For PAPER's 2019 predictions list, we looked across every aspect of pop culture — music, film, art, activism, social media, fashion, beauty — for fresh new faces that are about to look a whole lot more familiar. Tierra Whack, Slayyyter, and Tayla Parx are set to feature heavily on your pump up playlists. Justice Smith, Chance Perdomo, and Emma Nelson are starring in upcoming blockbusters in cinemas and on Netflix. Writers Sally Mao and Morgan Parker are headed to bookstore shelves, and artists like Damon Davis and Jessi Jumanji will headline gallery shows. We've figured out exactly whose profiles you're about to follow: Layla F. Saad, Allen Salway, Hunter Harris. Plus the people you'll be getting fashion, makeup, and self-love inspiration from: Isaac West, La'shaunae, Crystal Methnay. It's going to be a good year! These are the 100 names worth getting to know in advance.
Who are you?
What do you do?
I am a Visual Artist, Filmmaker, Musician, and Writer that uses different mediums to tell stories.
What are you most proud of from 2018?
I'm proud of the opening of "Darker Gods In The Garden of Low-Hanging Heavens" a multiple-disciplinary art experience I have been working on for over 3 years. It was well received in my hometown of St. Louis and in Miami during Miami art week. The breadth of the work in the show includes photography, film, and written word as well as an album/soundtrack that accompanies the artistic universe I created.
What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?
Staying balanced with my work, and my rest, and spending time with the ones I love.
What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?
I am launching a new podcast with a close friend of the same name (Damon and Damon: A Podcast) as well as several other projects and business ventures. I am working on a few film and music projects as well as moving "Darker Gods" around the U.S. in a traveling exhibition. I just have a lot on my plate but I am super excited to keep creating and telling stories.
Where can we follow you?
As chosen by Justin Moran, Claire Valentine, Michael Love Michael, Kat Gillespie, and Jael Goldfine
Illustrations by Austin Call (@Duhrivative)