THE SUPERSTAR AGENDA IS THE ARTIST’S AGENDA

Superstars are individuals who exhibit an amplified individuality. They enjoy strong resonance between their natural creative predispositions, the activities they perform on a daily basis, and the environment in which they inhabit and influence.

Topics: Fall 2017, Recent Issue, Spring 2017
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CARLOS ANDRES GOMEZ (SPOKEN WORD POET): “Everything I do; I have to do with this absolute abandon”

Carlos is a spoken word poet who Cornell West describes as “powerful, truthful, and sublime.” He has a viewership in the millions and his coming of age memoir, Man Up, has been described as a “fervent manifesto” by the Washington Post.

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KHARY LAZARRE-WHITE (CO-FOUNDER THE BROTHERHOOD/SISTER SOL): “I’m not interested in the person that is not interested in the world”

Khary is the co-founder of The Brotherhood/Sister Sol: an entity providing wrap-around services to young people. Oprah Winfrey describes him as “using his passion to uplift and inspire a next generation.” Khary’s first novel, Passage, which released in the fall of 2017, has already been named to the Wall Street Journal’s Best in New Fiction list.

Topics: Fall 2017, Recent Issue
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SUE PHILLIPS (PRESIDENT AND CEO, SCENTERPRISES): “What is the core value? What is the core message of the fragrance?”

Sue is a fragrance maven who designed the Tiffany and Burberry fragrances. She has also designed scents for celebrities such as Jamie Foxx, Katie Holmes, and Zendaya. For Sue, scent is about memories, emotions, and reflecting individuality.

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ADAM STRAUSS (COMEDIAN): “Do I absolutely need to say this? Does this come from my deepest being?”

Adam is a storyteller. In his widely acclaimed, one-of-a-kind solo show, The Mushroom Cure, he narrates a deeply personal journey: his quest to find a cure for his obsessive compulsive disorder by experimenting with psychedelics.

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YELENA YORK (POINTILLIST): “When it comes to my art, I would never change anything for you”

Yelena is an expert in pointillism: an artistic technique that requires months of devotion to creating large elaborate pieces using a sequence of pen-point dots. She is sponsored by Copic (the famous marker company) and has been featured by Complex Magazine.

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NANA MENSAH (ACTRESS, WRITER, PRODUCER, DIRECTOR): “I THINK PEOPLE WHOSE EGOS HAVEN’T TAKEN A BEATING. THEY’RE DUE”

Nana is a critically acclaimed actress. The New York Times calls her “marvelous.” She is also a talented writer, producer and director. We discuss her journey so far and what “superstar” means to her.

Topics: Spring 2017
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MIRIAM WASMUND (Dancer, Fitness Coach): “Take responsibility for your learning.”

Miriam Wasmund is one of the most sought after fitness coaches in New York. An elite teacher. A trainer’s trainer. She has cultivated a loyal community through an approach that is focused on no gimmicks and sound movement science. Here are her Top 12 lessons.

Topics: Spring 2017
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SHREYANS BHANSALI (CO-FOUNDER SOCRATIC.ORG): “SOME THINGS ARE REAL DESIRES. IF YOU RECOGNIZE THEM, THERE’S A LOT OF INTERESTINGNESS AND JOY THAT CAN COME OUT OF IT”

Shreyans is co-founder and Chief Technology Officer at Socratic – the revolutionary learning app. We discuss his path to Socratic and how this deliberate pattern-finding creator is steeped in the worlds of photography and entrepreneurship.

Topics: Spring 2017
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ERIC LOCKLEY (CANNES FILM FESTIVAL ACTOR, WRITER & PRODUCER): “FOLLOW YOUR BLISS”

Eric is a talented actor, writer and producer. He also won the prestigious Showtime at the Apollo three times. In this first segment, we discuss whether he considers himself a superstar and his short film The Jump.

Topics: Spring 2017
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YAEL EISENSTAT (CIA ANALYST, NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR TO VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN, CONTRIBUTOR TO THE NEW YORK TIMES, TIME MAGAZINE, CNN, CBS): “I WILL SIT IN A ROOM AND STARE DOWN A 4-STAR GENERAL AND TELL HIM WHAT I THINK”

Yael is a former CIA analyst, was a National Security Advisor to Vice President Joe Biden, and has contributed to The New York Times, Time Magazine, CNN and CBS. We discuss her experience at the CIA and what superstardom means to her.

Topics: Spring 2017
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