In the digital age, it is becoming increasingly difficult for musicians to stand out as individuals with something different to offer the world. The industry has become saturated with act after act, that bring the same level of talent and longevity to the game, and anyone can share their work with the world on the internet. Thirty-five year old Washington, D.C. artist Kelela has a uniqueness to her art, making her stand out in the indie R&B world.

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Sexual harassment, assault, and abuse happens everyday, thousands of times over. In America alone, someone is sexually assaulted every 98 seconds, according to the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network. Once thought of as a taboo topic, something to be whispered away and kept as a secret, is now being openly discussed between men and women who have been mistreated. At one time it was deemed weak to admit that one had been sexually assaulted, but just recently this idea has changed. It is now a bold declaration of courage.

This is all thanks to two simple words—#MeToo.

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“Splinters have embedded into your soul by just doing life. And those splinters affect the way you present yourself. We go through life with splinters and not knowing how to move,” explained Jane Evans, Global Senior Pastor of Influencers Church & founder of BU Fashion show, to 1700 guests on June 8 at the Infinite Energy Center in Duluth, Georgia.

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An integral part of most outfits are the accessories used to accent a look. Jewelry has reemerged as an important sector within the fashion industry. It’s no longer all about diamonds, other gemstones are finally getting their chance to shine. A prominent example of this can be found in the work of jewelry designer Irene Neuwirth. While some of Neuwirth’s jewelry features diamonds they are rarely the focal point of her pieces. Several of her collections have been comprised of opal, turquoise, emerald, and several other precious or semiprecious stones. Neuwirth has discovered a way to bridge the gap between high and low end fashion through the creation of her luxury jewelry brand.

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Over the last few years, Atlanta has become a force to be reckoned with when it comes to the film industry. More often than not, there are commercials, movies or television shows being filmed in the city of Atlanta and in parts of Georgia.

The city of Atlanta is a major attraction to the movie industry for several reasons, including its generous tax incentives like the 20 percent base transferable credit—$500,000 minimum spend to qualify—along with no limits or caps on Georgia spend as well as no sunset clause— it’s no mystery why more films are being made in the Atlanta area.  

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Although he’s one of the world’s finest designers, Valentino Garavani’s original plan was simple. He wanted to design beautiful gowns for wealthy, beautiful women. For more than 50 years, Valentino has made his dream come alive. Simply known as “Valentino,” the Italian courtier’s luxurious designs are a common thread for a vast range of famous women including Elizabeth Taylor, Iman, Adele, Audrey Hepburn, Serena Williams, Princess Diana, Naomi Campbell, Jennifer Lopez, Zoe Saldana and even Jackie Kennedy. Despite their various personalities, backgrounds and careers, Valentino’s designs highlight two things that bind them altogether: they are beautiful, wealthy women serving as living trademarks of Valentino’s A-list designs.

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Southern U.S. food has gone from simple home cooked meals to gourmet dishes over the last few decades. These dishes have been influenced by several different cultures across the world, and shared at events for food lovers. The annual Atlanta Food & Wine Festival (AF&WF) is just one of many. It was created in 2011 to showcase the vast variety of Southern foods and drinks, and its influence on food from other parts of the world. The 2018 AF&WF was held from May 31st to June 3 in Midtown Atlanta, with over 150 chefs, wine stewards, and mixologists in attendance.

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Singers emerge from all corners of the world, with different backgrounds, stories, and sounds. Technology and social media are evolving so rapidly, that it’s no surprise that many aspiring music artists were discovered on YouTube after posting covers of well-known songs.

The story is similar for 19-year-old Shawn Mendes, but he put a slightly different twist on it. In 2013, when the entertainment network Vine was at its peak, Mendes began posting six second clips of him singing on the app. After a childhood full of classes for acting, performing, and entertaining, singing came easily to Mendes. The self-taught guitarist gained millions of followers and garnered the attention manager Andrew Gertler who signed Mendes to Island Records in just a few months. His first single, “Life of the Party” was released in 2014 on the label.

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Everyone can relate to the nervousness and excitement of young love, but one song in particular, is able to take this indescribable feeling and put words to it.  The bubbly, R&B song, “Boo’d Up” has taken the charts and the radio by storm this summer. Its catchy chorus and engaging lyrics make it impossible to escape, whether it is being played on the radio or stuck in your head, making the song top the Billboard’s Emerging Artists chart.

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