Commercials have a way of popularizing songs that would otherwise only be heard by the respective fan base of the artist or group. The best commercials contain songs that can easily get stuck in your head and have you humming the tune for weeks, which will result in you googling the song. This was exactly the case for the Alaskan punk band Portugal. The Man, with their hit song “Feel it Still.”

The song can be heard in many commercials including a 2017 iPad pro commercial, a 2017 VitaminWater commercial featuring Breaking Bad actor Aaron Paul, and a 2018 Cadillac commercial. I first heard the “Feel it Still” track on a commercial and after seeing it once, I couldn’t get the catchy tune out of my head all day.

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When looking at art it’s easy to consider the evolution of creative expression. There are various forms, techniques, and periods. However, like most artistry, they are all influenced by one another. Subjective art has the ability to elicit emotions no matter if it is positively or negatively perceived. Many art traditions evolve and grow while still remaining as a medium among present-day creatives. This is applicable to the work of Georgia artist, Leigh Ann Culver, who has more than a decade of experience in creating distinctive pieces of art.

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One of the biggest names in hip-hop for the last 25 years is one that you may not hear as often as you should. As long as I’ve been hearing his name, it wasn’t until 2010 that I was able to put a face with the name. I had a roommate in college that was a Texas music head, and schooled me on some of the tall tales and the story behind who really ran the south. We’re talking about a man who’s partly responsible for finding such legendary acts as Scarface, UGK, and Do Or Die. That guy is J Prince, the godfather of the Houston rap scene.

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Fashion is one of the simplest ways to introduce yourself. It makes a statement and leaves an impression whether you are wearing bold prints, muted shades, or dazzling jewels. It tells people who you are, or who you want to be.

Actress Gabrielle Union utilized fashion in the same way—to make an introduction. While Union is already a well known celebrity for her numerous acting roles, she recently launched a fashion line with New York & Company called The Gabrielle Union Collection. Centered on everyday looks, Union told BET that she wanted to create something inspired by her “day to day life” and her “actual, real closet.” Union tailored a line around what she likes, what she wears, and what she genuinely uses, thus introducing herself as a designer who creates pieces that anyone can wear.

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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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