It doesn’t matter who you are or what your background is, anyone can face oppression. This is the theme Ridi is exploring in her debut self-written single “Top Guy.” Ridi is a European singer/songwriter of Indian descent who delivers a powerful anti-bullying message about healing from the hate. Ridi’s experience of studying at a Swiss boarding school during her junior and middle school years made her witness the social pressures that teens so prevalently face in her generation. Ridi was subjected to a continuous barrage of verbal and cyber abuse, which the courageous young teen spoke out against.
In the world of academia, art and science are often separated to the fullest extent. Most people believe that you are either an artist or a scientist. In reality, this isn’t true. Science and art are two sides of the same coin. World-renowned fine artist Sir Daniel Winn has learned to bring art and science together in a masterful way by playing on this dichotomy. Driven by a love for his own art style, labeled as Existential Surrealism, he has created mind-blowing works of art. A modern day Michelangelo, a man of science and artist expression, Sir Daniel has changed lives through his art.
There’s a French proverb that says, “Petit à petit, l’oiseau fait son nid.” Directly translated, it means, little by little, the bird builds its nest. This strong advice conveys that no matter how slow your progress, if your efforts are continuous in any endeavor, you can achieve whatever you want. And no one could understand this concept better than business executive and renowned entrepreneur Rajeev Lakhanpal.
Since the world went on lockdown, the number of people starting businesses has sky-rocketed. Building a business however, it’s not as easy as it may seem, and the visions concocted by the brain doesn’t leave much room for reality.
Entering the second year of pandemic-living has left people all around the world wilting under the pressure to adapt to what is now being considered “the new normal.” For most, it feels anything but normal. To combat the virus, countless spaces in the health and wellness world had to be shut down for public safety, leaving many people unable to gain the help and relief they need. These unprecedented times are tough and mentally challenging. May is Mental Health Awareness Month and there is a deep two-way connection between the brain and skin that can cause issues for both what shows up on our body’s largest organ and how we react to it.
We often identify ourselves based on what we do, believing it is our identity. This fixed identity is often tied to the core of our sense of self when defining who we are. Sometimes we are seen as being one thing, when we have more to offer. Renown classical pianist Lili Liu knows this dilemma all too well. Her identity reaches far beyond the practice room or the global stage. Lili is constantly on a mission to reinvent herself, to grow and seek out new ways for self-expression.