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TOAN Premiere: Suave Thought - Reminiscing Something Special EP

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TOAN Magazine & Creative Collective is proud to give you Reminiscing Something Special, the debut EP of singer-songwriter, Suave Thought. Suave is a 23 year old dancer and singer from South Central LA who teamed up with fellow South Central neighbor and best friend, Anubis Black, who produced the project. With an obviously eclectic inspiration for the album, you can expect to hear some real instrumentation, passionate vocals and even a special song to the young singers 1 year old daughter.

Stream below and click the cover art to download.

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full circle…

the first thing i ever wanted to be was a writer. the first time i was asked in school, that was my answer. but who really becomes the first thing they drift to? i got older and HAD to write. persuasive essays became my guilty pleasure.

in 9th grade speech and debate was a required class at the school i attended, and i loved it. it opened me up, gave me my voice. i transferred schools, and closed off. i put down the pen, closed my mouth and picked up a camera. i fell in love, i cherished capturing moments in time, telling stories through photos, without words. 

i decided i wanted to become a photographer, taught myself how to use a camera properly and began the search to find my style. i enrolled in art school for digital photography, and was introduced to photo essays. there was an entire class dedicated to creating and learning about photo essays, i was completely captivated.

i left art school a year later, broke and jaded. i didnt know what to do next, so in the mean time, to stay productive, i decided to create a zine. my graphic skills werent great and i was working alone, so i chose which artists to feature, conducted the interviews, wrote the pieces and hand made the zine, true DIY cut and paste style. my focus was still photo, but little did i know writing would creep back up on me. 

long story short, my focus, and my pride and joy is now TOAN Magazine and Creative Collective where I am a writer and photographer. I wouldnt have it any other way.

full circle…