Sometimes inspiration comes from the darkest moments in our lives. ” New Orleans fine art painter Lillian Aguinagafaced a difficult moment in her life and, against all odds, reached for her artistic roots and created something extraordinary.
For centuries, painters have created portraits to present important figures of history. But Otis Quaicoe is modernizing portraits in his own creative aspect. He originally grew up in a large city in Ghana located in West Africa. His journey with art started at a young age when he became inspired by the designs of movie posters, which were hand-painted. This early inspiration became his drive to become a painter.
“I’m not inherently a loner but I find myself alone a lot and comforted by my solitude even when I want to be around my peers who seemingly don’t reciprocate the same energy,” Terry Presume shared with Complex Magazine when talking about the meaning of his newest track, “Loner.”
The song is Terry’s way of explaining himself, however, he’s not fully an introverted person. He seems like more of an ambivert, but he does battle with anxiety which explains why he’s more comfortable in his own zone by himself.
The lockdowns prompted by COVID-19 caused many people to get crafty and find ways to keep up their beauty regimens at home. With nail salons closed indefinitely, amateurs looked to social media for tutorials. Nail educator and influencer April Ryan saw this as an opportunity to grow her brand and business, Red Iguana, amidst a rising interest in the nail industry.
Temilade Openiyi, known by her stage name “Tems” has a secret: Her music is transcendence.
Her beats display a heavy influence of Caribbean and African culture, but they also harness a quality that cannot be defined. Many would simplify her sound as simply “a vibe.” Yet Tems herself calls it “spirit.”
The distinction was made in response to a tweet asking what genre Tems’ music should fall under. The singer responded, “It’s called Spirit. It’s new to y’all, some are currently tryna tap into it, creating fusions of it. Which means it’s growing.” Though she later shared with Teen Vogue that her response was partly a joke, she agreed that describing her music as ‘spirit’ seemed to make the most sense since that is the place where her music comes from.