Beyonces Coachella performance honestly means so much to me. As a black person, seeing our African American culture so beautifully celebrated, our HBCU’s, drumlines, and educational institutions honored, to see so much joy, unity, talent, love on one stage. Seeing that solidarity amongst my people and all that excellence (not to mention a setlist of ALL that music and the memories it holds for me as a day 1 fan) really lifts my soul. I could not be more proud and moved. What a moment
Chadwick boseman gave the best speech at AFI Life Achievement Award 2019 for Denzel Washington.
… and not just because of me, but my whole cast, that generation stands on your shoulders. The daily battles won, the thousand territories gained. The many sacrifices you made for the culture on the film sets through your career. The things you refused to compromise along the way, laid the blueprints for us to follow. And so Now, let he who has watered be watered. Let he who has given be given to. It is an honor to now know you, to learn from you, and join in this work with you. May God bless you exceedingly and abundantly more in what’s in store than he ever has before. God bless you.
Thank you! It’s important because for so long our stories have largely been told from a white and male perspective and have been the only way our narratives have been told. For me, it’s important to break stereotypes that have been placed on us by photographing us living and working, even if it’s mundane.
What has been one of your biggest accomplishments as a photographer?
One of the biggest accomplishments thus far has been photographing historical and sensitive assignments. The biggest one, however, was my coverage of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 50th anniversary of his assassination for The New York Times. It made A1!
How can people continue to support more women of color photographers?
I think it is important to first acknowledge that womxn photographers have been, historically at a disadvantage. This is even more so for Black womxn photographers. However, it’s important to understand the idea behind reclaiming narratives and it’s very exciting to see this slow, but more awareness towards the inequality that has plagued industries for so long. Reclaiming narratives are crucial and I try to view my experiences as a Black woman as an advantage. Support can be as simple as sharing a website, but also buying prints or investing in a photographer.
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hello internet. my name is chey, i’m 18, and i’m a freshman at nyu. i’m not starving, i’m not homeless, or disowned, but i need your help. in spring 2018, my mom promised me that i could attend the ever so pretigious new york university tisch school of the arts to hone my creative talents. i wanna be a director and screenwriter. she assured me she could pay for schooling. almost a year later, all her savings are gone and she admits that she didn’t think ahead. she told me that in fall 2019 that i can either take out loans for school or drop out of college since we can’t afford it (not just nyu, any college). i’ve been trying to apply to scholarships online but waiting and taking a chance gives me so much anxiety. i would love if my mutuals and internet strangers could either donate and or spread this around so i can live to see my sophomore year. my mom is a single mom, my dad is out of the question, and it’s literally just me trying to get this money together. i have no help except friends right now. please please please help a young black gay creative continue to thrive at their dream school!! i’ll totally be sure to thank each of you personally in my oscars speech!
At the first fitting in the gown, I felt alive. I felt free. And open, and radiant. And beautiful! Which has not always been the case for me. I haven’t always felt so good about myself.
It really is astonishing how much of an effect clothes have on your spirit. My aunt Dorothy used to always say, “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.” That’s why I look good every time I leave the house. I want to run shit.
From this Oscars moment, I want people to understand that you don’t have to understand or even agree with other people’s authenticity or truths, but we must all respect each other.
People are going to be really uncomfortable with my black ass in a ball gown—but it’s not anybody’s business but mine - Billy Porter
Sam is a Zimbabwean student at a design college in Johannesburg, South Africa. Despite her young age, her designs have been featured in music videos and international magazines, including Essence Online. Her style is pan-African, Afro-futurist, Afropunk and puts a high-fashion twist on traditional African styles. She is unapologetically Black and Africa, and on a personal level, she is the funnest, most welcoming, most insane-in-a-good-way girl you will ever meet. She has an air about her that when you walk down the street with her, every other person comes up to her and tells her she is gorgeous. I love this chick and her style & she deserves to be internationally famous.
Follow my good friend Sam on Instagram @samienette. Her design, her look, her personality – she deserves to be famous.