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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.

Danielle Hulsey

I was always the friend with one in her purse at different events, loved making scrapbooks and framing pictures to hang in my room, and even now love being able to look back at photographs taken throughout my childhood and teenage years. This love of photography grew even more through my time in college, but I never considered it to be something I could do as a full-time job. After graduating, I began teaching but longed for more of a creative outlet. Read more>>

Aurie Singletary

I took pictures of everything I could to pass the time. Until then I never took an art class or knew anything about photography, but I knew I was hooked~! During my senior year, I applied to a ton of medical schools and only one art school, and to the frustration of my very traditional mother I chose the latter. Since that ordeal, I’ve kept my camera by my side evolving my once hobby into a true passion. Read more>>

Lisa Highfill, Beth Cunningham and Whitney Hanson

We love Lois. We love Atlanta. We figured we couldn’t waste a name like that, so we started a band. It was really a reason to have a planned time to hang out every week. Lisa has played guitar since middle school and played in bands around Atlanta in college (Magic Apron, Living Rooms), and Beth and Whitney taught themselves how to play their instruments when we all decided to start this band. Read more>>


I moved to Los Angeles and worked at a talent and literary agency in Beverly Hills where I first experienced the nuances of script coverage, script pitching and development. After this stint, I turned back to developing my own projects and scripts which by now included several scripts for television dramas and edgy feature films. Read more>>

Jared D. Howard

I used my voice to lead our praises to God each and every Sunday up until the age of 13. I then discovered a deeper love for music by joining the marching band, learning a plethora of percussion instruments and eventually learning the baritone. Joining the marching band actually triggered my next talent discovery of dance. I had become a drum major in my junior year of high school and was offered the chance to hone my talents at the Tupac Shakur Center for the Arts. Read more>>

 Young E.Z.

I come from a neighborhood where nobody really pursues music, so I was hesitant to push myself. But one day I was just fucking around with a 40$ microphone in my room and made a song called Dice. It was wild, and word got around I had a banger on my hands. So I sent it to a friend of mine to hop on, and that shit really changed my life. Read more>>

Nesha Nycee

Her music is raw, honest, positive, and inspirational as she credits GOD for all of her talents. Just as straight ahead is her attitude to that music. A lyrical poetess of the first order and the new leader in the female hip hop movement, Dawnesha Williams aka Nesha Nycee ‘Da Nicest’ lays it on the line, no-holds-barred: “I don’t go for the trendy commercial approach. ‘’What I do cant me Duplicated, Replicated, or Imitated.’’ Read more>>

Niah Lyrical

We hosted a fall showcase every year that we named Red Wall Lounge. Shortly after, I released my first 18 track project called When Silence Speaks. I moved back to Atlanta after completing four years at college and began recording and performing with former Atlanta collective, iLLmont. Opening up for artists like Ab Soul helped cultivate my stage presence and sound. Read more>>

Keyonna Calloway

I would say my transition to Decatur was a very molding experience, beginning to grow up in a completely different environment allowed me to be so unfamiliar with the people and places around me that it allowed me to open my eyes and see the world through a lens and explore more of my creative side that I had hidden for a few years. Read more>>

Gemini Shizzy

My musical experience also led from me being a young drummer. I played the drums since I was 11 years old. Fast forward to high school, I was in the band all four years, and my music instructor used to let us create songs in exchange for grades, and that’s when I really began creating magic in the studio, and I knew this was what I wanted to do with my life. Read more>>

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