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ONLē Talks with Kolpeace (@Kolpeace) by Jas Wilson

Christopher Johnson, aka Kolpeace, is an artist and local community builder from South Carolina. He puts on a tribute performance for our studio audience in honor of the late rapper Young Dolph, which literally leaves the crowd in awe. In a fast-paced display of talent, Kolpeace uses different elements like finger paint, spray paint, and even fire, that coalesce into a beautiful image of the rapper. It is more than just the visual element of his artwork that leaves the room speechless; it is the rapid-fire pace of his movement combined with attention-grabbing feats of fire that highlight the true scope of his skill. His unique performance built up to the unveiling of a beautiful illustration that is everything but...

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ONLē Talks with Lean (@Leanxbih) by Jas Wilson

Lean immediately grabs my attention when she walks into the room. Her stylish and carefully handcrafted outfit is a perfect match for her lighthearted attitude and fun enthusiasm. She’s dressed in a standout vintage “Marlins” varsity jacket accenting a graphic tee and tye-dyed stacked pants. I can tell from Lean’s fashionable aesthetic that her artistic expression is very intentional. It's evident that she puts just as much effort into her outfit as she does her music. After a badass performance that featured a ton of crowd engagement, Lean pauses to talk to me about what exactly inspires her music.  Faced with difficult situations in her life such as dealing with scoliosis and aiding her mother who is struggling to walk,...

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ONLē Talks with Kayrxn (@heykayrxn) by Jas Wilson

With his extremely out-of-the-box style and personality, Kayrxn immediately grabs everyone’s attention when he walks through the door. His signature neon green detailed wrestler’s mask and flamboyantly decorated championship belt give us a slight glimpse into the crazy yet confident character underneath the persona. “I’ve been wearing this mask for about 2 or 3 months, and I feel like it has really changed my perspective on a lot of things,” he explains. “This character has developed so much and led me to experiment with more styles and even just going out and talking to people. My  character has definitely grown since first wearing it.” The ‘Champion’ style and persona is such an integral piece of his artistry and is apparent...

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ONLē Talks with Marc Bravo (@marcbrav0) by Jasmine Wilson

With his locs long and his swagger high, Marc Bravo strides in buzzing off of his performance. After such an electrifying and crowd engaging act, Marc sits with me to discuss the origins of his musical journey and the source of his inspiration. His music, with heavy neo soul influence, strives to elevate and inspire the black community. It pushes to move the community into a space where we can truly believe anything is possible and that we do not have to exist within the limitations or boundaries society has set upon us. “I eventually have plans to start ‘Project Africa’ which aims to help African Americans have dual citizenship,” Marc says. Having multiple endeavors lined up outside of music,...

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