female rappers have people spoken of in recent years? Two, I’m guessing– Nicki Minaj and Cardi B. But there’s a fairly new female rapper on the scene, and she’s unlike anything you’ve seen or heard before. Young M.A., a Brooklyn, New York native, occupies a liminal space in the rap community, straddling the threshold for female and queer hip-hop musicians.  

When Malcolm D. Lee made his directorial debut with The Best Man, he was prepared to have stardom set in stone. Starring actor Taye Diggs and written and directed by Lee, audiences liked what they saw. Opening weekend scored the movie $9,031,660 in U.S. box office revenue. Now, Lee is releasing his debut’s sequel The Best Man Holiday. On November 15, we will see if audiences are still craving the writing and directing that he introduced to us 14 years ago.

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