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CHAPTER 1: "LOVE + SEX"
IXSHOOT: FORGOTTEN VALENTINE
WRITING CONFESSIONS #1
WRITING CONFESSIONS #2
IXSPOTLIGHT: RUSH BOWLES
CHAPTER 2: "WHOLE-ISTIC HEALING"
IXSPOTLIGHT: ERYC SIMPSON
WRITING CONFESSIONS #3
YOU ANSWERED! HEALTH TIPS
IXSPOTLIGHT: DEVON NEFF
CHAPTER 3: "BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE"
NIGHT OUT CHICAGO PART 1
NIGHT OUT CHICAGO PART 2
YOU ANSWERED! BEAUTY TIPS!
NO ARTIFICIAL (YOU) ALLOWED
WRITING CONFESSIONS #4
IXSPOTLIGHT: BENITA BUNGER
IXSPOTLIGHT: SASHA M. & RISER61
CHAPTER 4: "THE MONEY GAME"
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XAVONNI'S TIPS ON CASHING OUT
IXSPOTLIGHT: GERMAINE MOODY
CHAPTER 5: "SPIRIT FLOW"
IXSPOTLIGHT: IMAN ALI
XAVONNI'S TIPS ON SPIRIT FLOW
IXSHOOT: TAURUS IXFASHION PARTY
WRITING CONFESSIONS #5
WRITING CONFESSIONS #6
IXSPOTLIGHT: SERENA ELIS
CHAPTER 6: "URBAN FUTURA"
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IXSHOOT: HOODHIPPIE FASHION
IXSPOTLIGHT: MA-OR DAV
CHAPTER 7: "THE FIFTH DIMENSION"
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WRITING CONFESSIONS #7
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CHAPTER 8: "UNDER THE MOONLIGHT"
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CHAPTER 9: "LIFE IN FLIGHT"
XA'VONNI TALKS LIFE & ART
XA'VONNI'S TOP TIPS TO MOVING
IXSPOTLIGHT: GAURI CHOPRA
CITY in FOCUS: CHICAGO
IXSPOTLIGHT: MANDY PENNINGTON
CHAPTER 10: "SPOON"
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IXSPOTLIGHT: ARACELIA MARTINEZ
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FINALE: THANK YOU
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WHY I CREATED THICKK
I can only speak from experience...the experience of a size 8 (sometimes 10/12) woman that her entire
30-something years on this earth, has been trained by society that the only way to be truly beautiful is
to be slim or underweight instead of simply "your best self".
The experience of reading hundreds upon hundreds of magazines over many years that featured
only size 0 - 4 models, saying that theirs was the only "beauty standard"..
The experience of being a 5-year certified modeling instructor at the modeling schools, training over
1,000 young females on how to truly be beautiful on the inside and outside.. and to at the same time,
know that the modeling industry represents petite models and size 14 +“plus size” models...then we
have the IG loving "Insta-famous" fitness & beauty models, the Glamour almost Porn Style
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But where are the fit, sexy, HEALTHYmid-sized
Where are my real women? Where are
my real "people"? Real art, real fashion,
and real culture?
Well, we have that here in THICKK
MAG. We are ready. We are the
"Queen Bees", honey!
We as women globally are constantly
told to lose weight to get much smaller.
If we are frustrated with our diets and
exercise habits, we may go up in size,
but usually, our weight does NOT
fluctuate to either extreme and if it
does, who cares? Curves are sexy!
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Another point is that for some of us, as
women in the middle of these sizes,
well..we are lost in a size range that
judges us and SUITS no one, affecting
our self-esteem, other’s perceptions of
us as "doing something wrong or not
being good enough". We must break
back in the
Every woman IS the PERFECT WOMAN.
In these pages, we aim to inspire you to
be a WEIGHT RANGE not a SIZE.
But even more so...it is NOT ABOUT your
LOOKS..it is a Body-Happy Woman that
is EMPOWERED. Is that you?
The goal of THICKK Magazine is to
“CELEBRATE the "Modern Power
Woman Making Moves!”
Alongside some totally great..well,
as a depth
in a Fashionably Creative
Kulture that reflects her
best confident self, one that
is THICKK with ideas,
potential + possibilities to
bring more greatness
to this world.
BODY, MIND & SPIRIT."
In these pages, I aim to reveal a collection of
women, men, ideas, opinions, artwork
& freakin' amazing! life hustles and
tips that spoke to us at INNOVA X. Also...
- To show off what INNOVA X can do! from
design to writing to talent selection.
In her pages, you will read some unique
things, like "Do we have a soul?" answered
by REAL PEOPLE in the INNOVA X network, to
"What is the Future like in 5 Years?" to
7 Writing Confessions, plus get access
to IXSpecial Offers, Artist Interviews, our
Luxury Theme Photoshoots, explore our
Artists in the Spotlight! Wow we have it all!
This magazine shows you a YEAR of
production of our work! with our fellow
supporters, collaborators & IXTeam.
We are a movement!
And who do we have here? Well, featured in
these pages are some of CHICAGO's best
talent! Do you recognize anyone?
Or perhaps Miami, NYC or Internationally?
We invite you to join our projects this year!
Issue #2 2020 is underway!
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B O D Y T R A V E L S
B L I S S F U L B O U N D L E S S B I T E S
L O V E + S E X
G U A P O K I S S K I S S
S A C R E D H O T S P O T S H O T S
M A K E
L O V E
N O T
W A R
S K I N W I N S
- Andre Bland
think. It's much harder to be in a
LOVE + SEX
WHAT MATTERS MORE
NOWADAYS? LOVE OR SEX?
IS A RELATIONSHIP
WORTH IT ANYMORE?
"Sexy love is the best. You can have sex
in any relationship but true love will
never lack sexiness. The saying that it
takes the right person is very true. You
should be open to try, attempt, consider
your significant other's feelings.
Sometimes you gotta do stuff that you
dislike, within boundaries and
consideration from both sides. Love
these days seems about how long you
can be with someone and not about
being one together". - Juan Hernandez
"I believe in Karmic
Partners, I believe in
think it's all a life
lesson, a journey. A life
partner that is a
soulmate AND a karmic
partner is the most
intense but the most
best sex is
get older and learn what life truly is
what you have to learn about,
others, but yourself, you will quickly
an understanding that love
actually comes in different forms. It isn't just
the sex, it's the time you've spent with each
"Love matters more. But we should
other, the sacrifice, the commitment.
be clear that unconditional, real love
Now a days, relationships aren't worth
matters more. Conditional love falls
fighting for or even to be searching for, I
below sex. Without intimate sex,
many relationships can crumble."
relationship now then back then.
Everything use to be so innocent like
"Love will ALWAYS matter more. It should
always be the foundation of any
relationship you enter, whether platonic
or otherwise. If there is an absence of
love, there is an absence of the glue that
will ultimately hold the relationship
together once the excitement from the sex
wears down, which it inevitably will. Our
society is currently over-saturated with
sex. It is easy to find. However, love is the
hidden treasure that makes you search,
work and fight for it. It's the only thing
that makes a relationship truly worth
fighting for." -Fa'darryl brown
is more important,
it. We are no
then animals if all
did was reproduce and
on to another. I
in waiting and
your body as a gift
the man or woman you
in love with." - J.S.
holding hands was a big deal. Nowadays
the kids are numb."
- Darlene Pham
"You can’t have rice without the
beans!! One magnifies the
purpose of the other, making for
a healthy life. Sex connects
energies best when REAL LOVE
is active. It’s always worth it,
however difficult it may seem to
find;) ARROZ Y
HABICHUELAS!!!" - K.B.
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Text about the article photo
would fit perfectly here.
I decided to start my first Chicago Fashion Mixxer for
18 'FEB VALENTINE
Innova X Arts in Pilsen AFTER Valentines. Why? Well...With so much
focus on V-day coupling, what about the countless almost gf/bfs that
That don't receive that "Happy V-day Babe! Thinking of you"
text? That are through that first month or....going on 4 months! and
still not "official"? Why is True Love so much harder nowadays?
Why are so many people broken, unhealed and full of baggage?
MODEL: JENNA MARIEE
We seek "oneness"
are we "#1" with
ourselves? Are we
loving and healing
ourselves as we wait
for the"one"? So
much pain and many
with endless ways to
run away at first
moment of conflict.
...Fix the damage
the past and Forgive
poor choices. your
It starts with you..
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Why I’ve never written about this relationship.
I had thrived off of my own romantic misfortune for eons. Goofy mishaps with strangers,
relationships that just didn’t work, and the like have really fueled my writing. I pulled from every
dark corner, every silly encounter, every bump in the road. But that all stopped when I entered this
one. I couldn’t find the words, I couldn’t find my voice,
I just couldn’t. At first, I thought it was a good thing, that I was happy and that’s why writing about
him, about us, was not happening. But as I reflect on the last year and a half, I have realized that
wasn’t the case at all. I don’t write about this relationship because being honest with myself
regarding him scares me shitless. Let me start with saying he isn’t a bad guy, but over the year (s)
I’ve realized we are just simply two totally different people whose compatibility is nonexistent.
Writing about us, meant writing me out of us, and that scared me. What I didn’t realize is that
through not writing about what was happening in the now, I stopped writing in general, thus feeling
eternally lost to the person that I have always known myself to be. Sometimes you encounter a
person, polar opposite of you, and the relationship works. There is enough give and take, and the
compromise exists on both sides. But sometimes it just doesn’t work out, and through trying and
trying you begin to lose your identity.
Honesty with yourself in any relationship is so important...It’s been almost two years, and I don’t feel
any closer to him than day one and I feel even further from myself. I’ve stopped recognizing the
human that stares back at me in the mirror.
Stopped doing the things I love because they don’t interest him. I’ve become one of those
girlfriends so desperate to keep it together that internally I lay in shattered pieces strewn about
this studio apartment I can't afford on my own. How do you tell someone they don’t feed your soul?
How do you tell someone that through them, you’ve allowed yourself to stop feeding your own soul?
I’m starving. Because when you stop listening to your needs, you stop taking care of you. You begin
to put everything they want in front of your own wants, and that my friends leaves you lonely. I feel
alone in my relationship.
The way we differ is both simple and unbelievably complicated. I live in a consistent oxymoron. I sit
and imagine all the different outcomes, all the different types of things the future could hold. I go
back to when this all started and I think about... “what if I just kept it as friends?” I mean, we started
this whole thing closer than ever and I sometimes think that it should have stayed platonic...
To be Continued...at www.InnovaXarts.com
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T h o u g h t o f Y o u
t h o u g h t o f y o u w i t h b i t t e r n e s s ,
t a s t e d s i n u p o n y o u r l i p s ,
p a i n t t h e w a l l s w i t h g i b b e r i s h ,
c a r r y p a i n s o f e m p t i n e s s ,
s a w t h e s t a r s i n y o u r e c l i p s e ,
b e a r t h e b r u n t o f i t s h e a v i n e s s ,
n d c a s t m y c r i e s t o t h e a b y s s .
’ m s i c k n o w b e c a u s e o f t h i s ,
p l a c e d m y r o s e s o n y o u r h i p s ,
d o n ’ t r e c a l l h o w w e s t a r t e d t h i s ,
n d l o n g i n g l y c a l l f o r o n e l a s t f i x .
s t a r e w a n t o n l y a t m y w r i s t s ,
t ’ s n o c u r s e , t h i s w i l l p e r s i s t ,
a w a i t t h e d a y I c e a s e t o e x i s t ,
n d p r a y t o p u t a n e n d t o t h i s .
’ m f r a u g h t w i t h a c h e s t h r o u g h o u t m y c h e s t ,
a n c e d o n r a z o r s a n d c o n f e s s e d ,
h e r e ’ s n o o n e h e r e ,
h e r e ’ s n o t h i n g l e f t ,
a m n o t h e ,
a m n o t b e s t ,
A n d p l a n f o r t h e A p o c a l y p s e .
S o , l e a v e m e h e r e ,
L i k e t h e r e s t .
L O V E & S E X
A R T W O R K
Rush Bowles was born and raised in Miami, Florida. Considered a "Futuristic Surrealist", he
has traveled around the world to study the arts and evolved his craft.
Rush was "Artist of the Year" for the Miami Dade Coastal Conservation Association and
was chosen by Miami Dade Transit as "1 of 10 artists to have their art on the back of Miami
Dade Buses" in partnership with Transit Loves the Arts in 2016. In 2017, Rush was named "1 of
the top 6 new emerging artist by the prestigious Wynwood Life Street Festival."
Says Rush, "Art became my religion by chance. Although I have always been creative since
a young child, I didn't become artistic until I nearly became blind due to a tumor that nearly
blinded me. During the time that Baskin Palmer Eye Institute diagnosed me with the tumor
till the day they released me in good health, I used my art work as self therapy to escape the
fear of permanent blindness. From that day forward, my art work and creating it, is who I
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E A R T H L Y V I B E T R I B E
F R I E N D L Y F L O R A F R I E N D S
W H O L E - I S T I C
H E A L I N G
M I N D O V E R M A T T E R
C E L L U L A R A L C H E M Y
H E A L
T H Y S E L F
A N C I E N T A N C E S T R A L E L I X I R S
SHOULD WEED BE LEGAL?
"Weed is a natural plant that
mankind didn't create. Well, the
truth is out anyway. Same people
who use to fight it made it legal.
In a matter of time, it will be legal
people as long
"high" their allow to
others, on trespass the
"Watch Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s
CNN special titled “Weed”,
when you see a small child
having over 300 seizures per
day go to between 0-3 per
day after taking drops of
medicinal CBD, when you see
people suffering from cancer
who can’t eat be able to eat
edibles and have some level of
comfort then what is there to
What about veterans and
others with PTSD who use
marijuana as a successful
coping mechanism?" J.K.
alot of weed,
detoxing, can open a
That is why it
been illegal for so long."
been safe...and much
safer than alcohol."
- Bill Roberts
"Weed opens your
mind to ask the
questions of the
questions you never
thought to question."
"Herb is the
healing of a
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Chronic invisible illnesses. That is a thing. The problem with them being invisible, is they are extremely tricky
to diagnose. I am going to tell you what went through my mind the day I learned I am a Zebra in a field of
horses. But first, I'll tell you a very brief history, as I don't want the point of this to become about the the
"disease" but more about how the explanation helped me.
I had been struggling with health issues since I was 8 years old. Started out minor, stomach aches. They
progressed over the years. Symptoms like body aches, extreme exhaustion, and injuring myself way too
easily became noticable over the years. They came and went, along with the chronic nausea and stomach
I would go through "spells" you could say. I was sent to Mayo clinic for a week, and refused to go back for
6 weeks for "Pain management" because I knew there had to be an answer other than managing
symptoms. In 2015-2016 I contracted mono, battled MRSA 6 times, underwent gallbladder and appendix
surgery, as well as getting nerves in my back burned because I was told I have moderate arthritis in some
facet joins in my spine. This was all in a span of 8 months. BUT, and here's the good news. This ALL helped
lead me to the day that changed my life, oddly for the better.
Getting diagnosed with Ehler-Danlos Syndrome was surreal. Some people fall into a deep depression when
they get diagnosed with a chronic condition, which is understandable. Because if it can't be cured, what's the
point in trying? I, however, look back on that day is a day that will change me for the better.
I was numb when the doctor finally told me, after 12 years of not knowing and being told I was making it
up, I finally had answers. I didn't know what to think. I had hope and prayed that day that I would finally
get answers. But when I did, I felt so many emotions, it felt like I had none. After the shock wore off, there
I spent a few days in tears. But I made a deal with myself, I wouldn't look on the internet for too much
information because my body is my body, my story is my story. I soon too realized that this diagnosis
doesn't change much. This is not something I just got, this is something I've always had. Finally, this lead to
me making my own little "motto."
This isn't a disease, this is an explanation for what I'm feeling, explanation leads understanding,
understanding leads to acceptance, Acceptance leads to peace." This mindset truly made me realize that
this syndrome is as much a part of me as my finger or toe, but it is NOT me.
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Then healing took place when I
made peace. I started truly listening
to my body. I was careful who I
listened too, because I'm 1 in
10,000-15,000 and chances are
my body may not react to it the
same way as theirs.
I started working on one symptom
at a time and taking baby steps,
literally. It started by walking with
my cane to the end of the driveway
That was it. starting small, and
building my body up. I was
committed to finding a new normal.
A new, healthy, normal. It wasn't
easy, it still isn't.
The change that happened within
the last year still astonishes me, and
I am excited to see how far I will go
in the next I went from not being
able to walk up a flight of stairs, to
going up and down them 15 times a
I lost 27% of my body weight (56lbs)
which I had originally gained from
being sick and on bedrest. I decided
to go back to school.
I was told my dreams of being a surgical technologist was not the best decision for me. So, I found
a new passion aside from a new subject in college I'm thrilled to be studying. I found my creative
side. Being stuck in bed so much, some days I physically was too exhausted to eat. But the days
where I felt better, I learned something new about myself.
I like to teach myself things, I taught myself how to do makeup, play a few songs on the Ukulele,
made some hats and customized beer mugs, because why not? Having that time to get to know ME
as a person, as this new person, was something I didn't think was possible....
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S P I R I T F L O W
F R E E 1 S E L F
J O U R N E Y
W I T H I N
N A M A S T E A L L D A Y
DO YOU BELIEVE WE HAVE A SOUL?
DOES IT LEAVE THE BODY UPON
DEATH? GOES WHERE?
"Well I had one near death
experience when I was 19. I felt that
all I had was my mind in a hollow
dark space, I could see my body and
I felt far away from it. I saw the
light. I know that sounds weird but I
really thought I was dying and my
conscious said that to myself "don't
die yet". A few hours later, I was
conscious. Maybe thats why I live
on the edge because life is short.
Life is precious. That's why it's good
to have a pure heart."
- Serena Ellis
"Absolutely! We're not robots, its what
makes us human. Each soul eloquently
made up and uniquely crafted. Death is
just an abrupt stop to what was. Our
earthly bodies give out...our spirits are
"- Ruby Bergeron
"Yes we all have a soul. As soon as this body
cease to exist, the soul immediately
returns back to its creator. Everything that
is created, all have a creator. Death is
transition and is very much similar to sleep.
As soon as you close your eyes on this side.
You immediately open your eyes on the
other side. A very quick transition."
- Orrick Quick
"At 15, I had an out of body experience where i
heard a voice tell me that there was
"a god and i must follow him. " this was 3 days
after meditating and studying buddhism and not
experiencing anything. I had decided to be an
atheist and give up up further studies. next day I
I had this experience of body paralysis,
I forced my eyes open to see my teenage room
visually enhanced to see all items in full
clarity full peripheral. I floated forward
about my room only soul then!..well..I will
share the full story of this one day"- Xa'Vonni
"If we as people have a spirit or
energy, science tells us that energy
cannot be destroyed it only changes
form" -Christopher Fisher
"I believe things differently,
We don't "have" a soul, we are a soul. Our "physical", material selves are better
explained by quantum physics, who we are is more than meat, fat, bones and
what is external of that, who we are is what our soul is and as to where it goes
after, I think the answer is no where, we have never left or arrived anywhere,
energy cannot be created or destroyed, we are where we shall always be, the
origin of the energy that makes us is simultaneously alive everywhere and
always, before and after conscious perception of any individual. Our bodies
"die", the soul is only "ours" during that brief period that we are allowed to
consciously perceive a body and the world we see."
- Ronnie Soto
the John Hopkins and Mayo Clinic to
Osher Center for Integrative
to the best oncology centers in
Reiki is the fastest growing and most
backed energy therapy treating
patients and practitioners alike.
Ali, RMT, a Reiki Master Teacher
the technique nearly 5 years ago
is now helping expand the use of Reiki in
and non-clinical settings throughout
a Research Assistant for
University Feinberg School of
and its Osher Center for Integrative
collects data on the impact of
receiving integrative therapies like
Osher Center at Northwestern is one of six
centers, including Harvard and
a beautiful model, where MDs
and Massage Therapists (who
Reiki practitioners) all work together under
roof to address the entire person and not
journey toward wellness began back in
after her father died suddenly of a trauma.
the tender age of 18, Iman found herself in
hospital after having to sign for her father's
and a pill couldn't truly heal her
wounds. In the fall of 1995 she
Yoga and Meditation and took her
class, learning to reconnect mind, body
was taught healing visualization
by her Japanese meditation
and her journey toward wholeness
energy centers of the body. Chakra is a
word that means wheel or disk. In
Vanderbilt, designed to study, teach and
practice integrative medicine.
just the illness," said Ali.
body and plan his funeral.
doctors wanted to medicate her,
she knew that medication wasn't the
meditating for nearly a decade, in 2005,
took her first "chakra" class to learn about
THE BEAUTY OF
with Iman Ali
There are seven major chakras along the spinal cord starting from the
base of the spine through the top of the head.
These wheels correspond to massive nerve centers in the body. Each
chakra contains bundles of nerves and major organs as well as our
psychological, emotional and spiritual state of being. Because everything
is in motion, it's essential that the seven main chakras stay open, aligned
and fluid. When there is a blockage energy can not flow.
Blocked or closed chakras cause many issues that if left imbalanced can
cause physical and psychological dis-ease. What Western or alopathic
medicine is now understanding is the integral connection between mind
body when it relates to disease, and there is not one that is not rooted in
some type of prolonged emotional or mental dis-stress.
Reiki is a deeply relaxing therapy that stimulates the human energy field
to encourage it's natural healing process. Reiki is a performed with light
touch or hands hovering slightly above the endocrine system. The
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the
Natural Institute of health classifies Reiki as "biofield therapy or energy
Due to the fast, dramatic results of Reiki, it is now performed on
individuals in nursing homes, hospice, spas, and hospitals throughout
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A 60-minute Reiki sessions is performed with the client fully dressed on a massage table.
There is no manipulation of muscle or tissues. The practitioners hands are either slightly
above or along the endocrine system, major organs, and charkas,on the front and back of
Warmth or tingling sensation can be generally felt by the client during session, along with
a deep sense of relaxation, calm and clarity of thought.
"What i love about Reiki is that it is gentle of both the client and the practitioner. There is
no back-wash of energy or transference of energy on the practitioner like with massage.
And Reiki is a great self care technique for therapists," said Iman.
As a Reiki Master Teacher, Iman is certified to teach Reiki 1,2 and Master Levels.
As a practitioner you can book a private session with her or see her at the following
locations, The Ruby Room in Wicker Park, Essence of Life in River West.
She also will be performing Reiki in clinical settings like Advocate Illinois Masonic Cancer
and Infusion Center as a part of The Urban Zen Integrative Therapy program, founding by
fashion icon Donna Karan. Urban Zen Integrative Therapy treats Pain, Anxiety, Nausea,
Insomnia, Constipation and Exhaustion using Reiki, Aromatherapy, Restorative Pose,
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1. Recognize that your SPIRITUAL JOURNEY is your OWN JOURNEY.
It is all a PERCEPTUAL REALITY. What does that mean? That your
view of life is actually from your own VIEWPOINT and a VISUAL
CREATION. It all related to your upbringing, your beliefs, your past
and your inner knowing and voice! So worry about you! Don't judge
someone else's journey! They "see" things differently. Truths of
perception DO resonate though.
2. If you never attempted Yoga before, locate your closest local studio
and try a free class (they all do it), go for Beginner's Yoga like Vinyasa
(Slow Pace). Ashtanga is great too (more faster pace, and meditative).
Come early and sit in the back to calm your nerves! I first took yoga in
my art school at age 18, it was unique to take in theater class, and it
allowed me to then practice on and off for over 10 years! Really put a
standard to my body! Yoga will help your joints and bones age better, so
your body is more flexible. Starting now is better than never.
3. During one of my first meditative yoga classes at 17 years old, I fell
into a trance where I was able to touch my toes, and be more flexible
than usual. In sitting position, a WHITE FLOWER appeared before me,
of which I could "smell the taste of the flower" or "taste the smell", an
intermingling of senses past humanness, and basically felt a spiritual
awakening with this unknown imagery. I left the studio feeling an
incredible light aura around me. Strangers noticed it and smiled at
me. It wasn't until later that I realized the white flower was...THE
LOTUS which is an incredible symbol across cultures in Buddhism,
Egyptian cultures etc. of a "Spiritual Rebirth." This experience was one
4. Try a CHAKRA cleansing, my favorite tool is Deepak Chopra's
Chakra Cleansing CD. Its on Youtube for free! I didn't believe we had
chakras nor know what they were! until I listened and FELT them
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awareness, derived neither from perception
energy, some more subtle than others
ideas, inspiration this way. It’s also been
Now, meditation tends to intimidate
people. I hear things like “I’ve tried, and I
thing, it’s not hard like some people
think. It can be as simple as listing to a
All of the psychic teachers I’ve had agree
that psychic abilities and intuition is like
a “muscle”. It can be developed.
Tapping into intuition and getting a
feel for the fact that everything is just
and it is all around us is a great start.
S T E P
This has been the number one way I’ve
tapped into my own intuition. I’ll often
get “downloads” messages, thoughts,
how I’ve transformed my thought
patterns and created a happy, peaceful
reality because our thoughts really do
I’ve been on an intense spiritual journey of
self-discovery for about 9 years. This has
create our reality.
lead me to discovering nearly three years
ago that I’m a psychic medium.
can’t do it”. Meditation isn’t about
Psychologists define intuition as
“immediate understanding, knowledge, or
stopping our thoughts so much as
becoming aware of them. Here’s the
nor from reasoning.”
10-minute free guided beginner’s
It’s an automatic, effortless feeling often
meditation. Really, that’s it.
psychic teachers I’ve had agree that psychic
quickly motivates you to act. All of the
abilities and intuition is like a “muscle”.
many of us, our minds have been conditioned to
at what’s lacking and the negative side of things.
can re-program this through intention. By focusing
what we’re grateful for it raises our vibration.
has its own vibrational frequency – the table
the car – the picture frame – the rock – even our
and feelings. It is all governed by The Law of
Your vibration is how high or low your
the beauty and magnificence hidden all around us
the time. The more you appreciate these things the
are moved not by the goal itself but by the
of the process of moving towards the
goal.” - Unknown
need to “fall in love” with what you want in order to
in the correct vibrational state.
start by letting the universe, and yourself know what
is you want. Get clear.
on the words “this or something better”, in order to
limit your possibilities. Mentally or verbally ask your
never want to set intentions from a place of ego.
of what it is that you want, whether it happens
Founder of THICKK MAG thinks it's also
to "expect" positive results. Confidence is key.
Practice Gratitude Regularly
S T E P
Visualization and intention Setting
S T E P
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emotional and feeling state is at any particular point.
Acting from a place of gratitude is much more powerful
higher self and your spiritual team for assistance.
than a place of lack and need. When our vibration is
high, that is how we can reach a space of accessing
other realms. Spirits vibrate very quickly and in order to
reach them we have to meet them in the middle, where
the term “medium” came from. Make a list of positive
or not all comes down to your frequency and whether
you’re in alignment with it energetically.
affirmations and read them to yourself every day.
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more you will notice them happening.
W W W . R E A D I N G S B Y B A . C O M
S i l e n t l y t h e m o o n p e e r s t h r o u g h
t h e b i l l o w y d r a p e s , i t ' s s i l v e r l i g h t
s k i m m i n g p a s t a s i l k e n t r a i l ,
t o s s e d a s i d e b y a t o r n a d o
o f d e s i r e , u n l e a s h e d b y
a f r e n z i e d m e e t i n g o f l i p s .
T h e s t o r m b r e a k s , y o u r b r e a t h
s l i t h e r s d o w n m y s k i n . .
Y o u r m o u t h s t o p s
a t e a c h d i p , e v e r y p e a k
t a s t i n g , p a u s i n g .
M y b o d y a r c h e s , m y n a i l s r a k e a s y m p h o n y
o f p a i n d o w n y o u r b a c k ,
m y l e g s t w i n p y t h o n s
c o i l i n g a r o u n d y o u r w i l l i n g f o r m .
Y o u s l i d e i n t o l a v a
p o u r i n g o u t o f m y c o r e ,
m i n g l i n g w i t h t h e f i e r c e g u s h
o f y o u r r e l e a s e .
W e a r e e m p t y , y e t f i l l e d ,
s p e n t y e t f r e s h ,
T h e m o o n g a t h e r s s l i c k b o d i e s
i n t o i t ' s c o o l e m b r a c e .
U n n o t i c e d , t h e s u n
s l i p s i n t o t h e r o o m
u n w i l l i n g t o l e a v e .
I s t h i s n o t h e a v e n t o o ?
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WHAT IS THE FUTURE GOING TO BE
LIKE IN 5 or 10 YEARS? IN DATING,
TECH AND CAREER?
"Statistics show that marriages are
taking longer to happen in a couple,
but it is more a serious, no-divorce
decision and partnership. This is
healthy considering how toxic
relationships equally have become
with the dating apps, which are
slowly being seen as tacky. But
then we have potential sex robots
coming out within 10 years, and
then we have virtual dating. If we
awaken as expected, then dating
should be more truthful and heart
centered. We will have driverless
cars within 5 years. Uber is gone or
replaced with driverless feature.
Sadly, robots taking most of the
jobs, so alot of the human jobs will
be digital, virtual, educational.
People to People interaction will be
worth more and cost more."
""Tech- higher rate of data transfer will definitely
create an interfacing system that's implanted
internally so no need for phones or personal
Dating will be virtual and a lot done through VR
including sexuality though people will still prefer
the old fashioned way ha ha
Work will be done primarily from home office as
tech increases there will be no need for meetings
or conferences. Also a lot of international
meetings done over VR platforms." - Alexander
" What’s dating? Do people even do that
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DO YOU BELIEVE IN PARALLEL
UNIVERSES? ANGELS? GHOSTS?
"I believe in Parallel Universes, it makes
sense due to the concept of probability
within this "perceptional matrix". As for
Angels, I had one tap my shoulder one
day and even push me out of the way
getting hit by a car! I have smelled baby
powder and candy in church once when
the preacher spoke of "a sign from
heaven" . I had my life saved from death
more than a handful by divine
intervention! About Ghosts, seen one at
18 at my old house, that my friend saw as
an "orb", and had one approach me in
sleep about a potential death. Seen 4
UFOS in Miami, and have had intuition
since youth. Yes, Life is weird." - Xa'Vonni
UFO, yes but government
got few of those toys"
- Shane Dodson
Parallel universes? I’m not sure. But I believe there are
multiple realms for sure. How it all works, idk. I have my
theories. Angels (as in spirits of light), yes, I’ve seen
some. Ghosts, I’ve seen some and have had witnesses.
UFOs, I’ve seen some and have had MANY witnesses.
Precognition, I’ve experienced it and have witnesses
and stories.- Andre Bland
"Live in one, watched over by
one, haunted by one, seen one,
want to meet one." - Dre Boyd
"Yup to all of thee
above....I've had UFO/ET
contact when I was in
Bolivia in 2016."
- Marlo Alvarez
"Yes, it's all connected
It's a puzzle which as pieces
everywhere some people can't
see the truth but only parts"
- ALton T. Pettway
yes, yes, yes,
"I don’t just believe it’s
also a feeling."
- Vicky Williams
"Parallel universes yes. Angels, not as depicted in
mainstream thought but definitely. Evil spirits
absolutely. Ghosts, no not as depicted but certainly bad
energy and cursed places. UFO by definition, yes there
are many things we as civilians cannot identify. In
understanding the vastness of the universe and
boundless expanse that is infinite, I'm certain we are not
the only sentient and intelligent beings. Simply not
- Alexander Gersch
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R A V E
R E V I E W S
by Christina Buczek
You see, the moment you were born, a
snapshot of the cosmos was taken. This
I’m guessing you know what your is your Natal Chart. A Natal Chart is the
Zodiac sign is. Depending on your key to unlock the doors of the unique
birthday, you may be a Libra, Gemini, or you!
Aquarius. This is what’s called your “Sun
sign” because the Sun was transiting a The five main keys to these doors
particular Zodiac sign when you were include the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus,
born! In terms of astronomy, the Sun is and Mars. Let’s open these doors oneby-one
and discover what’s in the
the center of our Solar System–
sustaining all life within it.
Symbolically your Sun sign directs your
outward personality and “how you
shine.” Pisces, for example, is
understanding and gentle.
They are comforting to be around and
have great empathy towards others.
Pisces is the last sign of the Zodiac;
thus, they relate to all other signs. Aries
individuals, on the other hand, are the
first sign of the Zodiac.
in a comfortable environment. Geminis
They initiate action in all they do. They
are the talkers.
are true leaders and like to be in charge.
But what about the rest of the Solar
System? Your Sun sign just barely
scratches the surface of your unique
For example, my Sun is in Leo, Moon in
Libra, Mercury in Leo, Venus in Cancer,
and Mars in Taurus.
As I have previously mentioned, your
Sun sign directs your outward
personality. Just as the Sun behaves,
your astrological sign shines brightly
with its radiance. Leos are gregarious,
natural leaders, and possess great
passion. On the negative side, Leos are
egotistical and impatient.
In contrast, Capricorns are patient,
wise, and immensely disciplined. They
may appear shy or aloof if they are not
If you know someone who won’t stop
talking, they are probably a Gemini.
Their communication skills are their
best assets. While your Sun sign lights
up your persona, your Moon sign dives
deep into the unknown waters of your
Truth be told, you have many more
layers to your psyche–your unique
blueprint of personality.
Your moon sign dictates your....
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unconscious predispositions, emotions, and how you behave
in relationships. For example, Moon in Libra natives desires
harmony, peace, and safety in their relations. Their strong
need for balance often leads them to appease people too
quickly. With the airy quality of Libra, sometimes they tend to
rationalize emotions inadvertently. Direct emotions simply
confuse them, unlike Moon in Taurus natives for example. As
we keep opening different doors, we find even more mysteries
to your personality unveiled.
Your Mercury sign encompasses anything to deal with
communication, how you make sense of the world, and logical
reasoning qualities. Mercury is ruled by Gemini (air) and Virgo
Your Mercury sign encompasses anything to deal with
communication, how you make sense of the world, and logical
reasoning qualities. Mercury is ruled by Gemini (air) and Virgo
This gives us clues into how Water signs behave in Mercury. For
example, Mercury in Scorpio (water) natives are the most
intense speakers. They tend to “sting” you with their uncanning
ability to debate topics. In fact, Mercury in Scorpio
natives is almost always national leaders or heads of states.
In contrast, Mercury in Leo natives speaks with passion and vigor.
They do have much authority when they speak, but you will find
them speaking with pure passion. They are the best storytellers
of all the signs. They may lack in detail, but nonetheless, you will
be genuinely entertained in their communications as they see the
bigger picture. While Mercury aids in the way you communicate,
Venus uncovers your love.
Let’s talk about LOVE! Venus is the Queen of love and beauty. Not
just the physical beauty, but Venus gives clues into your artistic
tastes and your social relations. What are your values? How do
you love your partner?
For example, Venus in Cancer natives craves safety in a
committed partnership. They are the most sensitive and intuitive
lovers. They have strong values to their family and home. They
may come off a tad dry to a Venus in Leo native who desires
gregarious affection. Their love for you is shown through their
utmost devotion and caring nature towards you.
Mars is related to action, impulses, and our temperament. Mars
holds pure energy, unlike creative or intellectual predispositions
like Venus or Mercury. Mars in Taurus natives, for example,
demonstrate stable goal-setting. They have refined tempers–you
will rarely set them off easily like Mars in Aries natives.
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"Look up at the stars and not
down at your feet. Try to
make sense of what you see
and wonder about what makes
the universe exist. Be curious."
Their sexual nature is all about the visceral experience. Candles, music, perfume/cologne, and touch please them
the most of any sign. Intellectual stimulation during sex only aggravates them. They are the most physical of any
lover–they are sensual in bed. If you want to have an understanding of say, your main squeeze, look at his/her
Mars sign to understand how they act in bed.
These fascinating and complex dynamics are found in each individual’s personalized Natal Chart. You can unlock
the intricacies of your psyche to gain a crystal-clear insight. The study of Astrology is like walking through
unknown rooms–each unique and rich in information. Your life is written in the stars, but do not confuse this with
destiny. We all have free-will at our disposition. All you need to do is relax in this certainty, and work with the
stars. Many unanswered questions can be answered through Astrology.
Below you can find the most comprehensive website about Astrology. There are hundreds of Astrology websites
and I swear by this one. Simply go to cafeastrology.com and click on “Free Reports & Calculations” in the dropdown
menu. Then click on “Natal Chart.” A detailed report of your Natal Chart will generate. The only information
you need is your name, birth date, birth time, and place. If you want to find your partner’s Venus or Mars sign all
you need is their birthdate. Simply Google “Venus or Mars sign tables” and you’ll find it.
Have patience in your Astrology study. Astrology is the key to understanding yourself. Trust in the accuracy of the
cosmos, they are a valuable and powerful tool.
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THE FIFTH DIMENSION
M O D E L I N G
N A U G H T Y N I G H T L I G H T S
P E O P L E P E R S U A S I O N S
U N D E R T H E
M O O N L I G H T
C I T Y S U R F I N G
G R O O V I N M O V I N G
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y R a w A r t i s t s C E O H e i d i L u e r r a
1. Who are you as an artist? What is your story?
I'm the Founder & CEO of RAW: natural born artists. RAW is an independent arts organization based in
downtown Los Angeles, that operates in 70 cities around the globe. We're the largest independent arts
organization in the world.
RAW was born in 2009 with a mission to provide tools, resources, education and exposure for artists that
are just beginning in their creative journey. We do this both online and offline through a robust web
platform and our signature showcase events, respectively.
Our showcases take place on a quarterly basis and feature 50-60 local artists from their specific
community in 10 different creative categories (film, fashion, music, visual art, performing art,
beauty, accessories, photography, craft & tech).
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2. Who are some of your favorite artists and
It sounds cliché but I really am inspired by
almost everything. I think inspiration
strikes at the most unpredictable times by
the most unpredictable things/people/places.
I would say, I'm heavily influenced by music
of all genres, travel, philosophy and cities.
Cities really energize me with creative
energy. Randomly, I also get really inspired
in airports. Ha!
3. What makes your art worth it? To the
world? To your fans?
I think what I do daily has and continues to
make a difference to the creative community
It certainly hasn't been easy busting through
barriers of "how the art world should work",
or being ahead of our time with a
crowdfunding model, but it has certainly been
I get emails daily from artists all over the
world thanking our team and me for the
opportunity to be seen and heard.
ARTIST: BRYAN BRUNO
These are nice reminders that pushing through
the challenges, while uncomfortable at times,
makes an impact to so many others.
4. What is the future of your art and the
I think the future of art is even more
democratized. There has never been a better
time in history to be an independent artist.
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5. What’s your Poison?
I think "poison" for any creative comes from three
- Comparing yourself to others
- Being complacent in your skillset/education
- Not taking risks
While I've personally been guilty of all of these
things from time to time, I make a concerted effort
to not let any of them become a detriment. Being
self-aware is half the battle.
6. How is your ART “your Religion”?
I have worked on and for RAW for almost a decade.
Most everything I do is for or because of the
organization. I would say that is indeed a religion!
Ha! Ultimately, I want to see RAW as a platform,
community and industry standard be the best it can
- Hard work
- Persistence, persistence, persistence
- More hard work
The only guaranteed return on investment I've ever
seen (whether it be in my own life or in other
success stories) is hard work. It's the only way to
9. What is your favorite inspirational philosophy in
"Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional". -
10. Where do you see your career going in five
years? 10 years? Next year? Next month?
I'd like to see RAW on every continent being able to
expose new cultures and communities of artists
7. What is the message of your art?
I think RAW is a bit of a rebel in the art world
(without the negative connotation).We don't really
subscribe to the rules of how things...
should or shouldn't work. We've carved our own path,
independently without any investment, large source of
funding, giant corporate sponsors, etc. Much like our
artists, we're independent through and through.
I think if there is one message we send, it's that
you can do it your own way with a lot of elbow grease
8. What do you really think it takes to make it? Tell
us 3 keys...
11. Legacy: At the end of the day, how do you
want your fans to remember you and your art?
I want RAW to be a warm home for independent
Somewhere they can go to get nourished with
everything they need.
I want artists to regard us as a community they
can both participate in and give back to.
I want us to continue to help launch careers,
realize dreams and ensure creativity is incubated
everywhere, because I personally believe creativity
can, does and will always be the biggest instrument
for change in our world.
I C O N S I D E R M Y S E L F V E R Y L U C K Y ! H O W E V E R , A S T H E O L D Q U O T E
G O E S , " T H E H A R D E R I W O R K , T H E L U C K I E R I G E T " .
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IN THE SPOTLIGHT
M O D E L / S I N G E R
G O O D B Y E E A R T H
M O V I N G M A S S E S
L I F E I N
F L I G H T
A I R Y A U R I C A D V E N T U R E S
IT ALL OFF
N O M A D I C & E R R A T I C
LIFE IN FLIGHT
IF YOU HAD UNLIMITED FUNDS,
WHERE IN THE WORLD WOULD YOU
- Andre Dixon
"Well I would live in South Beach and produce my
show and perform and hold parties for all from
around the world and bring in my friends.. AND
support causes raise funds for education and
healthcare. Thats my idea of retirement LOL" -
❤ " - "Puerto Rico
"I would have my own island RESORT for
creatives, like richard branson, or I
would be on another planet, another
galaxy (Yes, I dream big, a typical
sagittarius )."- Xa'Vonni
"Puerto Rico ❤ " - MOM
"Here in Cali...
- George Halsapple
"Anywhere? Idk. Probably San Diego. But as
much as I love it there, I also feel like I’d get tired
of it just like I get tired of anywhere. So I’d be
happy where I am as long as I can travel."
- Andre Bland
"Right where I am... buying better dog treats
for Libby and top shelf bourbon for me."
- Kevin Lahvic
T A L K S L I F E & A R T
PHOTOGRAPHY: JERRY ALT
PHOTO ILLUSTRATOR: MEDIHA SANDHU
MUA/HAIR: BIANCA NARANJO
When I was a child, my big requests every Christmas
were crayons, colored pencils and blank drawing pads.
I had the mind of an artist even back then. For me, seeing
the endless colors all displayed like rainbow-hued candy
inspired my young creative mind and helped me express
myself as I drew the world around me.
With each passing year, I experimented with different
forms of art while observing the world’s interaction with
the creative part of society, not really sure where it
would all lead.
My love for the arts started with drawing, then moved
unto devouring hundreds of books, soon enough a
fascination for writing grew within me. My interest then
turned to poetry, which led me to create over 80 poems
in my teens.
Finally, when I was 16 years old, I became obsessed with
acting and theater of which I truly fell in love and felt
creatively free. I received classical acting training
through various scholarships and by combo of fate &
luck, entered an arts conservatory junior
year..eventually that led to teaching and leading others
within the arts.
Ultimately, what truly inspired me was the psychology of
an artist, their contributions to society and also the
business side of the industry. Since 2012, I chose to give
back to the artistic community as a thought leade,
content creator and life/business coach, in a niche I was
once part of and knew so well.
In 2019, I feel higher levels of understanding on my
creative purpose and a culmination of sorts through this
publication, which connects all my creative projects . I am
truly living “inspired.”That is what art does to the honest,
brave and self-aware person. It allows people to reach
into the innermost core of who they are as creative
beings. I use that to DESIGN, this time with the WORLD.
At your most deepest core, you are a creative being
because you were created by an introspective universe
that wanted to explore the meaning of the world through
you. So live a LIFE in FLIGHT & explore!
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1. Spend at least 6 months researching your intended city, from
neighborhoods, to top spots, To the subway routes, to crime stats, to
employment opportunities, to referrals from friends of people to
connect with...never go in blind on a move.
2. I have lived in Boston, NYC (3 years), Miami (3 years) and now
Chicago (1 year) on my own, barely knowing anyone in the last 3 cities,
but within the first year, hosting my own networking events, quickly
knowing many creatives and becoming recognized in the community
for my work. You don't have to know anyone to make it in the city. It
can! be a fresh start, but you have to be incredibly outgoing and street
3. You don't need an incredible amount of $ moolah! to move, the least I
have had was $2k. I recommend an average minimum of $5k for a
good move (without guts or glory!) You simply need to move to
SUBLEASE for your first 3 months to settle into a good job (or 5),
check out the neighborhoods, go running around to events to make
friends, and to snag some online dates.
4. (Yes, online date IF SINGLE, it is your RESEARCH, let your
potential friend tell you ALL about THEIR CITY's hot spots (plus you
save money sightseeing). The ego boost as they brag about the
greatness of their city will be EXTREME.
5. Join meetup.com to meet people fast! In NYC I even created my own
group and soon had a 330 member group of creative for my new life
6. 3 Months before the move, apply for JOBS like crazy. Best sites for
speed of application are LINKEDIN and Craigslist.
7. SHIP your items via the POST OFFICE, they do pick it up. I moved to
Chicago with 4 LARGE BOXES, weight 120 lbs, cost = $ less than $400.
Sell all you can on offer and CL.
8. Contact me for a Free Life Transition Coaching Session...
"LIFE IS ALL
- ARTIST GAURI CHOPRA
. . .DIPPING UNDER.
“ART IS MY ESSENTIAL TOOL FOR SUSTAINING A
"What is important is that even
though I was told that I am a
woman and my goals were
unachievable, I still kept on
going and followed and kept
true to myself at all times, by
following my heart."
- Gauri CHOPRA
Why Do You Make This Type of Art?
It all started with this one moment when I realized that “society” does not fit me.
During my early years as an artist, maintaining my artistic values and originality was the single most
challenging task in a city like Mumbai. This situation pushed me out of my comfort zone, and I spent many
years traveling and interacting with the natural beauty in and around India, looking for an environment that
would be conducive for creating. In the process, I was able to communicate with natural shapes, new textures,
beautiful colors and hues, that I couldn’t even think of recreating on paper, and yet, sadly the urgency to keep
the environment clean was unfolding at every step in my journey. After years of interacting with and
photographing different elements on land, I found myself speechless when I experienced the Indian ocean
through my lens.
The yellow sun piercing through the dense blue Maldivian waters, the sound of my breath rising to the surface
in the form of shiny silver bubbles, the slight crackling sound of the reef and the vast blue canvas to empty the
mind, was an inspiring experience. No element had ever woken up all my five senses, in such a seamless
It was the perfect environment to plant the seed for my desire, to create more value through my art. In the
search for creating more awareness of the artist within myself, in 2009 I graduated from the Brooks Institute of
photography in Santa Barbara, with a bachelors in, industrial/scientific photography. In 2012, I quit my
commercial photography job in New York and dedicated five years of my life to studying and capturing the
wonders of our oceans and its inhabitants in the Indian ocean.
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Have you won any awards in your field? In which galleries have you exhibited your work?
In addition to being published in online and in several Magazines, I have also won international photography awards like IPA, TIFA,
LICC, in the the field of Architectural , Underwater and fine art photography. I have self published two books on itunes and I am
currently exhibiting at the Monteserrat Contemporary art gallery in New York.
What Does Your Artwork Represent?
The urgency to create awareness about the coexistence of the symbiotic relationship between humans and our natural environment
is the base coat for all my artwork. Along with photography exhibits, I also create digital artworks and art edutainment products like
apps and ebooks, in the hope to inspire the younger generation, to help build awareness about the benefits of a cleaner environment.
How Do You Make It?
Creating images underwater is very different from taking a photograph on land. The mind has to multitask with diving meters and
camera gear, while also focusing on being suspended in water. Due to surge and currents, many times one is required to use a hook to
help stay put in one place. Shooting underwater can be challenging, but the key to making good images is “patience.”
I wait for a certain level of interaction before I select my subject. Each species has its own home and language, and only a few like to
interact. Understanding the species and their different languages take time and practice, but once there is some friendly energy
around the selected location, I begin composing. In a sixty minute dive, on a calm day, I would probably hope for five good images.
This slow and interactive process of creating itself is the message “ let's take time to understand the ocean in our unique way because
we need it as much as it needs us.”
What Does Your Art Mean to You?
Every human being is an artist, and every artist is on their own time.” Gauri Chopra
The art of following your hearth is not an easy route. To achieve this one has to be aware of the coexistence of “possibility” in every
situation. As an artist living in society has not been easy and breaking the mold of sociological constructs, and fighting to be on my
own time, has been a very intense but highly educative experience. My art is an expression of the transformation of the struggles and
victories, that elevated my perspective and helped me find myself, during my journey over the years.
See past exhibits and artist work:
CITY SPOTLIGHT Chicago
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moved to this great city after 6 months of research, with only 4 heavy boxes shipped of my entire life and a one-way ticket. Left
to a city I had some important family in, a gorgeous 1 year old nephew and to conquer my 4TH city.
missed having 4 seasons, rocking my biker boots through the cold, dense snow, or kicking some reddened leaves in fall. I missed
all cultures of people, but I needed a place different from NYC, which held too many distractions and uncertainty.
I found great, truly great! in Chicago, my FAVORITE CITY of the 4 was the depth of the people, their general friendliness
with that tough city exterior, their intelligence and acceptance of who they are, their humility to work hard and openness to
energy of teamwork blossomed my projects in Chicago within the 1st year, of which I completed 10 fashion parties and spent
whole year working tirelessly with many cups of coffee on THICKK MAGAZINE.
Chicago, I had so much great food, so many good memories, nights out & adventures, and have worked with so many awesome
and ambitious people. You might recognize some names or faces here!
you do (and want the 411) or would like to be in my next projects in any of the ARTS (and issue #2 of this MAG) let us know at
We celebrate MUSIC-FASHION-VISUAL ARTS-DESIGN-FILM-ACTING-MODELING-DANCE you name it! If
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A City Explored...by Xa'Vonni
CHICAGO. A CITY ALIVE WITH POSSIBILITIES. THE 3RD BIGGEST CITY IN THE US.
collaborate with others.
you are equally great, join us at Innova X Arts! - Xa'Vonni
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LIFE IN FLIGHT
M U S I C
T A S T Y T A S T E M A K E R S
F I N E D I N I N G D I M E S
S P O O N
Y U M Y U M T O N G U E
D E L I C I O U S D E L I R I U M
We aim to celebrate life, leisure and succulent conversation
amongst like-minded Entrepreneurial CEO-LEVEL peers &
Creative business owners in Chicago starting early 2019.
This is how a mastermind is formed.
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SPECIAL THANKS TO....
Everyone that was part of this project from models to photographers to our sponsors to our
writers & the city of Chicago! We are nothing without your mutual collective efforts to produce a
publication like this representing the future of the arts & entertainment industry! your faith for
our work at Innova X Arts is so appreciated. look at what was accomplished in one year of work!
you are our HIVE, our Tribe and our Family! With much love XO- Xa'Vonni #INNOVAXARTS
TOP SECRET TIPS TO...
"Massages! Your muscles get knotted from stress, and if you're not massaging
regularly, that stress is building up in your body. Stress is the worst poison there
is." - Alejandro Rodriquez
"After decades of chronic illness I have learned that healing is not linear and
never finished. The secret to a “healed body” is to never stop doing the work of
healing, whatever that may be. It must be a way of life."- Whitney Williams
"My tip is go non-flouride in toothpaste and deodorant as much as possible,
detoxifies the pineal gland, which is our spiritual eyesight on this reality. And
meditate & pray daily! Listen to affirmations & binaural beats." - Xa'Vonni
"Plenty of rest. Rest is how the body repairs itself." -David Monroe
"Fast for 28 days.. Replenish your body by changing your food ..your environment
& the people you're around ...alkaline water and diet ... only greens and fruits
organic ... no processed foods ..workout ... change ph. level to 8.7 for water ... no
meats, no dairy ... stick to nature and you'll find your true nature." - Jose Garcia
"My tip is taking "time off" from social media every once in a while and focus your
energy on your life. Imagine if we used the hours we spent on social media to
meal prep, cook, ride bikes, or meet a friend for lunch!" - Crystal Scavuzzo
"Oooh me, me!!!! Garlic, ginger, Apple cider vinegar. Herbal concoction that I swear
by. I have not gotten sick in so many years. I agree with massages, but self
massage too." Elaina Schyb
"Meditation." - Iman Damon
"Self love and compassion. When we take time away for ourselves each day, even
just a few minutes, we can recenter! Meditate, or exercise, focus more on eating
from the earth foods, adequate rest, time in nature, and away from social media,
we can heal and reflect. Most importantly to pass on that love and kindness to
the earth and those surrounding us. Our energy feeds other souls!" - Danielle
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W H O L E - I S T I C
H E A L I N G
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P U C K E R U P P R I N C E S S E S
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B E A U T I F U L
P E O P L E
N A K E D N A T U R A L N O R M S
C O L O R
P R E T T Y
F O R E V E R Y O U N G S T E R S
WHAT MAKES A WOMAN
BEAUTIFUL? THICKK OR THIN?
IS BEAUTY REALLY IN THE EYE OF
"The way she
"It really is in the eye of the
beholder. The beholder
interpretation of the word.
Someone I’d like to be
holdin may not be the same
as what someone else
would like to be holdin..." -
"When a man or
unbelievable grief or
pain in life and is still a
real ass person. My
man is literally my
"WHEN I SEE A
IN HER SEXY
SELF, I AM
"Many attributes can
confirm a woman's beauty.
For the most part as far as
I'm concerned, it's how she
moves about the world in the
midst of people more than it
is physical. Looks fade!!!
How she treats people will
play a BIG ROLE in whether
I find her to be BEAUTIFUL
- Rebecca MC Vaughns
screams in bed...just
- Connor C.
"Problem with today’s
generation they can’t
separate attraction from
physical attraction , it’s all
about the body and features
instead of looking deeply
into the soul that’s where
the real beauty is." - Miguel
"Strength. The strength to
love themselves & others
when they’ve been hurt.
The strength to follow their
dreams & inspire others.
The strength to accept what
they cannot control.
"Eyes of the beholder and
culture you subscribe to.."
Inner beauty is Strength
wrapped in self love." -
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E L E S T E & D I S C O
1 1 H U B B A R D S T , C H I C A G O , I L
my bday bash... Part 1
N I G H T O U T
C H I C A G O
Nov 23rd, 2018
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R E M O N T 4
5 W I L L I N O I S S T , C H I C A G O , I L
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Making movies..or moves?
Next Year Till
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Model: Dae Williams
C E L E B R A T I N G F E M I N I T Y ,
N A T U R A L . F R I S K Y & F R E E
B y X a ' V o n n i
What does it take to be a naturally curvy you? I
truly believe all women are beautiful regardless of
Slim, bigger, biggest, it is all beautiful and
something to behold, but only in a good balance
with health, ladies!. You can be as thin as you like,
but if you are not eating fruits and vegetables, or
under-eating, partying etc. you are wrecking your
If you have paid for enhancements and plastic
surgery, looking "perfect" on the outside, but doing
drugs that wreck your system, that is not
BEAUTIFUL nor healthy!
Beauty is a balance between the body, mind and
spirit and an acceptance of being 1. Grateful you
are Alive 2. Striving for your Best and 3. KNOWING
It is ALL a JOURNEY. Every woman is on a journey
to her ULTIMATE self. Her GODDESS state. If she
is ALREADY there, she may be an INFLUENCER.
But remember ladies, be a weight range! Exercise
daily, it is your LIFE TAX. Eat to celebrate but
HONOR your bodies! Celebrate your youth! Our
Femininity is a blessing. Remember that!
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TOP SECRET TIPS TO...
"Love urself...everything else will come after smoothly..." -Eric
"Drink more alkaline water...Stop smoking and drinking it ruins
the skin. "- Eddie N.
"I drink plenty of water, rest and cleanse my face with baby wipes.
Good for pampering a baby and it's good for pampering me!" -
"Take time to pamper and love yourself...Don’t expect anyone to
treat you like you can. There’s only one of you, be mindful of what
you put into your body, eat clean, exercise and the more natural
the products for your skin the better. Live long and leave a
legacy." -Elisha Monique
"Water, moisturize,, and a little mascara" - Moiselle Cobb
"Use paper to wash your face instead of a wash cloth" - Dae W.
"Be yourself. Years ago they asked a preacher what he thought
about makeup. He said “If the barn needs painting paint it." -
"Don't hang out with people better looking." - Robert S.
"Coconut oil is a great make up remover. And is also good for the
skin. Drink more water. Clean your make up brushes. Fake lashes
are great but make sure they are the same size as your eye (not
longer) cut them if needed. Also let glue sit for a couple of
minutes for it to get tacky before applying." - Briana S.
"Whole Foods or Trader Joes! Go for Organic as much as possible!"
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Look into the mirror and tell me what you see.
Why can’t you be happy?
Look, into the mirror and tell me what you see.
The reflection in your eyes tell me, you can only see your flaws.
You point them out as if it’s a contest, and you must win them all.
I see the way you look at yourself, as you hate every inch of your body each day.
I see you grabbing your thighs, as you poison your mind with disgust, about yourself.
I can hear you telling yourself, that a skinny jean is your worst nightmare, as your
thighs will have them bursting at their seam.
I can hear you aloud, you can’t see me, but I can see you. Why can’t you be happy?
Look, into the mirror and tell me what you see.
Tugging at your skin and pulling at your belly, in hope that you’ll see another rib
appear. Disappointed you become, because you’re the same as yesterday.
You questioned yourself,
You’ve avoided food as much as you can, and the little that you ate, came back up
with the force of your hand.
Why can’t you be happy?
Look, into the mirror and tell me what you see.
I hear you aloud, thinking to yourself;
Should I skip dessert?
Should I put the muffin down?
All the other girls are done, but here I am for another round.
Disappointed you become, because you’re not the same as yesterday.
You’ve become horrified by the sight of the scale. You tell yourself, nothing looks
Why can’t you be happy?
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P E O P L E
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B E A U T I F U L
P E O P L E
A R T W O R K
Y O U S N O O Z E Y O U L O S E
F E A R N O D O L L A R
T H E M O N E Y
G A M E
M O N E Y M A V E R I C K S
M A K E S T H E
W O R L D G O
G O R O U N D
P R I C E L E S S P O W E R M O V E S
THE MONEY GAME
IS MONEY REALLY THE ROOT
OF ALL EVIL? OR JUST
ENERGY? WHY OR WHY NOT?
"The ‘love of
money ‘ is the root
"Money to me is not evil but it
does have a history. I strongly
urge people to not FEAR
MONEY nor the lack of it, it is
It is also a socially constructed
illusion that is used to control
the masses. It is an energy
exchange, that can be used for
positive or negative outcomes.
At it's base, it is just paper,
numbers and not real. At it's
best, it is transformative,
life-enhancing and healing to
the world when in balance. It
"The things ppl do
with money is the
- Moiselle Cobb
"Evil people like to be
paid with a lot of
money. Real evil
people just take the
- Bruce Cohen
u make dollars.
Without it u become
evil tryin to get
it."- Ruby Merie
of all evil."
- Charles Becco
"Money isn't even real,
it's just something
everyone agreed is real.
Those who have it are
deemed powerful, and
Power is what truly
corrupts the soul."
- Alejandro Rodriguez
Money in the
hands of Evil
- Marv Kinnel
r e y o u a b u s i n e s s
o o k i n g f o r a d d i t i o n a l
c a p i t a l ?
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A SPOTLIGHT ON
ARTIST VISA ATTORNEY
ELEKTRA B. YAO
"What is your specialty as a lawyer in the arts?"
I am the owner and principal attorney at The YAO
I run a immigration law practice, and I represent all
types of artists, including: performers, chefs, fashion
designers, jewelry designers, directors, producers,
musicians, performers, writers, and more!
I help artists secure their temporary artists visas and
their green cards based on their extraordinary ability
in the arts. My own artistic background in film, TV,
and theatre gives me a unique perspective and assists
me in understanding the artists that I represent.
"What shaped your career and artistic path?"
I have always been very active in the arts. For 10 years
I studied and performed musical theatre in NYC
before expanding into TV and documentary
filmmaking. I worked in production at MTV, and The
Style Network and produced and directed two
documentary films which were screened in Austin, TX
and NYC. After working behind the scenes, I attended
Lewis and Clark Law School, a nationally ranked, toptier
law school, and I knew that I wanted to work as a
lawyer in an international capacity.
Given my strong background in the arts, I knew that I
wanted to work with artists and support their work in
a meaningful and life-changing way. I chose to
specialize my practice in the entertainment industry
because I simply love art.
" I K N E W T H A T I
W A N T E D T O W O R K
W I T H A R T I S T S A N D
S U P P O R T T H E I R
W O R K I N A
M E A N I N G F U L A N D
L I F E - C H A N G I N G W A Y "
- E L E K T R A Y A O
By representing international, in my way,
I am enriching the cultural and artistic
landscape of the US.
"Tell me about your art."
I develop my clients’ portfolios and represent
them against USCIS to prove their
extraordinary ability and the level of
distinction they have reached in their field.
Being a lawyer is not strictly an art form, but
there is definitely an art to architecting a
My job is t translate their artistry and their
artistic achievements in a meaningful way so
that USCIS will be compelled to approve
them. Just as my artist clients tell stories with
their artworks, my job as their lawyer is not
only to tell their story, but to zealously
advocate for them so they can continue their
artistic narrative in the US.
Creative analysis is a tool that I use daily as
an attorney representing artists. I’m in a
unique position, because I understand and
have direct experience with the creative
process, therefore I can extrapolate the
meaning and importance of my clients’
My artistic background allows me to
strategically craft a strong petition to USCIS
to secure the O-1 artist visa and Green Cards
for clients. It’s exciting and rewarding to
represent artists and to utilize my problem
solving and creative analysis skills.
"What are some previous clients you have
I’ve worked with performers, singers,
dancers, jewelry designers, textile designers,
fashion designers, scenic, graphic, chefs,
visual artists, writers, PR professionals, and
My client base consists of a large crosssection
of professionals in the arts that has
continued to expand.
I have worked with artists from South Korea,
Germany, Italy, France, China, Hong Kong,
Thailand, Canada, Japan, Brazil, and many
"What is the future of the arts industry and
why do artists need a lawyer more than
The future of the arts industry is more artists
being empowered to have creative control
over their livelihood, and more international
artists infusing their traditions from their
cultural origins into the U.S. arts industry.
Now more than ever, artists need to protect
their art and their livelihood and lawyers
such as myself help to make their security
into a reality.
E L E K T R A @ Y A O L A W G R O U P . C O M
W W W . Y A O L A W G R O U P . C O M
P R O T E C T O U R
W O M E N &
C H I L D R E N
N O N - P R O F I T
Email us at InnovaXArts@gmail.com Subject: "DONATE &
PROTECT" to join our initiatives to stop Human
Trafficking. From Donations - to Fundraising - to
Collaborations, we aim to assist.
The World of Innova X arts
Our Services in 2019...
Emily is super goal-oriented and creative. I've known
her for over a year now and she's always working to
make her vision happen. If you're someone who is
passionate about the arts and entertainment, Emily
will not only support you but will encourage you
and always be willing to find ways to make you and
the company go further.
Being part of Emily's team has led to amazing
opportunities and if you want to start a career in
the entertainment industry or ever have a business
of your own, she's definitely a great person to learn
from." - Katie Mccue
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Top Coaching Tips for....
1. I believe there is material wealth, and there is SPIRITUAL wealth
that exists in the spiritual plane. What does that mean? I think if you
are working hard, doing good things, you are due for a CASH OUT
one day from your efforts. You can either get small amounts of
money over years or you can work hard and get a HUGE jackpot one
day, it varies. Believe in your dreams and just KEEP WORKING
HARD. ALSO DON'T FEAR MONEY OR IT'S LACK EVER.
2. Read ALOT of self-help books about money, the millionaire
lifestyle and wealth. The first such book I read at 19 was "Think and
Grow Rich" by Napoleon Hill and it is still my favorite book. It
completely transformed my mindset from inner city gal who was
highly intelligent but lost, to a go-getting BA then Master's educated,
then Master-Certified Life Coach/Businesswoman Extraordinaire!
This book is a must for all people. But don't stop there, read "Rich
Dad, Poor Dad", the "48 Laws of Power" and read sales books!
All of that will greatly help your "wealth mindset."
3. Also read ALOT in general, learn and study. Most millionaires read
an average 52 books a year, the average person barely reads 1-2. Think
4. SAVE ALL YOUR MONEY, especially if you are an entrepreneur.
Be frugal, go for deals, learn to negotiate better, get Wikibuy on your
internet browser, shop for sale, I can go on and on. Believe in Law of
Attraction. More than half of Americans don't even have more than
$1k in savings. Be careful! SAVE ALL your money, THEN spend.
5. Always negotiate for a better deal, or better rate, or even do trades
or barter. You don't get what you don't ask for.
6. Charge YOUR WORTH when you HAVE WORTH but be humble!
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Photo Illustrator: Mediha Sandhu
Mua/Hair: Bianca Naranjo
...means "Fortune Favors The Brave"! Are you going after your dreams with
persistence and smart strategizing? Building alliances & a strong team? Pulling
together proper systems, resources and organizing it all with great software?
The Life of an Entrepreneur demands all of this..over a LONG PERIOD of
TIME, with as much FAITH and CONFIDENCE in your plans as much at the
DREAM state as the Launch state. What you need to make it is to be
FEARLESS. To be RELENTLESS. To be PERSISTENT.
Anyone who truly changes the world ignores naysayers & CHOOSES their
own SUCCESS. This INSPIRE others. - Xa'Vonni