These days it’s looked at as normal for celebrities to always wear a face full of makeup, and when they are spotted with a bare face, the media is quick to talk. Country music star Kelsea Ballerini took to social media herself because she wants her fans to see her true unapologetic self.

Ballerini, 24, of Knoxville, Tennessee usually has a face caked with glitter, lashes, and the whole nine for all of her performances, resulting in fans only seeing her in glam mode. However, she recently put a video on her Instagram page of her stripping herself of all things makeup and exposing her bare face to 1.2 million of her followers.

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Going from doing stand-up comedy in small, New York City comedy clubs to being the first Black co-head writer for the renowned variety show Saturday Night Live, is a trajectory countless comedians would dream of.

However, for comedian Michael Che, this is his reality and he made it happen in less than a decade. When Che decided he wanted to take his shot at stand-up comedy, he immediately hit the ground running. Known for his interesting mix of blunt, yet laid back political commentary as well as his persistence, Che became very popular on the NYC comedy scene.

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New York has always been a major player in fashion for the hip-hop community. From  the countless clothing brands birthed from up top, to fashion designers looking to participate in New York Fashion Week as an official stamp of approval, or being shouted out in a song by one of New York’s very own rappers or singers, the city that never sleeps often breathes life into clothing brands.

Lyfestyle is one of the brands that was birthed in NYC, and the world is awakening quickly to the authentic brand.

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It’s tough to begin writing about Liza Minnelli. Not that there isn’t enough information or enough questions to ask, but it’s more difficult to decide where to start. She’s done a million stage performances, sang a million songs and still seems to have the energy of a five-year-old that was just given a Mountain Dew.

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In today’s day and age, it is almost customary for artists to make it clear to the public what their political and social motivations are behind their work. New Jersey native and artist Clifford Miskell presents this same narrative in his work, and  with his chosen name. The painter changed his name in 1997 to Cbabi Bayoc. Both names are acronyms that represent his beliefs and who he is as a person. Cbabi stands for Creative Black Artist Battling Ignorance, and Bayoc stands for Blessed African Youth of Creativity.

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As humans, we are inclined to categorize and label aspects of the world. There always has to be a word or descriptor for something. Whether its race, sexuality, or political parties everything has to have its own clearly defined classification. However, these boxes can often pigeonhole a person and limit how much society allows them to evolve. This problem is extremely prevalent in the entertainment industry. You often hear artist complain about being typecast or how the media will make comparisons that become hard for them to escape. The same can be said of Texan singer Leon Bridges.

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