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.
“I think that it only has ever been radicals that have changed this country. Abraham Lincoln made the radical decision to sign the Emancipation Proclamation. Franklin Delano Roosevelt made the radical decision to embark on establishing programs like Social Security, if that’s what radical means, call me a radical,” said Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in an interview on CBS’s 60 Minutes. Ocasio-Cortez, who made headlines during her candidacy for congress and now as a congresswoman, continues to shake up Washington.
If you’ve never heard of Aleksander Siradekian, that is completely understandable. As a designer on the come-up, his brand is not as widely retailed as some other luxury shoe manufacturers. Nevertheless, you have been missing out! With a focus on creating original shoe designs with maximum comfort and wearability, ALEKSANDERSIRADEKIAN is a brand luxury shoe collectors and admirers will want to keep on their radar for years to come.
Thornton Dial is a man of truth – unclaimed by the pretentions of high art, the Alabama-native creates pieces constructed out of everyday objects strewn throughout the home. The truth lies in the message behind his work – simplicity in metaphor, a reconstruction of the civil rights-era racism through the placing of mop strings or scavenged tin. Dial utilizes commonplace, intricately Southern scraps to often depict America’s most glaring realities: racism, war, bigotry and homelessness.