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.
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.
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.
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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“I just took a DNA test turns out I’m 100% that bitch,” Lizzo raps in her breakout single, “Truth Hurts.” And according to all accounts, she’s not exaggerating. "
The track, featured on Lizzo's third album, “Cuz I Love You,” is on its way to hitting platinum status according to Billboard music charts. Her album was released in April 2019.