Her voice is unlike anything I’ve ever heard before. It’s deep and raspy like Tina Turner but seductive; gruff yet captivating, the way R&B music is supposed to be. Her low-toned alto voice ranges from a monotone croon to higher pitched runs with ease. Fused with both R&B and neo-soul vibes, her sound is like a musical lovechild gone wild. It’s hard to believe that her skills are  self-taught but as she’s quick to explain, her gift comes from above. “My gift is spiritually given, literally God poured music inside of me,” she told Essence magazine. Listening to her music confirms just that. Although she’s not singing the gospel music she grew up hearing, her heart and soul are more than transparent. Rooted in authenticity and inspired by love, it’s no wonder why her latest EP Pillow Talk has the music industry wondering who she is. But if you ask the singer, songwriter herself, she’d tell you Tiffany Gouche (pronounced Goo-SHAY), is just like the music she produces: sensual, warm and free.

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Dubbed the Spray Paint Zorro, his art is always easy to identify: bright, colorful, and full of iconic American characters. If you know the right place to look, you just might find him thriving on adventure in the dead of night. After all, his thrills are far from ordinary. In fact, they’re illegal, often ending with run-ins with the law. But L.A. graffiti artist Alec Monopoly is not concerned about legalities.  Instead, he’s concerned about creativity and the significance of his messages. “It would only bother me if I were chased/arrested for the ‘idea’ of my work, than the act,” he told PBS. So what exactly is worth Alec being arrested? Simply put, Monopoly. alec4Loving Monopoly as a child and even now, the street artist sees the game in a different light. In an interview with Huffington Post, he explained, “Monopoly started out as a symbol of what was going on in the economy. At the start of the recession in 2008 I started portraying Bernie Madoff [the disgraced American financier] in my art and using Monopoly in the background. Then one day I was playing Monopoly and realized that Bernie Madoff is like Uncle Moneybags.” From there, his art has been comprised of various messages about society.

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