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Muse by KosCos

Muse by KosCos

Artists find inspiration in nature, traveling, and cities. But perhaps the greatest of inspirations is other people. Humans were not made to be in isolation. We crave intimacy and relationships. Although that also brings with it much frustration and pain; it is still worth it. […]

How an Aboriginal Artist Turned His Life into an Inspiration for Others

How an Aboriginal Artist Turned His Life into an Inspiration for Others

We saw Illustrated for the first time at a Poetry Slam in Edmonton. There was something very unique about his style and content. His words elicited a realism and intensity that we had not seen before. We hoped to get the chance to speak to […]

Watch This Musician Address Poverty in the Most Powerful Way

Watch This Musician Address Poverty in the Most Powerful Way

Earlier this year I was walking around the old iHuman. A couple of youths had just shared some really deep stuff with me. I was thinking, this is really frontline work. What would happen if one of these youth divulged this information to a church member… this is what i’m going through. The response would probably be, I’ll pray for you.

That’s not enough.

This song came out of that. Initially I was really nervous. I didn’t want it to be another song; planned out, structured. I wanted it be real; to speak truth.

The first place I played it was 5 minutes after finishing it, I played it for my youth. I played it on the speakers and they loved it. They thought it was cool. It was nice to get that validation.

It’s not something I have really talked about, but it’s my story too because I’m accustomed to poverty. It’s weird how poverty messes with you. You can’t see anything beyond that. When my parents moved us from Ivory Coast, we moved from a comfortable life to practically having nothing and relying on others for everything. We didn’t even have furniture. My dad would tell us we were camping. It was tough times.

But seeing these kids who go through poverty and trauma, on top of that the stigma, the labeling, and on top of that they’re pushed down. That’s where the song comes from. It’s not the typical perspective. it’s about questioning the status quo.

My favourite line is, “Is there something more than prayer that I can offer.”

P.S. Make sure to support and vote for Enoch right here: http://www.myunitedwayvoice.ca/ He is taking part in a project that is trying to bring awareness to the issue of poverty.

Enoch Attey
https://www.facebook.com/enoch.attey
Edmonton, CANADA

Note: featured image by Joey Dillon

Beautiful Mess by Jorge Robleto

Beautiful Mess by Jorge Robleto

We are given a short amount of time on this little blue dot. The question that we must ask ourselves then is, “what will we do with the time that we have?” This book has taken me many hours to complete and it is exciting […]

How to be Inspired to Create

How to be Inspired to Create

Telescope your vision As far as you can see Imprint every color Remember every tree Look out towards the water This is what life should be What is inspiration? It is looking into the eyes of your lover and smiling. It is seeing injustice and […]


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