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Thought-Provokers: South Loop

Houston has always had an artistic soul.  The culture and heritage of our city, like most great cities, owes a tremendous debt to the arts community.  Supporting local art is something we care deeply about and we’d like to do everything we can to help the local arts community thrive.  Unfortunately, too often media attention is monopolized by corporate interests and tabloid gossip – but culture doesn’t come from a focus on celebrity breakups it comes from a focus on the arts.

Below, you’ll find some incredible artists from in and around South Loop that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Benjamin Sorrell

My family is full of people who have been interested in music and craft, and I owe a lot to that. I’ve been drawing and making things since I was very little. I loved sketching and doodling in my notebooks nearly constantly in school, making up wild stories and ridiculous inside jokes with friends and drawing them out. Read more>>

Prince Michael Okwudishu – Ofuani

When my family and I came from Lagos circa ’96, the passion of Tupac immediately threw me into Da Mix of Hip Hop and Rap. Moving in flow 23 Years current, Prince Michael and the Goldmine Nation have been patiently waiting on the mountains watching the rap game flounder for far too long. Read more>>

Karanda Boutte

After graduating college I dove deep into the entertainment industry where I started booking commercials, shows, and movies such as Murder Calls, Fatal Attraction, Twisted Minds, Super Bowl 50, etc.. I also started choreographing for artist and performing at major events. Read more>>

Audra Marie

Texas is apart of the Bible Belt, so we have been slow to embrace body painting but the word is getting out, and I want to help, not only by showing it’s true art form but to also get the message out that such artistry can’t be achieved by simply going to Michaels or Hobby Lobby for craft paint. Read more>>

Mighty Bay

I fell in love with writing and use to write love songs a lot. I brought my tablet everywhere with me. I use to be CDs and Posters just to look at them everyday lol. Fast Forward to me actually pursuing my rap career I link up with some of my friends around the neighborhood and school. Read more>>

Clifford Robinson

I found myself leaning to photography. It was something about taking photos of my friends, the activities we did, and the random scenes I encountered that struck a cord in me. From iPhone to shitty digital point and shoot to shitty fake DSLR to film camera to shitty DSLR to real decent DSLR. Read more>>

Joe Lopez

I’ve never been an outspoken individual, so my art is also my outlet. I could be laying down, and I’ll hear a melody in the back of my head, or I could get home from a very emotionally-induced day and just have a certain drive to write from feeling either lovey-dovey or sad, haha. Read more>>

Rhashida Rubio

I could fondly remember as a young child. I would be asked by my parents to make the cake for Christmas or special occasion. Using only a simple boxed mix and canned frosting, I would create and etch designs in the frosting using a fork. Fast forward several years later, I studied art and design in college in which I gained skills and learned the art of composition. Read more>>

Shameka Chante

I always say I fell into modeling by accident, but really it was a blessing in disguise, which made me develop a deeper love for myself. I know that there are many women and young girls that have been in that very space that I used to be stuck in, and I feel like it’s my duty to help them see the beauty they possess inside and out. I tend to do that through modeling. Read more>>

Julian Spence

I am a professional graphic and web designer by day, sneaker connoisseur, reader, writer, entrepreneur, drummer, and deep thinker by night. My journey started from getting a pair of sneakers after a basketball tryout in 7th grade and feeling joy like no other. Ever since then I’ve been on a quest to recreate that same feeling for myself and others. Read more>>

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