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Thought-Provokers: East Atlanta

Atlanta has always had an artistic soul.  The culture and heritage of our city, like most great cities, owes a tremendous debt to the arts community.  Supporting local art is something we care deeply about and we’d like to do everything we can to help the local arts community thrive.  Unfortunately, too often media attention is monopolized by corporate interests and tabloid gossip – but culture doesn’t come from a focus on celebrity breakups it comes from a focus on the arts.

Below, you’ll find some incredible artists from in and around East Atlanta that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Damez

I started writing music and poetry when I was a young child, maybe 5 or 6. I was very shy, so I would often perform in front of my family members during the holidays to help kill my stage-freight. My family relocated us to Atlanta, GA when I was six years old. I played sports up until about middle school, and in high school, I was named Best Dressed, the Homecoming King, Prom Prince, and the Yearbook Editor. Read more>>

Jasmine Pollard

Singing and music in general for me has always been a part of my life. My family has never really had it easy per se, and a lot of times I would question why things happened to me. Through music, I began to realize that we all go through the same things just in different bodies. Music is what connects us all and reminds us that we aren’t alone. Read more>>

Nando Smoove

I make hip hop music. Old School, boom bap music, that’s r&b and jazz-based; maybe a little bit of blues, but a lot of hip hop. Because of this style of music, it’s influenced how I dress, what I watch, my speech and how I relate to an audience. I embody everything that I rap about because I’m sharing experiences that I’ve had and that I’m having. Read more>>

Kae Mitchell

I taught myself how to sew by using YouTube, reading books, and with help from my mom who knew how to sew her self. From there, my mind has been going a million miles per hour with ideas.. When I was 20 years old, I moved to Los Angeles away from my family and friends. I had $150 in my pocket and sat in the airport for 17 hours. Read more>>

Nova Powers

I create the universe I want to be in. I’m a creator so anything I find myself good at or interested in is what Ill do. So far its been Music, Acting, Modeling, and Graphic design. At the end of the day, this gift of mine was always around. The same goes for everyone else. Read more>>

Anesha Collins

I started out shooting church events for a local Christian promotional company. Fast forward nine years later, I am an award-winning photographer and cinematography that travels the world to capture love stories and has been featured on platform such as Huffington Post, Munaluchi Bride, The Knot, BRIDES, and more. Read more>>

Nick Whitson

I’m into a lot of different “art forms,” though I always seem to gravitate towards recording and writing music. Like I said before, I feel very blessed to work with a variety of people in many different ways. I like to think of myself as a creative catalyst; I find joy in every aspect of the process Read more>>

Jamarrius Belcher

I have my own clothing line named Fetiche Apparel. The name Fetiche is just Spanish for “Fetish.” I brainstorm on different designs that I know people from all backgrounds can relate to. The one design I’m pushing right now is €urr£nc¥. The unique symbols used in the designs are currency symbols for Euro, British Pound, & Yen. Read more>>

Erin Wells

I’ve been plant-based for going on three years now, and the journey has been nothing but amazing. I changed my eating habits after binging on meat and dairy on a vacation in Chicago. On the plane going back home, I didn’t feel well and figured it would pass like usual( this wasn’t the first time I was queasy after eating meat and dairy). Read more>>

Macey Milstead

Peoples first question, when I say I lived there, is if I went to art school there. I did not! I actually went to college for teaching and hoped to teach Gender and Sexuality Studies after college. Unfortunately, even though I absolutely loved college, I never received my degree. I followed other dreams and went on adventures that took me off that path instead. Read more>>

Lauren K

Music has always been an integral part of my life. I grew up in rural Georgia in the church choir and took piano, voice, and dance lessons. I taught myself to play guitar in high school and spent some years bouncing around playing in indie bands here and there. I’ve struggled with identity issues most of my life. Read more>>

NY Teez

I love to create music I write, record, mix, and master my own songs. A lot of the times when I’m writing I want to evoke a certain emotion out of people depending on how I felt when I heard whatever beat I’m writing to at the time. When people listen to my music, I want them to be able to vibe out to it and be entertained by the content I create. Read more>>

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