As the summer evenings relinquish its high temperatures for the slightly brisk breeze of a nearing fall season, the Lincoln Theater brought the heat hosting RAW: Raleigh’s latest showcase Translations.
Stylish supporters cascaded along Cabarrus St waiting anxiously to set sight on the remarkable displays of hidden talent inside.
RAW, an arts organization, exclusively chooses their featured artists and allows them to showcase their undiscovered mastery in various forms of creative art to the general public. Ranging in age, race, sex and creed this event brings people together from all walks of life that have one essential commonality, a love for self-expressed art.
Extraordinary photographers surrounded the walls with photos so enthralling attendees had no choice but to halt in their footsteps. Tyree Thomas danced with androgyny and contortionism while Mr 7545 captured the beauty and vulnerability in the human body. Artist Monique Cleveland exhibited the variances of everyday African American women while maintaining their anonymity. Gemynii tackled the ugly truth of modern day racism and censorship yet revealing the beauty in breast cancer survival in the same span.
Macklemore pulsates from the speakers as dancer, Ronnie West, effortlessly glided across the stage merging the gap between contemporary and hip-hop in the ever evolving world of dance. The bubbly ladies of Bea Otch jewelry show-off fun, cute and quirky feminine jewelry while the guys of Porch Fly display original T-shirts in lieu of music legends and retro soul. Rapper Cayso and crew rocked the house with head bobbing beats, thought provoking lyrics and chills induced guitar solos.
Laughter over cocktails and chatter of inspiration circulated between performance acts, film and music. RAW delivered yet another phenomenal showcase of where local hidden gems can come to shine.
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