This past week, the NFL inducted its newest members into its Hall of Fame. The festivities began with the ceremonial game, which was played between the Baltimore Ravens and my Chicago Bears. The exhibition game doesn’t have much allure surrounding it, and since neither team played their starters it wasn’t one for casual fans to get excited about. The weekend is really all about the guys who are being inducted, though. This year’s class featured some of the most iconic players of the last twenty years; Terrell Owens, Randy Moss, Brian Dawkins, Brian Urlacher, and Ray Lewis.
Since its beginning, hip-hop has continued to evolve as an art form that has taken over the world. While it is known that visual art and hip-hop are strongly connected, some artists take this connection to new heights. For Italian painter and sculptor Mario Loprete, this surely reigns true.
The Music Midtown festival takes place annually in September in the city of Atlanta. It is a chance for musicians to showcase their art, genres at the festival range from R&B to pop and indie. Country music artist Kacey Musgraves of Nashville has the opportunity to be a part of this experience next month in Atlanta’s Piedmont Park.
Art helps describe what can’t be explained with words, feelings that can’t be easily described vocally are perfectly illustrated on a canvas for others to view. Painter Loribelle Spirovski used her passion for art to distract her from the challenges she faced in life after migrating to Australia from the Philippines at the age of 8.
All writers know that there is a slim chance of getting published, and becoming a bestseller is even more rare. Roxane Gay, however, has done both. Gay, 43 of Nebraska is an author, editor, essayist, professor, and columnist. She has over ten published works including fiction, non-fiction, comics, and a memoir.
Today social media has given fans and onlookers a snapshot into the lives of their favorite entertainers. Platforms such as Instagram or Twitter are providing a level of accessibility that was not available before the rise of the social media. The public is now privy to aspects of celebrities’ endeavors outside of what they are known for. Social media is a great way to market projects such as films, charities, and music. When utilized correctly these sites provide direct consumer access.
The video gaming community is somewhat of a subculture worldwide, that has its own icons. These icons aren’t household names all the time, unless of course you’re talking about a character from the game itself. Each system brought forth different characters to revere, until recently when everything seems to be a reboot of the good old days. Nintendo brought us Mario and Luigi, then of course Sega Genesis gave us Sonic the Hedgehog. PlayStation went on to give us Crash Bandicoot and Lara Croft. These names are as widely known and recognized in pop culture as many people’s favorite entertainers and athletes.
South Korea is getting more credit in the mainstream media as its music, food, and fashion gain popularity. Along with the rise of k-pop and Korean restaurants opening in several major cities, the fashion of South Korea is making an imprint in mainstream cultural norms. The street wear has made its way into prestigious fashion shows like Seoul Fashion Week. The public has the opportunity to get a close up view of some of the greatest fashions to hit the runway thanks to Korean fashion photographer Kyunghun Kim.
With exaggerated and distorted instrumentals, eerie sound effects, and metaphor-filled lyrics of romance, heartbreak and despair, indie rock band alt-J has revolutionized the sound of music in the United Kingdom and abroad.