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  • THE WILD REEDS

    THE WILD REEDS

    I caught up with indie folk rockers The Wild Reeds at San Francisco’s Outside Lands festival, one of the last stops on a long west coast tour before they headed back to their native Los Angeles and then on to the East Coast for more shows. Check out their epic cover of “House of the Rising Sun”, an exclusive acoustic performance of their beautiful tune “Selfish” and my interview with these amazingly talented women who reflect on how they’ve evolved as performers and the power of music to make you feel connected during lonely moments when you’re convinced you’re “the weirdest person in the world.”

  • MARIAMA

    MARIAMA

    “To me music is the universe. I don’t know, it’s everything… The moment you release something it’s no longer yours in a way because everybody can make it their own.” On a sunny afternoon in Paris during a short break from her summer tour, talented singer-songwriter Mariama took me to her apartment near the Metro Laumière in the 19th arrondissement. Born in Sierra Leone and raised in Cologne, Mariama says her rich multicultural background has contributed to the curiosity that fuels her music.

  • HIP HOP FOR CHANGE

    HIP HOP FOR CHANGE

    “We get a depiction of young brown and black people in the media that sets us up for failure. Our kids are getting ideals that they can never live up to instead of having an accessible form of expression that they can use to find out who they are… these cultural forms of expression are so necessary for us to have for ourselves as a community that it is a travesty to say the least what these corporations have done with the platform for our culture. So that’s what Hip Hop For Change is bringing back.”

  • JULIETTE DRAGON

    JULIETTE DRAGON

    In addition to singing in a ‘Sensual Garage Rock Band’ with her husband called Rikkha, Juliette Dragon puts on scintillating cabaret productions with her burlesque company, Le Cabaret des Filles de Joie, and founded the first burlesque school in Paris: Ecole des Filles de Joie. Girls at her school learn more than just how to dance– they are learning not just to shake but to own and feel good about what their mamas gave them. “You have to like and to love yourself to be able to be loved by someone else. In my school the girls are learning how to love themselves and love each other.”

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  • CHRISTINE DONALDSON

    CHRISTINE DONALDSON

    “Music has grown to be a part of a cycle in my life where I experience everything that the earth has to give us and in return I have this music I can share as a thank you to the universe and a way of sending my story back into the world.” It was a very cold and windy day at Sutro Baths in San Francisco but Christine Donaldson kept a cheery attitude throughout our shoot, noting that the grey and foggy weather suited the melancholy tune of her song.

  • REID ‘SEX GEEK’ MIHALKO

    REID ‘SEX GEEK’ MIHALKO

    “In a culture where we were taught ‘never talk about this,’ your ability to talk about your own wants, needs and desires, especially around sex, that’s like a revolutionary act… exercising those kinds of muscles makes you stronger in every other area of your life.” Sex educator and Cuddle Party co-creator Reid Mihalko shares the early inspiration for his career, his role in helping further the sex positive movement, and his philosophy about life, love and relationships.

  • KODY RIEHL

    KODY RIEHL

    “If you can imagine that every time you play is a prayer… somehow you do feel something spiritual.” Though he’s just getting ready to put out his first album, 23-year-old Kody Riehl has already amassed quite a following– 23.5 thousand instagram followers to be exact– something he attributes to his girlfriend’s savvy marketing skills (sorry ladies). He performs “Grab That Place” at his home in Kailua, HI.

  • MATT BRADFORD

    MATT BRADFORD

    “With the sad songs, I can take the sadness and I can put it in the song… I can just give it to the song and then the song can have the sadness and I don’t have to have it.” We sat down in Matt’s apartment on the west side of LA where he recorded his latest album, “Broken Hymns.” Check out his performance above of “Ain’t Ready To Stop” from the new record.

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  • INSPIRATION CAMPAIGN

    INSPIRATION CAMPAIGN

    “What I love about inspiration campaign is it’s reminding me that we’re in this together, and I am enough.” This was Inspiration Campaign’s 3rd year at the conference inspiring attendees to share their messages with the world and to participate in creating people-powered mass media as gifts to human consciousness.

  • JENNIFHER FULOPP

    JENNIFHER FULOPP

    “Your past does not determine your future… I just want people to embrace their story. Just being authentic in this world is a gift.” A bodybuilder and aspiring motivational speaker, Jeniffher hopes that opening up about painful memories from her past as an alcoholic sex worker and sexual abuse survivor will inspire others to overcome the challenges in their own lives.