Art is a medium in which a person, through creative means, can delve into to find his or herself and cultivate an identity that may have been unexpected. In fact, the late Thomas Merton has blessed us with a thoughtful statement: "Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time." This was the case for Atlanta-based painter, Muhammad Yungai.
As an Atlanta native, reading Lil Nas X’s hilarious tweets and witnessing the success he has enjoyed as a result of his country-rap hit single “Old Town Road,” fills me with an unexpected feeling of kinship and satisfaction. Here in Atlanta it can feel as if wanting to be a rapper is some sort of rite of passage for black men—especially for creatives from low-income backgrounds. I personally know more black men independently pursuing music than I can count on both hands, and it’s a really beautiful form of artistic expression to be surrounded by.
“When I started my first business,” entrepreneur Cher’Don Reynolds explains, “I simply wanted to put messages of empowerment and celebration on shirts. I wanted customers to have the option of glitter, rhinestones and different colors.” But it didn’t take her long to find out that what she wanted didn’t quite fit her start-up budget.
“Capturing Every Moment from Another Point of View.”
“If you look up the definition of Aerial and Nomics, that’s what we perceived the business to be, when we put the name together,” Chris Andrews, owner of Aerial Nomics, an Atlanta-based aerospace company explained.
“What’s most important to me is to be relatable. I don’t want to be out of reach, I want people to know that I am a regular person...I’m not out here to compete with anyone.
I’m going to try to outdo myself every single time.”
Introverted, laid back and down to earth, she is the epitome of a “girl next door.” At 5’4 and 125 pounds, the singer/dancer/songwriter is simple and low key, embracing her very own authentic flavor and style.