Surreal College Night at the High Museum

Surreal College Night at the High Museum, Atlanta, Ga
Written by Victoria Campbell

College Night at the High is a hit for all colleges in the Atlanta Metro Area. A chance to mingle with fellow students, and of all times, the High has Dali present. College Day happens every year, and as a fellow attender from previous years, trust that you will want to attend this in your years to come. The High always has activities to do amongst the art including a chance to draw from a live model and great music that you can boogie to! 

Don't fret if you missed it dears, Dali is at the High until January, and below are more killer events that you won't want to miss out on!

Jazz every 3rd Friday of the month, the next one being September 5th, 5-10PM.
Film showings, including: 
The Latin American Film Festival September 24th -October 30th 
The Festival of Fantasy and the Surreal November 5th-20th

Check out their website to see specifics on the above events: 
Link: http://www.high.org/main.taf?p=0


Expressing My Gift - CEO Willie Heyward

CEO of Expressing My Gift Willie Heyward
Exclusive Interview with Sharae Magazine

Photographer Monique Aston

What is the goal of your company EMG? 

Emg Expressingmygift is a multi-division business that focuses on finding work for the individual in their field of interest, and EMG also creates architectural designs and all other forms of arts and craft. The main division of EMG is the "Dream Promoter" in which we try to connect with the person's one true goal in life and we take it from there. The process is actually pretty simple i might add, because its as simple as a contract being negotiated between my company and the person and we find them their gig or job or we may add them with a group that need help within that same field. It's such a pleasure to know you can go home and know that there is a company out there trying to help you fulfill your dream 24/7 while you continue with your everyday life waiting on that phone call or email from EMG. Once we get that person the opportunity we also have agents that check on them and make sure they are happy and comfortable. The only thing we can't do is perform for you; that's where that person has to take matters in their own hands and be successful with what we gave them. 

The Architectural Design aspect of EMG is also a simple process where we have many young and talented people and or college students who want to make money as architects under EMG or simply selling their ideas through EMG. We also collaborate with many contracting companies and sell designs or work with them on different projects. One of the biggest projects we are currently working on is the "Eco-Church" prototype. I can only tell you but so much on the aspects of that project but its in route. 

The Arts and Craft division is just like the music division we have which is the simplest of all the divisions. Basically if your an artist or a musician, we can find jobs and gigs for you in your area through a contract with EMG, period. EMG will have many divisions added on to it in the future but we can only spread our wings but so far.

What are some of your goals in life?

I only have two goals in life and one is to be myself to the fullest within my business, family, and to this world. The second goal is to make it to the Kingdom of Heaven where I can meet my maker. Simple but Complex.

So the ladies want to know, are you single?

No I am actually in a relationship with a young vietnamese lady who I have known for a long time but only said a few words to over the years. To be short and simple, as I learned to cater to my mother in her illness, I learned a lot about how to treat a lady and love them to the point where if something would happen to me, I would know she would take care of me. I wanted someone who reminded me and was a perfect example of what I saw in my Mother and Father and she passed in flying colors. So I guess you could say I'm very happy right now with my partner.

How will you give back to your community?

Well since EMG is already designed on helping the community help themselves then I guess I'm already trying to do that. It's like this, if EMG goes as far as I'm praying then I will definitely be financially able to renovate buildings for victims and give food to the poor and etc. But my ultimate goal in this subject matter is to donate to Breast Cancer Research and slap Susan G. Komen for not giving us a cure sooner. 

I would first and foremost like to thank God because without him there would be no Willie Rashard Heyward Jr. I would also just like to thank my Samuel Cartwright (VP of EMG music division) and his lovely family for being such a great help to the business and teaching me lessons of spirituality and life. I would love to also thank my best friends Chas Johnson ( Co-Owner of EMG LLC), Brandon Chambers (SCAD Grad) , and Stevi Hall (EMG Band lead singer/rapper) and David Maloney (Computer Engineer) for everything they have done for me and just for staying by my side through thick and thin. I would like to thank David "Rookie" Edwards (Music Director of EMG Band) for being there with me since the small gigs and low-pay. I would like to thank the few cousins and relatives who actually took the time to help and encourage my family through the hard times and stayed by our side through it all. I definitely want to thank my Mom and Father and my sisters who have supported me on everything I put my mind to and I love them dearly. There was a saying that I want to leave you with that my uncle Arthur Nelson said to me in his office the day before I left for college. My uncle's quote set the tone for who I am as a person and it said,"Do good and Be good." God Bless.


Celebrity Hair Stylist Derick Monroe

Interview by Pamela Gibbs

P -Who have you worked with?
D- Since then I’ve worked with Brandy, Shondrella Avery from Cuts and One on One, she was one of the actresses on there and she also was in the secret life of bees. I do part time at the Wendy show. With the Wendy show I’ve worked with Judith Light, and Stacy Dash.

P – Who are your favorite people and what are your favorite events to do hair for?
D- I like the atmosphere and the people at the Wendy show. It’s a good place because there is a rotation and you don’t get stuck with one person. You always get to experience different personalities. If you like that person then that’s a good day, and if you don’t like them then at least you don’t have to see them again. That’s always a positive.

P - I like Wendy, she cracks me up.
D- She is, when I first met her I didn’t have an official introduction, so when I met her again she shook my hand, then she looked me up and down and she actually said to me “who are you, and who are you with?”  I said “I do hair and I work here”, she said “you do my hair” and I said “Wendy you know you never seen me do your hair, no I don’t do your hair boo, I know you see it on a little mannequin and you think I did it cause anybody could be doing it but no I don’t do it.” So after that she looked me up and down and she said, “Ok, you’re cute” and that’s really the extent of our interaction.

P -Do you have advice for people coming up trying to find who they are, or their niche?

D - I would advise them to definitely learn from my first mistakes. Set up a plan, even though things do not always go as planned you should still have a plan. I’m a strong Christian and I believe in the Solomon verse, that without a strong vision people will perish. If you don’t have a vision and something that you’re aiming towards, and you’re sort of flying by the seam of your pants, you are not going to get far. Just commit and don’t allow people to change you. Set a standard for what you are going to put up with and what you’re not going to put up with. Who you’re going to be and who you’re not going to be.You don’t have time to get into certain situations and figure if you’re down for what they are trying to get you to do. I stick to who I am. Thank God that is something I do have, I didn’t have a plan but I knew who I was going to be. I was going to be the “yes” man to go in and do the job and not try to be the person who kisses up. Try to allow your work to speak for itself.

I’m thankful that you asked me to do this interview because there are things that I wish someone would have told me. I wish there was an online magazine that was telling me what I should and shouldn’t do.When you are going through it you wish you had a point of reference to say this is something I should expect. People are going to be shiesty, and people are going to back stab you. But you don’t have to become the backstabber to get back at those people.

You have to know what is yours and stay positive. People
always appreciate a good attitude and a good personality. They don’t
want to hear your complaints or stank attitude. If you are pleasant,
it will carry you further then your talent will because a lot of times
there are a lot of people that are talented. Hair stylists come a dime
a dozen but its all about what you put out, and if you genuinely
care about these people.”

P- Anything else..
D- Things will come in time, if you don’t pace yourself what you’ll
do is jump on opportunities that were never designed for you, you’ll
go for the fool’s gold instead of waiting for the real gold. Right now
we’re getting ready to work on, Marcia is the key hairstylist and I
will be the assistant stylist on Willow Smith’s new video called With
My Hair.

Always be happy for others, always push other people because
when it comes your time you are going to want people to be happy
for you. 

Pamela Gibbs of Sharae Magazine left, Derick Monroe Right


Photographer Sylvia Plachy- Lecture

Written by Sharae Gibbs

Award-winning writer and photographer Sylvia Plachy visited SCAD for the Artist Lecture Series this evening. Some of her essays and portraits have appeared in New York Times Magazine, The Village Voice, The New Yorker, Granta, Artforum, Fortune, and other publications. Her book “Self Portrait with Cows Going Home” is a personal history of Central Europe with photographs. She is also the mother of Academy Award-winning actor Adrien Brody.

She began with photographs taken during the Hungarian Revolution. Her parents were too afraid for her to grow up during Stalin’s reign so she left Hungary at the age of thirteen. This photograph triggers a memory of her entire family lying flat on the ground in hiding to escape Hungary. Her photography reflects glimpses of her life that she captured. I recognized the portrait of her son in the movie, “The Pianist”, taken during their trip to the concentration camps. Many of her memories were tragic, a photograph from the corner where Emmett Till was killed, and in Kuwait during the first Iraqi War. I admire her ability to arrange her photographs to form a visual connection.

A professor in the audience noted that a lot of her work was shot in different formats. He posed the question “how do you chose which camera to use?” She responded to this question by stating “every camera has it’s own personality. “ As a young photographer she remembers walking around with six to eight types of cameras some in her waist or even back pocket. She uses panoramic, 33mm, and a Holga camera. She prefers square formats for portraits for solidity and beauty, and Nikons because they have “a warmth to it.”

The life of Sylvia Plachy amazes me because she was able to live fully engaged with her environment and fulfilled with the passion for her work .

“I’m happiest when I fall into something, when I am the one dancing with people.”
– Sylvia Plachy


Total Recall Vintage - Interview Christine Bourie

Interview by Sharae Gibbs 

S -How would you describe the style of your clothing line?
C- We try to get a pretty eclectic mix, but I like to describe a lot of the pieces as cyberpunk electro-glam. Basically, things that women wore in 1980s Arnold Schwarzenegger movies that took place in the year 2020 and so on.

S -What can we expect from Total Recall in the future? Will you be available in stores?
C -We would definitely like to have a storefront at some time. We love Miami and would love to be able to share our pieces on a more local level, but we'll see where we end up. We are also planning to be opening the "Nouveau" section of the site soon, where we will be featuring items from up and coming designers as well as more popular names.

S - What are some of your favorite items from the collection?
C -Well, most of the pieces I really like are in my closet, but I think the bathing suits and bodysuits are my favorite. Particularly the Saved by the Beach suit. I also really dig all of our 90s grunge stuff. Lots of floral prints.

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