By Travis Baugh
Photo Illustrations by Kathy Tran | Rachal Grayson poses during
one of her first test shoots with Wallflower Management
in downtown Dallas.
Former Brookhaven College student Rachal Grayson is following her dream of becoming a model. After a lot of hard work, time, perseverance and rejection, Grayson made her way from behind the camera to being the one under all the lights and on the page.
Grayson said she had always wanted to be a model, and in eighth grade, she went to her first casting call for a modeling agency called Kim Dawson. The casting call did not go as expected. She said she was shot down hard: “It kind of destroyed the dream of doing it,” Grayson said. Even after being dealt such a crushing blow at a young age, Grayson said she still strove to be in the fashion world. Continue reading
By Wanz Dover
Pinkish Black “Razed to the Ground”
2013 was a breakthrough year for Pinkish Black: new label by way of independent heavy metal giant Century Media, Best Metal Band award from Dallas Observer Music Awards, a Best Metal Band award from Fort Worth Weekly, notoriety from the infamous Pitchfork music blog and a coast-to-coast tour of the U.S., all on the back of their groundbreaking second album, “Razed to the Ground.” These accolades are made all the more interesting because Pinkish Black is not a traditional metal band. The band doesn’t even use guitars. They are a two-piece drums and synthesizerdriven act, with roots closer to ‘70s Italian horror film soundtrack geniuses Goblin and the infamous early ‘70s Krautrock movement. Continue reading
By Vadim Dozmorov
Photo by Kathy Tran | Rodney Blu Wilson the host of Inner
City Blu’s, pictured here while hosting the “Every Man is King”
during the A.dD+ performance.
Learning to speak can be one of the most remarkable and important actions people learn as they grow. Encouraged as children to say our first words, we find our voices. Now settled into his voice, Rodney Blu Wilson turns on his microphone, the intro music plays while he addresses his audience, and the podcast begins.
Wilson is a former Brookhaven College student with a streaming video podcast talk show, “Inner City Blu’s,” through Deep Ellum On Air, which is an Internet based broadcast company based in Deep Ellum, Texas. After a few months of availability, one episode has nearly 5,000 views. Wilson said his show’s coverage is entirely up to him, and he focuses on prominent and local topics that affect his community of listeners. Wilson said he was fortunate to have his mother and father to foster and mold him as a youth. In his early years, he dreamt of having a late night talk show like Johnny Carson, foreshadowing his future, perhaps, and was encouraged by his family and loved ones. Continue reading
By Joie’ Thornton
Senior Staff Writer
In honor of Black History Month, a handful of staff participated in the “Earth, Wind and Fire: Poetry of the 1970s Black Arts Movement” presentation. Hazel Carlos, Brookhaven College English professor, organized the reading. The writers of the ‘60s and ‘70s black arts movement were the focus of the event.
“This is during the time of the height of the civil rights movement and also the time that leaders and artists are beginning to look at the two great black leaders, mainly Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X,” Carlos said. Continue reading
By Chanel Sidi
Photos by Scott Mitchell | Hunter Moehring, Samantha Villavert and Cole Denton break away from their mics to play furiously on their respective instruments.
Amid a maze of industrial warehouses, a giant gravel-filled meadow, a shag carpet store and downtown overpasses, local Dallas band Sealion’s practice space exists in a dilapidated building. Hunter Moehring, Cole Denton, Samantha Villavert and Alex Poulos are waiting outside, some smoking cheap cigarettes and drinking beer. The self-styled “margarita punk” band was recently Continue reading
By Adriana Salazar
Photos by Kathy Tran and Paul Lauder | Kathy Tran’s winning photograph features
an in-camera, double-exposed image snapped at the Chinese Lantern Festival.
This year, two Brookhaven College students, Paul Lauder and Kathy Tran, took home the top prizes of the official State Fair of Texas Photo Contest, held by The Continue reading
By Aaron Ortega
Senior Staff Writer
Photo by Kathy Tran | Former Brookhaven College student Alfredo Salazar Caro flew from Chicago to Dallas to participate at Aurora Dallas Oct. 18.
Sitting alongside his aunt’s boyfriend, 3-year-old Alfredo Salazar Caro experiences his first glimpse into the world of three-dimensional art. Her boyfriend draws him an image that demonstrates depth and perspective. This image would make a lasting impression on Salazar Caro Continue reading
By Joie’ Thornton
Photo by Scott Mitchell | Guitarists Carlo Pezzimenti (left) and Brian Rowe perform for an audience at Texas Woman’s University’s Little Chapel-in-the-Woods.
The silence of the narrow confines of Texas Woman’s University’s Little Chapel-in-the-Woods is broken by applause as Carlo Pezzimenti and Brian Rowe walk into the single light fixed on the two benches at the center of Continue reading
By Joie’ Thornton and Paula Vasquez
Photo contributed by Jean Karotkin | Joni Sternbach poses for Jean Karotkin
Like a surgeon performing intricate procedures, Jean Karotkin, wearing her white gloves, delicately removes the negatives from the concentrated chemicals, creating the images that have made her a world-renowned photographer. In the isolation of the darkroom, Karotkin develops more than just black and white photos – she develops Continue reading
By Carmina Tiscareño
Photo by Carmina Tiscareño | Karla Aseneth Ceballos peeks from behind one of her works in Studio 3C3.
On the third floor of the 125-year-old Continental Gin Building in Deep Ellum, there is a small space filled with art. On the door of the space called Studio 3C3, an Andy Warhol quote is written in red paint: “Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.” The studio houses Continue reading