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KAWS Returns to The High Museum of Art Atlanta

By Jannah Bolds
EIC, The Bold Opinion

After nearly a decade, world renowned artist KAWS will display an exclusive exhibit at The High Museum of Art Atlanta from today, December 3rd until March 27, 2022.

The exhibit, titled “KAWS PRINTS”, is a collection of pieces drawn directly from The High’s inventory that features silkscreen printed works from the artist’s (Brian Donnelly) portfolio spanning over twenty years. Fashioned chronologically, visitors have the opportunity to view the Brooklyn artist’s work from the1990s through today.

“This is the first time our KAWS prints will be exhibited together, and we’re thrilled to give our audiences an opportunity to familiarize themselves with this important facet of his work,” said Rand Suffolk, The High’s Nancy and Holcombe T. Green, Jr., director.

Visitors can find more information and purchase tickets to the exhibit through The High Museum of Art’s exhibition site.

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KANYE WEST Shares Intimate Moments During ‘DONDA’ Listening Party

JannahBBy JannahB
EIC, The Bold Opinion

Mr. West has been awakened!

Global recording artist Kanye West took to his birth town of Atlanta to debut his long-anticipated album titled after his late mother, Donda West. The artist’s tenth studio album was set to release to the public at midnight July 23rd, after the event. However, due to late submissions from featured artists, the album’s new release date is set for August 6, 2021.

Tickets to Kanye’s public listening party sold fast and was able to sell out the arena in a matter of days; a feat nearly unheard of. On top of that, the event shattered Apple Music’s live streaming record with over 3.3 million live viewers.

The Scene

The energy at the Mercedes Benz Stadium was very similar to concert atmosphere. Fans came dressed in edgy streetwear, Yeezy kicks, and/or full-headed masks, to emulate the artist himself. 

Theatrics were minimal. The stage was a simple, white canvas stretching corner to corner, designed specifically for projector art. Fog machines and a white screen on the stadium’s circular jumbotron kept the space feeling “cloud-like”. The mood was fresh and airy.

Once the first track started to play, nearly two hours after ticket time, fans instantly levitated out of their seats with open ears and cell phone cameras ready to absorb what was to come next. 

The crowed rocked in unison the entire time. They allowed Kanye to guide them on an emotional rollercoaster with inspirational messages, energetic lyrics, and even soundbites from his late mother. Hearing Donda West’s narration throughout the project and seeing Kanye’s body language, simultaneously, gave the audience a sense of pause in respect for the artist. 

Kanye West during the chorus of “24” / JannahB for TheBoldOpinion
Album Review

The initial release date of ‘Donda’ was July 23rd at 12:00am, but as of today, fans still have nothing to bop to. Apparently, tardy vocal submissions have aided in the pushback of the album. There are reports that Kanye has taken residency at the Mercedes Benz Stadium, equipped with living quarters, studio equipment, and a private chef to help him get the job done on location! That’s dedication. 

With that said, the album is incomplete and I don’t have much more to say other than give testimony to what was heard — and it sounds great so far!

In my opinion, the album in its entirety was the perfect blend of Kanye’s spirituality, self awareness, self assurance, wisdom, and turn up! He’s geniusly found a great balance of energy and I can appreciate the time it took to mold it over the years. Features from artists like Pusha T, Lil Baby, Travis Scott, JayZ, and Quavo gave the album quite a unique range. Mixing that with those intimate soundbites of his mother’s audio gives you a peek into the mind of a Gemini — all over the place, but if done right, EPIC. 

A Symbolism Breakdown of Disney Pixar’s ‘SOUL’

Disney Pixar’s newly released film “Soul” debuted at the end of a divesting and emotional year. A film full of intentional symbolisms to inspire certainly helped me prepare for a meaningful 2021 and beyond. Here are some of the messages I was able to discover and decipher.

Soul Orbs

In this movie, the souls are depicted in an orb-like shape. Of course Disney couldn’t just create an animated film about souls as a simple orb, so they gave the design a bit of personification. (My mom would be proud that I used that term.) However, if you reflect on the movies and shows surrounding paranormal activity, you’ll discover the reference. An intentional reference, at that! “Spirit orbs”, as they’re called, are the ghost-like visuals that appear in random photos, or even physical paranormal sightings. Coincidence, Nah.


Twenty-two is a main character in the movie that plays a soul that hasn’t made it down to Earth yet. She’s been in the Great Before for centuries in search of a “purpose” or a reason to live. She’s soul #22, so she’s been hovering around for a long ass time! Nothing seems to excite her in the metaphysical world; not the idea of pizza, playing music, sports, science, nothing. All, of course, because she can’t physically feel anything until she walks a mile in Joe’s shoes on Earth where she gets to experience the little things that make people happy. Things like moments on a crowded subway train, enjoying a savory slice of pizza, deep conversations with friends, clinching beach sang between your toes. You know, the little things that give life meaning.

The Jerrys

In my opinion, the Jerrys are one of the most interesting characters in the film. They were made to be a visual representation of “the coming together of all quantized fields of the universe”, all appearing in two-dimensional stick figure form that we humans can understand. Basically, the universe dumbing itself down to communicate with us. It’s semi insulting, but I get it.

Image Credit: Disney/ Pixar

Unless you’re a quantum physicist, I don’t expect you to think too deeply on this concept of knowledge. Hell, I tried to define the quantum field theory just now and instantly went cross-eyed! I’m not a physicist, I’m a journalist. So for now, just understand that the Jerrys are a visual representation of the one universe. Disney’s Pixar did a great job developing and executing this character and its role in the film. The Jerrys’ purpose is to regulate everything that exists, including helping the souls gain personality traits for their life as Earthlings. The Jerrys have access to everything and every soul that ever existed at all times, even through all dimensions. This quote really hit home for me:

“A spark isn’t a soul’s purpose. Oh, you mentors and your passions. Your purposes. Your meanings of life. So basic.”

It kind of gives you a perspective of the universe itself. Try to wrap your mind around that.

The Fish Tale

Toward the end of the film, the lead character, Joe, finally finds himself in a much anticipated space with Dorthea Williams, a renowned jazz musician. He tells her how unfulfilling he felt after finally playing in the band with her. She goes on to tell him a story about two fish.

SOUL, from left: Dorothea Williams (voice: Angela Bassett), Joe Gardner (voice: Jamie Foxx), 2020. © Disney+ / Courtesy Everett Collection

“I heard this story about a fish who swims up to another older fish and says…
Young Fish: I’m trying to find this thing they call the ocean.
Old Fish: The ocean? That’s what you’re in right now.
Young Fish: This? This is water. What I want is the ocean.

Dorthea then leaves Joe standing to contemplate by himself. PERSPECTIVE is what it’s all about.


Moonwind is an intentionally, significant character in this film that has a deep purpose in his role. He is the “spirit hopper” who has the ability to communicate with souls in the spirit world and on Earth. He’s the weird, quirky Earthling that helps lost souls by guiding them back to their Earth body. Using his meditation methods, he has perfected jumping in and out of “the zone”, which his peers think is what makes him a weirdo.

Image Credit: Disney/ Pixar

We’ve all seen those “weirdos” on the streets, pacing back and forth, talking to animals and inanimate objects. The ones we think are out of touch with reality and can’t make sense of them. Yeah, that’s Moonwind. But maybe, just maybe, the Moonwinds of the world are really the ones who are more connected to the greater universe than you are.

The Zone

Since we’re on the topic of “the zone”, I feel like this is one of the most relatable pieces of this movie. You know how it feels when you lose yourself doing something you really enjoy and everything around you seems to physically blur out? Time escapes you with a feeling of weightlessness. In this film, it’s understood to be somewhat of a portal between the physical and spiritual worlds. Marinate on that one!


Since we’re on the topic of metaphysicality, I might as well address the ideas behind the use of portals in the film. Disney doesn’t dive too deep on the idea of portals, but they are still significant overall. In Soul, portals are what the souls and the universe energies, AKA Jerrys, use to hop from one place to another. The Earth Portal, The Zone, The Great Before, and The Great Beyond are the only ones that are addressed here. If you’re a believer in the universe, of course, ther have to be many more.

Image Credit: Disney/ Pixar

Overall, this movie was something we all needed to see and hear, especially to end a treacherous year like 2020. It forced the viewer to do a bit of self-reflection during a time where self-reflection was needed and encouraged. It touched me so that I cried my eyes out at the end, nearly bursting at every revealed message. Bravo Disney, Bravo!

“Soul” is available now on Disney+

Seen it already? What would you rate it?

Rating: 1 out of 5.