Project Upcoming: A London Project Focusing On Diversity

Project Upcoming: A London Project Focusing On Diversity

It all started with the decision to quit everything and spend time together.

Whether you like to believe it or not, our world is changing. Whether you are in the United States, France, Italy, China, or somewhere else, the world around you is changing. It is becoming the same. It is changing so that there are fewer and fewer differences between people. In a world where it is claimed that differences are the most important thing right now, it sure seems like everyone is posing in the same popular places and poses, and craving the same exact clothes that the most “popular” people are wearing these days. Everything is becoming monotonous and dull.

At least this is the way Sadie Bailey and Josh Nice in London have begun to see the world. This view has led Sadie and Josh to start an amazing project that leaves the uninteresting aspects of today’s youth and aims to discover the uniqueness that these two young adults knew had to exist in the world. The project Sadie and Josh have created is titled Project Upcoming. Project Upcoming focuses on the diversity of the world and the people that are not quite the same. As Sadie describes the project, she and Josh are focusing on the people that are a little different. The people that have a uniqueness to them that they let show instead of hide.

The project started when Sadie and Josh quit everything they were doing and decided to spend all of their time together. A wise choice? They would agree not, but it certainly opened their eyes to the world around them. Sadie and Josh knew many people in London who chose to show their differences rather than conceal them and hide under the monotonous trends. The two began photographing these people, highlighting the uniqueness in hopes that others around them would begin to lose the monotonous feel of everyday life.

Project Upcoming is to be presented in a magazine in London, highlighting many of the great aspects of uniqueness and diversity. As Sadie says, she and Josh aren’t looking for the “psycho killer crazy kind of different, but people who have an inspiring and unique aura about them.” The project to focus on the differences of people and places has been a phenomenal success. Sadie and Josh are currently editing the magazine and booking trips around the world to continue Project Upcoming.

Being able to follow Project Upcoming and all of its updates has been such a pleasure. To learn more about the project, or to view more pictures of the shoots, visit the website here!

Cover Image Credit: Sadie Bailey & Josh Nice

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A Poem To Art Saving Us

Art is what you need it to be.

“Youth is wasted on the young”, I know, and I am trying. So desperately to ensure that my odyssey is a chest of memories that will never diminish.

I find myself staring at the bottom of empty coffee mugs, caught between the backwash of coffee tainted oxygen molecules and morning delays. These cells are nothing but pixilated facades.

Nietzsche says that art does not need to be truth, but isn’t that what it is all about? Is that not what makes it so raw? Making the intangible, tangible? But the only thing true of art is that art saves us. And if that means that what art is made of is not truth; that art is the outcome of a survival mechanism to compose and convince ourselves to feel something so that we do not fall into the black hole of nihilism then so be it.

Because I won’t know any other way. All I know is that I am breathing and thinking and just being.

It is kind of ironic that we depend on each other’s defense mechanisms to live, to prove that our existence isn’t just some fucked evolutionary step. We are so desperate and so in need to find ourselves, to understand that we need to be here that we also begin to see ourselves in the art works. In the brush strokes of Van Gough; in the not so irregular and not so misplaced lines of Picasso’s works. This is both comforting and scary.

Some days it is hard to differentiate yourself from all the art that is surrounding you and I; sorting through all the pieces that are spread along the sunrises, book stores or through the numb vibrations of the rain. Art does not have to be true, but it does have to be a series of releases.

We spend our whole lives breathing in and attacking notes, but we always forget that we can breathe. That in our composition of life we can add our own breath marks. It is okay to release. To breathe in and to stop your tune when needed.

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The 7 Best Pieces of Drag Race Lingo Ru-vealed

Werk it, queen!

Season Three of "RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars" just wrapped last week, but season 10 of Drag Race is scheduled to premiere on March 22nd. You might’ve turned on your TV and thought, “what the heck are they talking about?”. Some of the lingo is confusing and unclear, so here’s a guide to just some of the key catchphrases.

1. The library/Being read

The name of the mini challenge is “Reading is Fundamental, in which queens take turns reading each other. When it’s their turn, they “enter the library”, which just means putting on goofy glasses. Reading is pretty much pointing out flaws but in a funny or over the top way.

2. Shade

Throwing shade is similar to reading someone, but I think of shade as usually more blunt, insulting and less clever.

3. Tea

Derives from the letter “T” standing for truth. Tea refers to gossip, news or information. Commonly used in the sense of “So, what’s the tea?”, which means “girl, what’s the gossip?”. It’s commonly combined with shade, as someone might say “No, tea, no shade, but…” which is a preface saying “no disrespect”. Conversely, someone might say “all tea, all shade” meaning that they know exactly how they sound and don’t care if you’re offended.

4. Fish

A queen is said to be looking fishy/serving fish when they closely resemble a woman. Some of the fishiest queens include Tatianna, Courtney Act, and Farrah Moan.

5. Back Rolls

An insult used in season 5 when Jade Jolie told Alyssa Edwards: “Girl, you had rolls all over the place in the back, it was disgusting!” To which Alyssa responded

6. Snatch Game

A parody of the 1960’s celebrity game show “The Match Game”. On the original show, contestants write in answers to questions, hoping to match the guest judge. Snatch Game operates in the same way, but the contestants have to impersonate a celebrity. This is a challenge that has taken place every season since the second one, and it’s probably the most highly anticipated. This is one of the challenges that really establishes the top queens, as they’re judged based off of likeness and humor. Celebrities that have been impersonated range from Dame Maggie Smith to Britney Spears, Judge Judy, Anna Nicole Smith, and even RuPaul.

7. Comedy vs. Pageant Queens

This is pretty much exactly what it sounds like. Some queens are more specialized in makeup, costumes, and overall pageantry. Others are more campy and over the top. Comedy queens are usually stronger in acting or comedy challenges, but pageant queens have the upper hand in design focused challenges.

So there ya have it, a short list of Drag Race terminology. I RuPaulogize if you got a little lost somewhere, but if you managed to make it through this article….


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