Before we get into the specifics of The Daily Fare, I should admit that I’m completely, 100% biased. I’ve known Alissa Abeler and Hannah Smith for a few years. We met at a Halloween party that was too cool for me to attend, but there I was confronted with Abeler dressed reminiscent of Doctor Who and Smith dressed as the oncoming threat of Christmas. They sat with me as I processed a night of rather notable Nashvillians - a nobody in a house full of fame and talent.

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Olubenga Agboola was a nervous wreck as he left Uber headquarters in San Francisco back in 2016. He spent the next couple of sleepless nights on edge, pacing back and forth as he faced lingering doubts about whether his company Flutterwave would become the next payment processor for Uber in Africa. Not a soul in the room that he pitched this idea to had even heard of Flutterwave. Even though he was unsure if his company had the right capital and skillsets, it didn’t seem to matter. A few days later, Uber signed on and Agboola was left with a heavy sigh of relief. 

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Despite their obvious differences, Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream,” Maroon 5’s “Payphone,” Britney Spears’s “Circus,” and Ke$ha’s “Tik Tok” all have one person in common: Benny Blanco. The Virginia native has created a name for himself within the music industry as a producer and writer. Blanco’s affinity for the music industry began early, with him loving music as a child and wanting to become a rapper. This dream shifted, as Blanco explains in an NPR interview. “I realized no one wanted to hear a chubby Jewish kid rap, so I was like, ‘Oh I guess I’ll make all my own music, and I’ll write songs for other people.” 

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Art is a valuable tool for self-expression, while also serving as a form of activism. When tragedy strikes, creatives seek an outlet to draw attention to inequalities. Jon Key, an artist known for his dedication to justice, used art to vocalize his thoughts and feelings after the 2016 Pulse Nightclub massacre. Following the tragedy, Key focused his attention on the safety of queer and trans people of color in public spaces. 

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