“The biggest misconception for me is that you have to have screaming all over an album for it to be heavy. I feel like people just always assume, especially the scene we come from and the era, people think you have to have build-up to a breakdown call and straight hardcore dancing, mosh crab core screaming parts.” Tyler Carter, the lead singer of Issues, told Alt Press Magazine. 

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I asked a question on Facebook the other day, “What’s your criteria for the best rapper?” I was looking for people to give me their top 3-5 factors that they use to gauge their favorite rappers. For me it’s easy: storytelling, lyricism, subject matter/content, longevity, and originality. The pool of rappers who meet this criterion were once deep but then hit a lull due to the influx of the dance crazes taking over hip-hop. Things have now shifted to the heavy drug usage and zombie music which I’m also not into. I feel like I’ve been a part of the “get off my lawn” hip-hop demographic for a mighty long time. 

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The personal lives of celebrities will eternally be the subject of great curiosity for the majority of humanity who spend their lives out of the spotlight. For those under it, their existence is poked and prodded from the removed medium of tabloids and reality television. Regardless of whether the information is true or false, people of all identities find themselves snagging the latest issue of People at the grocery store checkout counter. Monumental events in a celebrity's life, such as a wedding or a fiftieth birthday celebration, have a tendency to be more heavily guarded from the press. This results in a hyper fixation on the event by the press as speculative articles flow alongside an equal number of stories about pathetic paparazzi who broke their leg trying to jump a ten-foot tall fence so they could snap Kim Kardashian saying, “I do!” on camera. 

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Dream Hampton is many things: a writer, a cultural critic, a social activist, a community organizer, and an award-winning filmmaker. There’s something about Dream and her work that makes you pay attention. It might be her fearlessness and fighting spirit, almost as if she was born to speak out and stand up. After all, she’s named after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Although she spells her name in lowercase out of humility (and in homage to feminist Bell Hooks and poet E.E. Cummings), her legacy is larger-than-life. 

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Art Meso is known for events that present culture, showcase talent, and cultivate music, art, and fashion. The Holiday Meso Marketplace and Art Reception brought the same feel to the public with a flair of holiday spirit. The event showcased handmade jewelry, artisan candles, and elegant fashions, while providing a fun atmosphere with food, drinks, music, and holiday cheer. Jennifer Sutton, founder of Art Meso, told Visionary Artistry Magazine, “It's just a really great time to get ready for the holidays, picking up some unique pieces, and mixing and mingling.”

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“We thought we were, like, the black Mumford and Sons.” “Yeah, Mumford and Sisters.” That’s how twins Alexandria “Zandy” and Alexis “Lexi” Fitzgerald describe their band’s early sound, an earthy blend of folk and soul. Joined by their older brother Darius and their cousin Jasmine Mullen, they formed the Nashville-based group called The New Respects.

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