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Faith, trust and pixie dust: David LaChapelle and Paris Jackson

It doesn’t happen often that a teen without any music records to her name features in Rolling Stone. Yet Paris Jackson, daughter of the late King of Pop, graces the magazine’s February 2017 cover. Her striking semi-religious portrait reflects the artistic vision of David LaChapelle (1963). Here’s a closer look at some of the symbolism and imagery LaChapelle may have used.

Paris Jackson by David LaChapelle, 2016 (photo: David LaChapelle)
Paris Jackson by David LaChapelle, 2016 (photo: David LaChapelle)

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Claddagh: a ring, a king and fishermen with boats

If there’s one small Irish community that’s made a name for itself, it’s the Claddagh. Not only does it boast its own ring, but it also has its own king. Nowadays, the area is a sought-after property location in the south of Galway’s city centre. The Claddagh has come a long way since its humble beginnings as a traditional fishing village.

Map of the Claddagh area
Map of the Claddagh area (photo: Claddagh boatmen)

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It takes two to tangle

Imagine you’re part of a Vogue photo shoot with Michael Jackson. Tightly wrapped around his body, your sleek, shining curves catch the light and make people wonder who you are. Or rather, what you are. But that doesn’t bother you. After all, you’re a piece of art. You’re the Tangle Museum Chrome.

Michael Jackson for L'Uomo Vogue
Michael Jackson for L’Uomo Vogue 2007 (photo: Bruce Weber)

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A Celtic Christmas Prayer

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Angels from on high,

Bring us a message of hope
To share with the hopeless.

Guide us towards the Light
To see beyond our darkness.

Sing us a song of peace
To fill our hearts with gladness.

As we behold the face of God,
As we behold the face of Christ,
As we behold the face of the Spirit.

Three-in-one,
The face of newborn life,
The face of love restored.

Annemarie

Battling the hungry wolf: Ryan White and Michael Jackson

Stigma is like a hungry wolf, someone once wrote. Two people who knew all about being stigmatized were AIDS activist Ryan White and pop legend Michael Jackson. When their roads of life converged in the late 1980s, they recognized the other’s need for friendship and acceptance. Today, on World AIDS Day, the battle against HIV/AIDS prejudice continues. It’s a fight that’s far from over.

Michael Jackson and Ryan White

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