a Vision of Beauty

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

NgoziWashington, DC
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Ngozi
Washington, DC

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Ngozi & her Mommy, ChiomaWashington, DC
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Ngozi & her Mommy, Chioma
Washington, DC

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Nana AmaHarlem, NYC
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Nana Ama
Harlem, NYC

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IsharaBrooklyn, NY
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Ishara
Brooklyn, NY

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KaiaPhiladelphia, PA
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Kaia
Philadelphia, PA

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Pretty. Period. Family

(top) Nisa Ra & her daughter Muhammida
(bottom) Nisa Ra, her granddaughter Mahadevi, & her daughter Muhammida, Mahadevi’s Mother

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MahadeviPhiladelphia, PA
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Mahadevi
Philadelphia, PA

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MuhammidaPhiladelphia, PA
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Muhammida
Philadelphia, PA

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Queen Mother Nisa RaPhiladelphia, PA 
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Queen Mother Nisa Ra
Philadelphia, PA 

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LovelyEugene, Oregon
Photo Credit: Yaba Blay

Lovely
Eugene, Oregon

Photo Credit: Yaba Blay

LovelyEugene, Oregon
Photo Credit: Yaba Blay

Lovely
Eugene, Oregon

Photo Credit: Yaba Blay

It’s a Lovely Day!

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Photo Credit: Yaba Blay

by: Yaba Blay

Yesterday I made a new friend. She is four years old and her name is Lovely. When I first heard her name, I was immediately reminded of African naming traditions whereby parents give their children names that reflect who they are… or who they want them to be. Lovely is indeed lovely, only she doesn’t quite know it just yet.

A few weeks ago, my friend, Leslie (also featured in ‘Pretty. Period’ along with her daughter, Aja) contacted me to ask if I could include Lovely in the project, not just because she’s a cutie pie, but because Leslie thought it might help her. Lovely lives in Oregon where there are few people who look like her. And although her family works consciously to affirm her, she struggles with affirming herself. Lovely’s mother recently posted a picture of her on Facebook. The caption read “My princess for the day… before the royal meltdown about wishing she was White. Sometimes the place we live in makes me sad.”

Well, that’s all it took for me to have my own meltdown. OF COURSE Lovely would be in ‘Pretty. Period!’

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Folayan. Khadija. Vaughn. Jo-Ann. Nzingah. Baltimore, MD
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Folayan. Khadija. Vaughn. Jo-Ann. Nzingah. 
Baltimore, MD

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KhadijaBaltimore, MDPhoto Credit: Ann Blake Photography

Khadija
Baltimore, MD

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NzingahMiami, FL
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Nzingah
Miami, FL

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