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Hip Hop: Where’s Kanye?

By Gregory Castel
Writer, Contributor

The hip-hop community is moving at a fast pace these days as far as the amount of music to be put out week after week. The culture has gotten to be blessed by having a mass array of choices from the mainstream to the underground, traditionally sounding rap Jay-Z and Logic, to vibes of an alternative hip hop like BROCKHAMPTON or a XXXTentacion. However at the very moment, right now there are a few artists whose albums have been long-awaited and teased for the public. The anticipation for these new albums in 2018 have been boiling up.

One of the most decorated artists who still has maintained his relevancy and will remain relative most likely until he passes, Kanye West. Any product he chooses to drop in fashion or music, it
gains attention. Regardless if it is after one year or three years, every Yeezy project that is release is highly anticipated, scrutinized, and noticed. That will happen whether you like the man
or not. Continue reading Hip Hop: Where’s Kanye?

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Third annual PSAFE event unifies creative community, glorifies black business

By Jannah Bolds

Sounds of music, laughter and network filled the air of a tucked-away, graffiti-covered corner of downtown Atlanta, as the Private Society Arts & Fashion Expose (P.S.A.F.E) kicked off its third annual event this weekend.

PSAFE was organized by four pals, Derek Hardge Jr., Patrick Russell, Corey Smith, and Jawaan Washington, all with congruent visions of bringing support and unity to their community.

Local artists, jewelers, fashion enthusiasts, musicians, and chefs packed their display tables with handmade creations. Just about anything under the umbrella of creativity, could be found at PSAFE.

Two of my most memorable encounters at PSAFE came from a seemingly-introverted hula hoop dancer and an overly-passionate nail boutique technician. Why did these two stick out to me? Both ladies caught my eye because, although their personalities were on opposite ends of the spectrum, they both had the exact same reasons for attending – personal growth.

Not only was PSAFE3 their first expo, but it was their first time talking to someone like me, a journalist interested in what made them special / standout.

(After all, this is The Bold Opinion, right?)

So sure, that itself was personally something special for me. I like to be social and when I get the opportunity to integrate that with my brand, I like to leave unique lasting impression.

Hula hooping Samone, despite her quiet nature, was dressed in a loud tribal two-piece with bright blue, feline-esk  face paint, yellow clip-on cat ears, and a lime green streaked bob to top it all off. Not really having much to say wasn’t a bother, her vibe said it all when she grabbed her hoops and hit the stage!

Samone gets into her groove when the music turns on.

Jazmine, owner of ‘My J Nailz’, embodied the characteristics of a “strong black woman”; neatly bunted dreadlocks, square bifocals, primped, enthusiastically passionate, and ‘bout her business. She educated me on what sets her apart from the other nail shops, because I genuinely had no idea of the difference. She emphasized that she ran a nail boutique with plans to mobilize! Creating personal, friendly, and therapeutic rapport with her clients is very important to keep that unique factor about herself.

These two women stood out the most to me, but that doesn’t even describe a quarter of the amount of talent that was in the building. Comedians, chefs, painters, dancers, designers, you name it! For a complete visual of PSAFE3, visit them at www.PSAFE-atl.com

The crowd at PSAFE3 was very supportive of everyone, I was happy to see everyone being open and lending support to businesses they had no familiarity with. I had the chance to confirm that with two middle-aged sisters, Dennice and Natalie Williams, who were both there to support a friend of the family.

“We love the arts, like theatre, museums, etc., so  this is a little outside the box for us. We are enjoying ourselves, because it’s something different,” said Dennice. “It’s a good celebration of us without violence and negativity. It’s good to see our people come together

Steez Fiends Apparel hosts clothing and accessories for men, women, and children.

The vibe was definitely on! Conversations were flowing, handshakes were common, business cards were exchanged, and photographs were snapping for a strong four hours! This was the whole idea, of course!

“Our goals are to continue to grow into a household named event, deliver quality production, and provide our vendors, participants, and guests with three hours of nonstop entertainment and fun,” said Washington.

If happiness had a sound, I believe this is what it sounded like.

 

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Image credits: Jannah Bolds, psafe-atl.com, EazyImages, CKenneyVisuals

The Bold Opinion Show w/ Special Guests from Unspoken Boutique

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Welcome to another beautiful Saturday in The Orange Room! This is the second Saturday show of November.

Jannah B, Kenny Kicks, and Chuck are your hosts for today’s show! Our topics ranged from Nation wide Anti-Trump protests, NBA, and dating someone with/ without a sense of fashion. Notice anything new this show? 😉

We also get the chance to sit down and share the mic with two beautiful ladies from UnSpoken Boutique to share their passion for this up-and-coming fashion brand.

UnSpoken Boutique interview: 50:05 – 1:32:31

-Tune in EVERY Saturday at www.OrangeRoomRadio.com 12-2pm and EVERY Thursday 9-11pm EST.

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