If you’re from Atlanta, or any large city for the most part, you know that different parts of the city vary greatly from one another in culture, community, and overall vibe. In Atlanta, people would never claim that Buckhead is the same as East Point or that Little Five Points is the same as Midtown. Tony Cruvie recognizes this and wanted to give people the opportunity to rep their neighborhood with pride, no matter where they’re from.
“Art has single-handedly changed my life and the way I live it. It is like love, you make it what you want. It makes you feel things you can’t always describe; so you’re left to just relish in the beauty of it,” Mellissa A. Mitchell told BLACK GIRLS WHO PAINT.
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.
“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.
“I think that it only has ever been radicals that have changed this country. Abraham Lincoln made the radical decision to sign the Emancipation Proclamation. Franklin Delano Roosevelt made the radical decision to embark on establishing programs like Social Security, if that’s what radical means, call me a radical,” said Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in an interview on CBS’s 60 Minutes. Ocasio-Cortez, who made headlines during her candidacy for congress and now as a congresswoman, continues to shake up Washington.
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“The philosophy is to keep doing what we’re doing and to enjoy it. We’re coming from a working class background and a working class town, we’ve had to fight and work for everything we’ve got. We’re only getting started man. The fact of the matter is we’re doing a hobby and making it a reality day after day. We’ll just continue to work hard and achieve big things,” said Stevie Jukes in an interview with The Seventh Hex.
“What helped me through the tough times was projecting. Everybody was a hater in my mind and it had nothing to do with me. I didn’t take any of the tough times personally because I had faith that I would be able to do something undeniable,” said Alim Smith, also known as “YESTERDAYNITE.” Smith is a 29-year-old Delaware artist with a unique perspective. He defines himself as an afro-surrealist, a term coined by activist Amiri Baraka for someone who possess, “skill at creating an entirely different world organically connected to this one … the Black aesthetic in its actual contemporary and lived life.” He originally caught the attention of the internet through his portrayals of popular internet memes, but now much of his art focuses on black women, black culture, and iconic black figures.