a Vision of Beauty

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

I am SO incredibly proud of this young woman. My former student. Graduated from law school, passed the bar, AND landed a pretty good position. Introducing Assistant District Attorney Laquan T. Lightfoot, Esq. 
#PrettyPeriod
I am SO incredibly proud of this young woman. My former student. Graduated from law school, passed the bar, AND landed a pretty good position. Introducing Assistant District Attorney Laquan T. Lightfoot, Esq. 
#PrettyPeriod

I am SO incredibly proud of this young woman. My former student. Graduated from law school, passed the bar, AND landed a pretty good position. Introducing Assistant District Attorney Laquan T. Lightfoot, Esq. 

#PrettyPeriod

My family is from Nigeria, and my full name is Uzoamaka, which means “The road is good.” Quick lesson: My tribe is Igbo, and you name your kid something that tells your history and hopefully predicts your future. So anyway, in grade school, because my last name started with an A, I was the first in roll call, and nobody ever knew how to pronounce it. So I went home and asked my mother if I could be called Zoe. I remember she was cooking, and in her Nigerian accent she said, “Why?” I said, “Nobody can pronounce it.” Without missing a beat, she said, “If they can learn to say Tchaikovsky and Michelangelo and Dostoyevsky, they can learn to say Uzoamaka.”

“give your daughters difficult names. give your daughters names that command the full use of tongue. my name makes you want to tell me the truth. my name doesn’t allow me to trust anyone that cannot pronounce it right.” - Warsan Shire

#PrettyPeriod

Did you see this scene on ‘How to Get Away With Murder’ last night? So powerful. So vulnerable. So raw. So simple. So real.
#PrettyPeriod #CLASSICBeauty
Did you see this scene on ‘How to Get Away With Murder’ last night? So powerful. So vulnerable. So raw. So simple. So real.
#PrettyPeriod #CLASSICBeauty
Did you see this scene on ‘How to Get Away With Murder’ last night? So powerful. So vulnerable. So raw. So simple. So real.
#PrettyPeriod #CLASSICBeauty

Did you see this scene on ‘How to Get Away With Murder’ last night? So powerful. So vulnerable. So raw. So simple. So real.

#PrettyPeriod #CLASSICBeauty

Ja’ToviaBrooklyn, NY
Photo Credit: Delphine Fawundu-Buford
Ja’ToviaBrooklyn, NY
Photo Credit: Delphine Fawundu-Buford

Ja’Tovia
Brooklyn, NY

Photo Credit: Delphine Fawundu-Buford

Danai Gurira for Byrdie.comPhoto Credit: Justin Coit
Danai Gurira for Byrdie.comPhoto Credit: Justin Coit

Danai Gurira for Byrdie.com
Photo Credit: Justin Coit

Today we celebrate the birth of one of our greatest artists, Fela Anikulapo Kuti aka The Black President. But we can’t celebrate the greatness that is Fela, without hailing the glory of THE QUEENS! 
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Today we celebrate the birth of one of our greatest artists, Fela Anikulapo Kuti aka The Black President. But we can’t celebrate the greatness that is Fela, without hailing the glory of THE QUEENS! 
#PrettyPeriod
Today we celebrate the birth of one of our greatest artists, Fela Anikulapo Kuti aka The Black President. But we can’t celebrate the greatness that is Fela, without hailing the glory of THE QUEENS! 
#PrettyPeriod

Today we celebrate the birth of one of our greatest artists, Fela Anikulapo Kuti aka The Black President. But we can’t celebrate the greatness that is Fela, without hailing the glory of THE QUEENS! 

#PrettyPeriod

Okay. So rather than share every single photo this woman has ever taken, I’m just going to post this one and direct you to http://findingpaola.com/ and @findingpaola on Tumblr/Instagram. You’re welcome. 
#PrettyPeriod
Okay. So rather than share every single photo this woman has ever taken, I’m just going to post this one and direct you to http://findingpaola.com/ and @findingpaola on Tumblr/Instagram. You’re welcome. 
#PrettyPeriod

Okay. So rather than share every single photo this woman has ever taken, I’m just going to post this one and direct you to http://findingpaola.com/ and @findingpaola on Tumblr/Instagram. You’re welcome. 

#PrettyPeriod

I LOVE THIS PHOTO!!!
Hekima in her workshop with her little empresses Zinga & QueenOmega
Brooklyn, NYPhoto Credit: Laylah Amatullah Barrayn
SHOP Harriet’s by Hekima here
I LOVE THIS PHOTO!!!
Hekima in her workshop with her little empresses Zinga & QueenOmega
Brooklyn, NYPhoto Credit: Laylah Amatullah Barrayn
SHOP Harriet’s by Hekima here

I LOVE THIS PHOTO!!!

Hekima in her workshop with her little empresses Zinga & QueenOmega

Brooklyn, NY
Photo Credit: Laylah Amatullah Barrayn

SHOP Harriet’s by Hekima here

Today is the U.N. International Day of the Girl! 
Inspired by a post by my friend and writer, Ibi Zoboi, I’m posting this picture of myself as a girl. Here I am in 1980. I was a first grader at St. Rita’s Catholic School in New Orleans. My teacher’s name was Miss Quarantino. I remember feeling very smart because my father had taught me how to write my name in cursive when I was in kindergarten, so by the time I had gotten to the first grade, I was just showing off! I had also mastered the spelling of my very long and phonetically complex middle name - A-M-G-B-O-R-A-L-E (pronounced Ahm-Bo!-Ah-Leh). My parents had just bought their first home and I remember feeling proud of them. 
I also remember using my tongue to play with the little piece of my gums that hung between my teeth. I wish I still had the gap in my teeth.
Underneath the makeup, the jewelry, the “grown” clothes, and high-heeled shoes, I’m still this little girl. 
If you are in NY (or can get to NY) please check out “I AM HERE: Girls Reclaiming Safe Spaces,”  an exhibition of photographs and words curated by renown photographer (and #PrettyPeriod contributing photographer) Delphine Fawundu and writer Ibi Zoboi. The exhibition will be on view at the Skylight Gallery at Restoration Plaza in Brooklyn October 25 - December 19. 
https://www.facebook.com/events/1482934478650836/
Today is the U.N. International Day of the Girl! 
Inspired by a post by my friend and writer, Ibi Zoboi, I’m posting this picture of myself as a girl. Here I am in 1980. I was a first grader at St. Rita’s Catholic School in New Orleans. My teacher’s name was Miss Quarantino. I remember feeling very smart because my father had taught me how to write my name in cursive when I was in kindergarten, so by the time I had gotten to the first grade, I was just showing off! I had also mastered the spelling of my very long and phonetically complex middle name - A-M-G-B-O-R-A-L-E (pronounced Ahm-Bo!-Ah-Leh). My parents had just bought their first home and I remember feeling proud of them. 
I also remember using my tongue to play with the little piece of my gums that hung between my teeth. I wish I still had the gap in my teeth.
Underneath the makeup, the jewelry, the “grown” clothes, and high-heeled shoes, I’m still this little girl. 
If you are in NY (or can get to NY) please check out “I AM HERE: Girls Reclaiming Safe Spaces,”  an exhibition of photographs and words curated by renown photographer (and #PrettyPeriod contributing photographer) Delphine Fawundu and writer Ibi Zoboi. The exhibition will be on view at the Skylight Gallery at Restoration Plaza in Brooklyn October 25 - December 19. 
https://www.facebook.com/events/1482934478650836/

Today is the U.N. International Day of the Girl! 

Inspired by a post by my friend and writer, Ibi Zoboi, I’m posting this picture of myself as a girl. Here I am in 1980. I was a first grader at St. Rita’s Catholic School in New Orleans. My teacher’s name was Miss Quarantino. I remember feeling very smart because my father had taught me how to write my name in cursive when I was in kindergarten, so by the time I had gotten to the first grade, I was just showing off! I had also mastered the spelling of my very long and phonetically complex middle name - A-M-G-B-O-R-A-L-E (pronounced Ahm-Bo!-Ah-Leh). My parents had just bought their first home and I remember feeling proud of them. 

I also remember using my tongue to play with the little piece of my gums that hung between my teeth. I wish I still had the gap in my teeth.

Underneath the makeup, the jewelry, the “grown” clothes, and high-heeled shoes, I’m still this little girl. 

If you are in NY (or can get to NY) please check out “I AM HERE: Girls Reclaiming Safe Spaces,”  an exhibition of photographs and words curated by renown photographer (and #PrettyPeriod contributing photographer) Delphine Fawundu and writer Ibi Zoboi. The exhibition will be on view at the Skylight Gallery at Restoration Plaza in Brooklyn October 25 - December 19. 

https://www.facebook.com/events/1482934478650836/

WERK!