After a pilgrimage tracing a transatlantic slave trade route ended in South Africa, Artist Xaviera Simmons traveled throughout the African continent before she had to ask herself, ‘Who am I here in this country? Who are my people?’ Simmons recalled to Elysian magazine, “[African-Americans] don’t have a motherland. Africa is 54 different countries. There is no place in Africa that I could ever go that would be my home. I’ve been all over Africa. Where can I go, and it’s like home for me?”

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Over the past several years, photography has taken place at the forefront of artistic vision. Whether due to the rise of Instagram, which glorifies effortless, gorgeous photos, the rise of a new generation of supermodels, who embody the ever-enviable wispiness and softness of ethereal beings, or the desire to tell stories in visual ways, photography has really taken hold and captivated the novel sensibilities and aesthetics of a modern era. Australian photographer Bec Parsons is the epitome of this contemporary conversion on still film.

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The emo-pop movement has been a pillar of pop-culture marketing for young people for almost ten years, and it continues to draw fans.  The goth-like image of eyeliner, disheveled hair and tight jeans has become very recognizable, and the music is almost exclusively marketed toward teenagers who long to be edgy in displaying their uniqueness. One emo-pop band with a sizable following is Paramore, which consists of vocalist/keyboardist Hayley Williams, bassist Jeremy Davies and guitarist Taylor York.  

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How many female rappers have people spoken of in recent years? Two, I’m guessing– Nicki Minaj and Cardi B. But there’s a fairly new female rapper on the scene, and she’s unlike anything you’ve seen or heard before. Young M.A., a Brooklyn, New York native, occupies a liminal space in the rap community, straddling the threshold for female and queer hip-hop musicians.  

When Malcolm D. Lee made his directorial debut with The Best Man, he was prepared to have stardom set in stone. Starring actor Taye Diggs and written and directed by Lee, audiences liked what they saw. Opening weekend scored the movie $9,031,660 in U.S. box office revenue. Now, Lee is releasing his debut’s sequel The Best Man Holiday. On November 15, we will see if audiences are still craving the writing and directing that he introduced to us 14 years ago.

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In 2015, the news of Flint, Michigan not having access to purified water went viral. The reaction to this news felt like the U.S. was finally realizing the reality that water supplies are limited, depleting, and potentially contaminated. Excessive levels of lead, iron, and even E.coli were found in Flint’s water. Despite national outroar, numerous lawsuits, and millions of donated plastic water bottles, eventually the rest of the world started to forget about Flint. Flint started receiving less donations and press attention even though their crisis continued.

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The name Heron Preston lends itself to creativity. The name doesn’t exactly scream stockbroker, construction worker, or accountant; instead, it recalls inspired vocations, like fashion, art, or music. Initially, he was known as Heron Johnson, but then the fashion designer started his first clothing line in high school and switched his last name to Preston, as he believed it sounded more “regal.”

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