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The Self Publication—a collection of photography and personal essays designed to uplift women and men of color and combat the harsh stereotypes associated with the Black Community.

NITASHIA

I’ve wanted to do a project to combat the stereotypes placed on Black Women for years. While working and living as a graduate student at the Rhode Island School of Design, I saw Black Women routinely misrepresented in art and media. This misrepresentation was dehumanizing, pervasive, and difficult to stomach.

When I encountered degrading and disturbing material, I spoke out. Eventually, I decided to use my work to pro-actively subvert the discouraging material I was encountering. I began creating new representations of Black Women (and Black Culture in general) with my art, design, and photography.     In November of 2016, I began work on what eventually became The Self Publication—a collection of photography and personal essays designed to uplift women and men of color and combat the harsh stereotypes associated with the Black Community.

 

Dehumanizing colorism and racism have a crippling effect. They have wreaked havoc on my community in countless ways. The Self Publication is pushing back. The first collection highlights the personal stories of 14 women. The participants share their own experiences on topics such as colorism, racism, and the importance of self-love. Each year, new participants will be interviewed and photographed for a spot in the collection. The goal of this project is to foster unity in the Black Community, to erase the effects of colorism, and to celebrate diversity.

 

Instagram:@justtypenj

Website(s) www.nitashiajohnson.com / www.thesmartproject.org

Occupation: Graphic Designer / Instructor

Hobby or Dream: Spreading love

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