Maybe I’ve Been California Dreaming: Claire Reneé

Claire Renee is a singer-songwriter and dancer based in Los Angeles, CA; originally from the Bronx, NY, she began her foray into performing as a child when she got accepted at the Dance Theatre of Harlem to study ballet, tap, jazz, and classical dance at the age of 10, after which she proceeded to attend the prestigious Ailey School/Professional Performing Arts School (PPAS); it was this head start that planted the seeds of her passion for not just movement, but also for making music, and soon after she would find herself watering those seeds by attending several acclaimed music schools, including Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA; her background as a dancer informed her unique vocal style, evident in the delightful lilts, exquisite cadences and off-kilter flows of her verses; she broke into the scene in the spring of 2013 with her first EP Doubts, Dreams, and Ambitions, which showcased her raspy yet winsome vocals and astute storytelling set to a unique blend of hip hop soul and boom bap; later that year, she released Wasted Years, a collaboration EP with Joe Grisly, which featured more of her early writings, this time set to neo soul and ’90s-style R&B; a second collaboration effort, Breaking Code (with Brooklyn-based producer Bagir-Ba), followed shortly thereafter, further flexing her neo soul muscles; by 2017 she decided to move to Los Angeles to make it on her own, and that journey fuelled a solo LP, Let Me Glo, released later that year under the Japan-based label Sweet Soul Records, which mixes the formulas of its predecessors, but this time with experimental R&B and jazz thrown in for good measure, cementing her place in the industry as a global artist; West Coast breezy melodies and East Coast gritty lyricism find a shared language in Let Me Glo, and the LP has garnered wide attention with the lead single “Easy Come, Easy Go (Nights With You)” and the follow-up L.O.L.;” she is currently wrapping up a new quarantine-inspired EP that will be released towards the end of the summer of 2020, as well as a full-length album to be released next year; visit her Website to listen to her songs, or her YouTube channel to watch her videos; follow @artisterenee on Instagram for updates on upcoming releases and shows 

Photographed by Angelo Kangleon in Los Angeles, CA, on August 27, 2017; some of these photos were taken using 35mm film (Fujicolor PRO400H and Kodak Portra 400) 

The Girl Who Fell to Earth: JBCG Summer 2017 Lookbook

JBCG (acronym for Just Be Crazy Goods) is a Japanese fashion brand founded by designer and Nylon Japan blogger/columnist Natsuki Kato when she was a just student at Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) in Los Angeles; its graphic-heavy apparel inspired by ’50s-to-’90s global pop culture has earned the brand a cult following among young Japanese streetwear fans, but it is also known for its line of quirky and unique handmade accessories inspired by religious iconography and medieval art; more recently Natsuki has donned the hat of curator and vintage treasure hunter, and will be adding vintage clothing selections to the JBGC’s online shop soon; click here to shop their latest collections; follow @jbcg_official on Instagram for news and updates on new releases and pop-up events

Natsuki Kato for the JBCG Summer 2017 Lookbook, photographed by Angelo Kangleon in Los Angeles, CA, on March 26, 2017; some of these photos were taken using 35mm film (Kodak Portra 400)

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)

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