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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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.

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