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.

Several artists and educators have taken the route of “edutainment,” as their occupation, meaning they try to educate their audience while also entertaining them. Thirty-one year old, Nigerian-American “inspirational artist,” Tobe Nwigwe takes an intellectual stimulating approach to hip-hop, in an effort to motivate the youth by way of edutainment.

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Art is so interesting because of its subjectiveness and various forms. It is a medium that allows limitless creativity. In the hands of an artist, an illustration can tell a unique story or capture a moment in someone’s life. There are no rules just free flowing expression, for Cuban artist Yoel Díaz Gálvez his work is an extension of himself.

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In a city popularized for both its beauty and grit, New York Fashion Week (NYFW) for Fall 2018 styles emulates just that. From Sept. 6 to Sept. 14, the city was transformed into a giant catwalk where fashion goers rock their most glorious looks only to compliment the exaggerate fashion featured on the professional runways. 

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The Colin Kaepernick saga’s newest development is a huge win for the advocate and his supporters. There was also a third winner involved, and in my opinion it should be of no surprise. That third party is none other than the shoe company who I’ve credited as always being on the right side of the issue. Nike yet again made it clear that they are a forward thinking company, with a full endorsement for Kaep and the issues that he’s fought so hard to bring awareness to.

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It often seems like every time I turn on the news there are only upsetting stories being shared. One can only wonder where do all the inspiring reports go? Would it possibly change our perspectives of the world if we saw more of them? For instance, news regarding climate change often focuses on loss, destruction, and irreversible damage. If some of these stories centered more on the beauty of the natural world that is at risk, would an audience feel more inclined to take action?

Artist Zaria Forman must have wondered these same questions. In her passion to illuminate the effects of climate change in the world’s melting ice caps and rising sea levels, Forman chooses to draw the beauty of what we all stand to lose. Her drawings are an innovative display of an often depressing topic shown through the lens of a larger connection to nature in the hopes to convey the urgency of climate change.

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“He better call Becky with the good hair,” is the infamous line in Beyonce’s 2016 song “Sorry,” off her “Lemonade” album.  What or who is responsible for this straightforward, no nonsense lyric?? You can thank Diana Gordon for the frenzy that ensued behind those words.

Pacific Islanders get virtually no representation in mass media. That number decreases below zero when factoring in queer people, especially transgender people. Hawaiian singer Lina Robins-Tamure represents the Pacific Islander transgender community well and with pride. The 24-year old is not paraded around as the “trans-Hawaiian singer” to be used as a diversity prop because she has genuine talent that can’t be knocked as a form of “affirmative action” simply because she’s representing a marginalized group. Her voice has the silky smoothness of early R&B singers like Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder. Her passion for music pulsates around her from videos to live performances.

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“The eyes are the mirror of the soul.”

– Paulo Coelho

An artist’s signature is on every work of theirs. It could be a physical inscription or something more noticeable like their use of colors. Contemporary artist Pedro Albuquerque uses the eyes of his subjects to draw emotion and vibrant colors to liven up the portraits that may have a dim feeling over it.

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