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FROM ARCHITECTURE SCHOOL TO BUILDING STATUS APPAREL DC, WITH GABE MASSALLEY

In city to city, across the world, creatives with healthy entrepreneurial spirits are shifting societal constructs. During this pivotal time, the options are seemingly endless and if opportunities aren't there, new ones are being created by people who are willing to take ownership of their career lives. Among these young innovators is Gabriel Massalley — a Northeast D.C. native who graduated from Temple University with a degree in Architecture, currently holds a full-time job in the field, but spends his time outside of the 9 to 5 window building on his own business.

FROM ARCHITECTURE SCHOOL TO BUILDING STATUS APPAREL DC, WITH GABE MASSALLEY

BRIDGING THE GAP: THE BLACK OUTDOORS STRIVES TO BRING AWARENESS AND EXPOSURE OF PEOPLE OF COLOR IN NATURE

Two visionaries have come together to create a social media brand that highlights adventurers and explorers of color all across the world. The Black Outdoors, created by Tramond Baisden and Ezedube Eze in August 2016, helps increase awareness and exposure of people participating in outdoor recreational activities. This brand seeks to mend the gap between like-minded individuals in the outdoors and to show what possibilities are out there.

BRIDGING THE GAP: THE BLACK OUTDOORS STRIVES TO BRING AWARENESS AND EXPOSURE OF PEOPLE OF COLOR IN NATURE

IT'S MORE THAN JUST MUSIC: THE LIFE OF CHICAGO RAPPER, FEMDOT

Femi Adigun, aka Femdot, is a Chicago based rapper on the rise. He separates himself from others lyrically while also being a great student academically, as he studies biological sciences with a health science concentration and a minor in peace, justice and conflict studies at DePaul University. Throughout all his work at school he still finds time to release new music and continuously delivers. This Nigerian-American artist, at only 22 years old, has been making music his entire life and there’s no stopping him now.

IT'S MORE THAN JUST MUSIC: THE LIFE OF CHICAGO RAPPER, FEMDOT

INTERVIEW: TAPZ, NEW ZEALAND BASED RAPPER/PRODUCER

This week, DARLA is opening ears to New Zealand based Rapper/Producer, TAPZ who has introduced us to the genre of "Noir R&B" music; a blend of Rap, Grunge, and Punk. After fleeing the war torn country of Zimbabwe at a young age, TAPZ began a new chapter of life in Auckland where he was introduced to technology that inspired him to express himself through the art of music.

INTERVIEW: TAPZ, NEW ZEALAND BASED RAPPER/PRODUCER

INTERVIEW: BAD PERCEPTION BY OGEMDI OBIWURU + WILL BRAD

Bad Perception is a clothing line that's designing a new way of thinking when it comes to fashion and lifestyle. What started off as a brand in Long Beach, California with a skate culture aesthetic is now becoming a more high-end line of cut and sew garments. Self-taught designers, Ogemdi "Osso" Obiwuru + Will Brad started off hustling $10 T-shirts in local malls and taking risks to get access to industry events filled with their idols.

INTERVIEW: BAD PERCEPTION BY OGEMDI OBIWURU + WILL BRAD

URBANE BY JASON RICHARDSON

URBANE is a new lifestyle brand under the Avenue Black company created by Jason Richardson — a 24 year old designer and entrepreneur from New Jersey. For SS16 Jason has released two custom-cut "Remission" basketball jerseys + a custom cut "Untitled" hat and linked up with model, Sonya Marin, and photographer, Brandon Almengo, to shoot the look book. Both Jason + Sonya are cancer survivors with inspiring stories about how they have found the strength to keep pushing when the odds were against them.

URBANE BY JASON RICHARDSON