Tag Archives: identity


What do people fail to understand about the lives of black Americans? Or the lives of anyone of color?

#HereIsMyAmerica – The New York Times

Future Imagemakers Lead Teacher Bayete Ross Smith is now embedded as an artist at The New York Times with Race/Related, a collaboration with the independent documentary showcase POV.

The portraits above show me in a variety of different clothing, all of it my own. On any given day, you might encounter me in one form or another.

It’s all part of a larger series I created, which also involved people of different backgrounds and genders. In every case, the facial expressions and lighting stay the same; all that changes is the subject’s clothing.

So the question is: What personal preconceptions do you, or any viewer, project onto me? Or others?…

#HereIsMyAmerica — a project we’re launching here and on Instagram — is an attempt to counter that simplistic approach.

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Miss Representation Blog & Keep It Real Challenge

Miss Representation » Blog The Keep It Real Challenge: Day Three.

The Keep It Real challenge was all about showing the media what real beauty looks like – without the photoshop. After using Twitter to ask magazines to print one unphotoshopped picture per issue on Day One, and writing a flurry of blogs yesterday explaining just how important and serious the issue is, today we used our own creativity and self-expression to challenge society’s limiting beauty standards! more

Read report on day two

Read report on day one

The Keep It Real Challenge is a collaboration between SPARK Movement, Miss RepresentationLoveSocialEndangered Bodies, and I Am That Girl. They are all doing amazing work – check them out.


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SPARK a Movement

Very inspired by this movement. Great site too.

SPARK a Movement: “SPARK began as a response to The Report of the APA Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls and its call for grassroots mobilizing around the clear and present danger that sexualization poses to girls and young women. The Report clarified the difference between healthy sexuality and sexual objectification.

SPARK was designed to engage girls as part of the solution rather than to protect them from the problem. A day of workshops and action spots gave girls the tools they needed to become activists, organizers, researchers, policy influencers, and media makers.

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Question Bridge

Question Bridge: Black Males is a transmedia art project that seeks to represent and redefine Black male identity in America. Through video mediated question and answer exchange, diverse members of this “demographic” bridge economic, political, geographic, and generational divisions.

Question Bridge: Black Males – Project Trailer from Question Bridge on Vimeo.

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