Let’s face it, NASCAR is one sport where diversity hasn’t been the focal point. From the drivers to the owners, and even the fans, dating back to its 1948 inception, The National Association for Stock Car Racing has had very few professionals of color. Historically there were hardly any pit crew members, even fewer drivers, and until recently there were no black-owned NASCAR racing teams.

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You’ve seen Roadrunner, right? *Meep meep*- dashes off! The show revolves around the iconic villain Wile E. Coyote’s various schemes to catch the roadrunner, but the roadrunner always escapes. One of coyote’s more infamous schemes is a wall painted to look exactly like a tunnel. It’s a distortion of perspective and color that illudes the eye into running straight at it.

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Every April when music festival season rolls around, I brace myself for hours of scrolling through Instagram as Coachella and Bonnaroo attendees show off their carefully coordinated outfits for the world to see. At least once a year, I run across a photo among the deluge that features a white girl wearing a Native American tribal headdress, also known as a war bonnet.

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When we see the costumes and clothes in magazines, on TV or in interviews, it simply looks like someone got up and simply got dressed this morning. There's not much attention to detail. However, there are people like Wardrobe Stylist Atiba Newsome who live to make sure every shirt, button, and hat coordinate perfectly to match a person's style and vibe. What looks like another day of getting ready in the morning to us, is actually a very carefully planned out wardrobe that takes a lot of time and money to cultivate for Newsome.

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Any faithful viewers of Donald Glover’s Emmy-award-winning TV show Atlanta know that the titular city was built on, and continues to be fueled by the contributions of African Americans. From politics to infrastructure, to music and food, Atlanta is Black and proud, and that pride can now extend to a new industry: Technology. The Atlanta-Journal Constitution recently explored the statistical increase in African American participation in the Atlanta tech industry. If this upward trend continues, it seems Atlanta will be well-positioned to become the Black Silicon Valley during the coming decades, or even sooner.

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Chaos. Grandeur. Reverence. Vitality. Surrealism.

A sense of almighty infinity.

These words only hint at the abstract, hyper-stylized nature of James Roper's artwork. Currently based in Manchester, UK, Roper sets a higher standard for what a visual artist can be in the 21st century, by working in whatever medium suits his needs, along with some impressive clientele. 

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