Since its beginning, hip-hop has continued to evolve as an art form that has taken over the world. While it is known that visual art and hip-hop are strongly connected, some artists take this connection to new heights. For Italian painter and sculptor Mario Loprete, this surely reigns true.

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Going from doing stand-up comedy in small, New York City comedy clubs to being the first Black co-head writer for the renowned variety show Saturday Night Live, is a trajectory countless comedians would dream of.

However, for comedian Michael Che, this is his reality and he made it happen in less than a decade. When Che decided he wanted to take his shot at stand-up comedy, he immediately hit the ground running. Known for his interesting mix of blunt, yet laid back political commentary as well as his persistence, Che became very popular on the NYC comedy scene.

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