Most people have probably heard of “Humans of New York,” the popular photo-blog that features portraits and interviews with everyday people. What makes those portraits so compelling are not the photos themselves, but the stories of the people in each shot. It’s the narrative that draws people in. Everything must tell a story, and everyone has a story to be told. Similarly, the bi-weekly video podcast and micro-documentary web-series Our Voices. Our Lives. seeks to bring to the forefront the stories of Atlanta-based artists and entrepreneurs. 

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Ever since French street artist, illustrator, and graphic designer Zabou was a child she has loved to draw and paint. So much so, that it’s not hard to imagine Zabou coming out of the womb wielding a can of spray paint. A far-fetched notion, of course, but not too far from the truth. According to Zabou, the first thing she ever held was a pencil.

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Sustainability? Check. Luxury? Check. 

Who says a clothing brand can’t do both? Where some might think sustainability and luxury are mutually exclusive, New York-based ready-to-wear and accessories designer Gabriela Hearst is here to show you they are not. She is a staunch believer that “sustainability and luxury should not be competing concepts.” 

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If art is visual poetry then contemporary fine artist Shanequa Gay is the Virgil of the 21st century. She has her paintbrush on the pulse of the people. Embedded into the essence and fiber of her work are stories of community. An Atlanta native and alum of the Art Institute of Atlanta, Savannah College of Art and Design, and Georgia State University, a key element of Gay’s multifaceted work is hybridity. She told Georgia State University Magazine that, “Atlanta culture as a whole is a hybrid, and as Americans, we’re all a mesh of things.” 

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