There aren’t very many people who have worked with nearly every superstar in hip-hop and R&B, especially during the 90s and early 2000s. However, So So Def  CEO Jermaine Dupri is an exception to the rule. From discovering his own artists like Kris Kross, Usher and Bow Wow, to working with fellow hip-hop heavyweights in the game like Jay-Z and Ludacris, to R&B and Soul royalty group Xscape, Mariah Carey, and the late Aretha Franklin, Jermaine Dupri’s hands have touched hit after hit for nearly 30 years. His name deserves to be mentioned among today’s well-known hip-hop moguls like Diddy,  and Dr. Dre.

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In a society where certain groups are taught to be ashamed of or embarrassed of their community, like people of color and members of the LGBTQ community, empowerment and representation is necessary, particularly for the youth. America’s black youth are among these groups, unfortunately black people are taught from a very young age that they are less than.

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From Fashion Week to Harlem Fashion Row, Brandice Daniel is building the platforms we strut on. “I’ve always had the fashion bug, so I moved to New York with two suitcases and a lot of faith.” Daniel said while smiling in the opening of the promotional video for the new HFR x LeBron 16 sneakers. Founded in 2007 by Daniel, Harlem Fashion Row is a organization that helps bring visibility to multicultural fashion designers.

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Contemporary art has a multitude of forms, many of which are criticized as random or too hard to understand. Pieces in this area of thought simply require an analysis past the visual pleasure they may lack. This type of art gets showcased at Flux, an event that creates a space for local Atlanta artists to showcase their work in harmony with nature at Grant Park. This year’s Flux event took place from Sept 27-30th at Grant Park.

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Like most fashion designers, Toronto based Izzy Camilleri knew she made a name for herself when she started designing clothes for celebrities like David Bowie, Angelina Jolie, Jason Momoa, Daniel Radcliffe and Meryl Streep. What she didn’t know was just how much her career would change after meeting Toronto Star Journalist Barbara Turnbull.

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The dictionary defines individuality as the quality or character of a particular person or thing that distinguishes them from others of the same kind. When thinking of fashion, individuality is the first word that comes to mind for me. Making an article of clothing work for you is key.

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It’s not often that I get a chance to probe the brain of an artist. I’m curious about what drives them, what scares them, and why they chose a specific medium to express themselves. Too often we view artists as these aloof individuals that can’t be touched. However, when you do have the chance to meet a REAL artist, you quickly realize that they’re unbelievably human.

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Before becoming the lead in OWN’s new TV show Love Is___, Michele Weaver came from humble beginnings. She originally planned to attend a “traditional” form of college but then, at the last minute, Weaver decided to apply to performing arts schools. She ended up attending Pepperdine University in Malibu, California where she studied theater.