It’s unfortunate that the story of Nathan “Nearest” Green has been long forgotten until now. Who is Nathan “Nearest” Green, you ask? To be honest, I found myself asking the very same question until I discovered him. His life has been overshadowed for generations, but he is a very prominent figure in a rather unexpected line of work: distilling alcohol for the now famous brand Jack Daniel.
If shock value was worth money, Australian graffiti artist Lush would be rolling in dough. With graphic scenes of genitalia, ripped heads, and breasts, Lush has managed to offend more than half of the Australian population. For over 12 years, he’s been plastering the street with his obscene art and he’s more than proud of it. “It’s the ultimate self-gratification, f*ck jerking off, it’s just a lot better to hear random people talk about you and say the most outrageous shit,” he told Acclaim magazine.
Have you ever wondered what a curator thinks about when preparing for an art show? How does she get everyone on the same accord? How is she able to articulate her vision to the artists involved—and put on a successful showcase?
Cori “Coco” Gauff is making waves and history in the tennis world after her first round victory at Wimbledon this past Monday, July 1st against tennis icon, and five-time Wimbledon champion, Venus Williams. Since this great achievement made headlines, all eyes have been on the emerging tennis star, and sports fans, commentators and celebrities among others are wondering how the Atlanta-born child prodigy got her start.
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.