Gotta Give It Up for the Westside: Jemar Michael

Jemar Michael is an actor, model and artist based in Los Angeles, CA; his most notable role is as Al in the Netflix series Dear White People, now on its third season (a fourth season is set to be released this year), based on 2014’s Sundance award-winning satirical drama of the same name, in which he was also part of the cast (as Smoothe); his most recent role is as Oren in the third season of the Web mini-series The Chadwick Journals; when he is not busy in front of the camera, he dabbles in painting, and his debut art show To All the F*cks I Never Gave, held at East Hollywood’s Thymele Arts in the spring of 2019 and which featured his pop art-inspired works, was well-received by young L.A. art fans; click here to see his full filmography, and here to view some of his artwork; follow @jemarmxchael on Instagram

Photographed by Angelo Kangleon in Los Angeles, CA, on December 26, 2016; 7 of these photos were taken using 35mm film (Kodak Portra 400)


Smooth Operator: Brooke Aulani

Brooke Aulani is a singer-songwriter based in Los Angeles, CA, lauded for her captivating, atmospheric brand of music that seamlessly commingles dark pop with R&B, featuring her signature sultry, soulful vocals and unnervingly honest lyrics set to slinky, impeccably complex sonic textures; she is also celebrated for her commanding stage presence (Grammy-nominated artist Daniel Bedingfield once said of her: “Brooke has the power to take a room of people and make them focus on her, and draw them into where she wants to be”); her debut EP Bedroom Music was released in 2016, and spawned the fan favorite “Shame” and the delightfully addictive “Like I Do;” Brooke has dropped three new singles since, including the deliciously repeat-listen “Out Loud” from 2018; visit her Spotify page to listen to her songs, or her YouTube channel to watch her videos (bonus: there’s a genius cover of Lauryn Hill’s “Ex-Factor” in there); follow @brookeaulani on Instagram for updates on upcoming releases and shows 

Photographed by Angelo Kangleon in Los Angeles, CA, on August 13, 2017


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