“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.
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.
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.
If someone were to wear a Marina Moscone piece out and about, they would not necessarily capture the mass attention of photographers. The pieces are casual, elegant, traditional and most-notably, ready-to-wear. They are not loud pieces, rather they softly whisper a casual elegance that appeals to many professional women.
He’s designed more than 750 household items, yet most of us don’t even know his name. We use his products day in and day out, never stopping to think about the details of how the items were made. Instead, we drive to a store and grab what we need, never quite realizing how his sacrifices resulted in our convenience.
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Recently, I sat down with 26-year-old multidisciplinary artist Ellex Swavoni. A discussion ensued about the importance of fostering creativity and being honest in your art. She is an artist who is passionate about what she creates and is very careful about who she lets into her world.
She’s known worldwide for transforming interiors, and bringing visions to life for her clients. However, Jamye Barnes, a Chicago-native now residing in Atlanta, had no idea that her hardest task would be rebuilding the interior of her very own heart and soul.
Fittingly, twin sisters Naomi and Lisa-Kaindé Diaz have taken the term and they are working towards making it a household name. They named their group Ibeyi to acknowledge their heritage, which also has a significant role in their music. Their journey to becoming one of the most soulful groups in music of any genre is one that’s filled with moments that speak to their spirituality. If you haven’t heard of the group Ibeyi, you will be pleased to learn about the two young ladies who are giving the world a dope sound to vibe to.
As I sat on the bench alone, strangers waved and smiled as if we’d crossed paths a thousand times before. A little girl asked to pet my dog and told me all about the King of Pops popsicle her Mom finally let her have on a school night. I sat feeling as if I’d stepped off the city streets into a small town escape. Swirled around the busy city of Atlanta, Georgia the (soon-to-be) 22 mile pathway invites people to stroll along restaurants, parks, and an amazing display of community art.