a Vision of Beauty

A visual tribute to brown skin. A visional testament to Black beauty. A vision board for healing.

For the third year in a row, Philadelphia is about to experience the beauty and magic of Black Film. BlackStar Film Festival is the first of its in kind in the city. Crazy right? But it started as a bright idea. I remember getting a gchat from my bestie Maori. She said, “We should do a film festival!” Now what you should know is that ideas flow through our crew on the regular. Some bright, some not so bright. I’m thinking this was one of the BRIGHTEST!! 

Today my #WCW is the Chief Rocka herself,  @maorikarmael, Artistic Director of BlackStar Film Festival. I STAY shouting her out because she didn’t have to do it, but she did and it is MAGICAL! Just ask anybody who has been. Better still, the entire festival is 100% volunteer organized and run! AND every year the BlackStar family has to raise the funds to make it happen. I don’t think y’all hear me though. This is no small feat - and for that I salute Maori and the entire BlackStar family. They do this for the love of Black Arts and Black People. They do this for US! Now that’s LOVE! #BlackStar14 blackstarfest.org

For the third year in a row, Philadelphia is about to experience the beauty and magic of Black Film. BlackStar Film Festival is the first of its in kind in the city. Crazy right? But it started as a bright idea. I remember getting a gchat from my bestie Maori. She said, “We should do a film festival!” Now what you should know is that ideas flow through our crew on the regular. Some bright, some not so bright. I’m thinking this was one of the BRIGHTEST!!

Today my #WCW is the Chief Rocka herself, @maorikarmael, Artistic Director of BlackStar Film Festival. I STAY shouting her out because she didn’t have to do it, but she did and it is MAGICAL! Just ask anybody who has been. Better still, the entire festival is 100% volunteer organized and run! AND every year the BlackStar family has to raise the funds to make it happen. I don’t think y’all hear me though. This is no small feat - and for that I salute Maori and the entire BlackStar family. They do this for the love of Black Arts and Black People. They do this for US! Now that’s LOVE! #BlackStar14 blackstarfest.org

Ruqaiyah El-AminSt. Louis, MO
Photo Credit: Janice Battle

Ruqaiyah El-Amin
St. Louis, MO

Photo Credit: Janice Battle

ImanNashville, TN

Iman
Nashville, TN

Thank you! prettyperiod.me #PrettyPeriod #YesImHype

Thank you! prettyperiod.me #PrettyPeriod #YesImHype

Tiyatti and her daughter Aniylah  Wilson, NC 
Photo Credit: Amanda Kessler

Tiyatti and her daughter Aniylah 
Wilson, NC 

Photo Credit: Amanda Kessler

Dionne and daughter NaomiWinter Garden, FL

Dionne and daughter Naomi
Winter Garden, FL

Caption this…

Caption this…

throwback to that time I met the woman whose face I have loved deeply since I was a little I-Three (in my head). 

My Mama Rita Marley
Aburi, Ghana

#PrettyPeriod since such time!

throwback to that time I met the woman whose face I have loved deeply since I was a little I-Three (in my head).

My Mama Rita Marley
Aburi, Ghana

#PrettyPeriod since such time!

it has always been difficult for me to make sense of/make peace with the paradox of beauty at home. Ghana. home to the spirits of Yaa Asantewaa and Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah (among others). home of the #BLACKSTARS. the first place to show me the ubiquity of my beauty and the first place to show me the pervasiveness of white supremacy. walk the streets and be called “Ahoofe” (beautiful) by random people. try to gift little girls with Black baby dolls and watch them cry for Oburoni Ba (white baby) instead. Still, I have never bought a white doll. Ever. And I won’t. 

Photo Credit: James Barnor (repost from @goldcoastghana)

it has always been difficult for me to make sense of/make peace with the paradox of beauty at home. Ghana. home to the spirits of Yaa Asantewaa and Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah (among others). home of the #BLACKSTARS. the first place to show me the ubiquity of my beauty and the first place to show me the pervasiveness of white supremacy. walk the streets and be called “Ahoofe” (beautiful) by random people. try to gift little girls with Black baby dolls and watch them cry for Oburoni Ba (white baby) instead. Still, I have never bought a white doll. Ever. And I won’t.

Photo Credit: James Barnor (repost from @goldcoastghana)

I have loved this little girl, and her pretty eyes, for quite some time. 
Sudanese GirlMakpandu refugee camp 2011
Photo Credit: Paul Jeffrey

I have loved this little girl, and her pretty eyes, for quite some time. 

Sudanese Girl
Makpandu refugee camp 
2011

Photo Credit: Paul Jeffrey

French or Netherlandish, Black Venus, second half of the 16th century. Bronze, 40.3 cm high. THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART, NEW YORK CITY
Black Venus - The Original Standard of Beauty. 

French or Netherlandish, Black Venus, second half of the 16th century. Bronze, 40.3 cm high. THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART, NEW YORK CITY

Black Venus - The Original Standard of Beauty. 

AprylLos Angeles, CA
A recent quad amputee. Living life without limits!

Apryl
Los Angeles, CA

A recent quad amputee. Living life without limits!

Wishing, Ann Marie, #PrettyPeriod photographer extraordinaire, a very happy and PRETTY birthday! We love you like XO! 
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Photographer, Ann Marie Blakehttp://annblakephotography.com
Photo Credit: Isabel March Photography

Wishing, Ann Marie, #PrettyPeriod photographer extraordinaire, a very happy and PRETTY birthday! We love you like XO! 

pretty-period:

Photographer, Ann Marie Blake
http://annblakephotography.com

Photo Credit: Isabel March Photography