Erykah Badu 

One of the many images I was able to shoot of Erykah Badu for Black Girls Rock. It was the second time I had the opportunity to work with Ms. Badu and she is always amazing to create with. 

Shot by Erik Umphery


Celebrate Easter later today by celebrating talented and beautiful black women at Black Girls Rock! Michelle Obama celebrated the beauty, power and tenacity of black women while spreading her own message of education for girls at Black Girls Rock!, an annual event honoring trailblazing women of color from all walks of life. Congratulations to the beautiful women honored at the awards including actress Jada Pinkett Smith, singer Erykah Badu, actress Cicely Tyson, “Selma” director Ava DuVernay, educator Nadia Lopez and Dr. Helene D. Gayle, president and CEO of CARE USA.

  • “No matter who you are, no matter where you come from, you are beautiful. I am so proud of you. My husband, your president, is so proud of you. We have so much hope and dreams for you” Michelle Obama told the crowd, which included many young black girls: via The Huffington Post
  • If you’ve ever had any doubt about the power, beauty and elegance of black women, then you’ve never heard of Black Girls Rock!: via The Root
  • “Sisterhood , support and self-esteem were all on full display during the event. The crowd grooved to Sister Sledge’s iconic hit “We Are Family,” singing “I got all my sisters with me!” When actress Regina King tripped up on a line, Obama gave her a supportive hug. “I’ve got Mrs. Obama pumping me up!” she laughed”: via MSNBC
  • All Things Black Girls Rock! Here: via BET