Often times many people feel powerless to create real change, and they find themselves doing little to create a world they want to live in. Samanta Tello told the Jewish News of Northern California,“I felt that I could at least do my part with regards to the goings on in this political climate. That at least I was doing something with my art.”

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There are two sides to every story according to Cayce Zavaglia, including her subjects. As a classically trained painter and embroidery artist, she stitches handmade portraits out of yarn. Her work illustrates a person the same way a sketch artist can create a court scene with colored pencils and a sketch pad. 

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Those of us that grew up during hip-hop’s golden era,  aren’t completely sold on today’s music. We talk about it all the time in such a negative fashion that we haven’t really began to open our ears. By not giving “their” music a fair chance, we’ve ignored this new wave of music and its artists. This generation of music is unafraid to talk about things that were once taboo, like  mental health. They’ve become their own source of guidance through depression, drug addiction, and other mental health issues. The youth of today look to artists that share similar stories, the same way 80s babies listened to artists we felt we could relate to. That’s where artists who are brave enough to talk about mental health in their music like Tucker Pillsbury, aka ROLE MODEL come into play. 

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It’s unfortunate that the story of Nathan “Nearest” Green has been long forgotten until now. Who is Nathan “Nearest” Green, you ask? To be honest, I found myself asking the very same question until I discovered him. His life has been overshadowed for generations, but he is a very prominent figure in a rather unexpected line of work: distilling alcohol for the now famous brand Jack Daniel.

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If shock value was worth money, Australian graffiti artist Lush would be rolling in  dough. With graphic scenes of genitalia, ripped heads, and breasts, Lush has managed to offend more than half of the Australian population. For over 12 years, he’s been plastering the street with his obscene art and he’s more than proud of it. “It’s the ultimate self-gratification, f*ck jerking off, it’s just a lot better to hear random people talk about you and say the most outrageous shit,” he told Acclaim magazine

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Nature is one of the most popular topics to include in artwork. From breath-taking landscapes to even the simplest of things like a tree or an insect, nature has always been a source of inspiration for many artists. There are so many ways to enhance a  lively nature scene. Martyna Zoltaszek has accomplished this in many of her beautiful and captivating pieces.

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When I walked into the Local Green Atlanta restaurant, located in West Atlanta, the first thing I noticed was a large sign that says: “Eat Well, Be Well.” Then my attention went to the wall covered in colorful paper, where customers were encouraged to write down and share their goals. Some of the notes were simple, such as “eat healthier and recycle more,” and others were more serious, like to “always have a servants heart.” Right away the small details set the tone for what this restaurant is all about.

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“I like to play with different genres. I love rock, Latin rhythms, Caribbean rhythms, salsa, reggae… I don’t have limits,” said Pedro Capó in an interview with The Cornell Daily Sun. Capó is an emerging latin pop singer/songwriter, guitarist, and actor with deep roots in music and artistic expression. Hailing from San Juan, Puerto Rico, Capó has now found success on an international level, bringing his latin style to countries around the world.

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