April 17, 2014
Creating Art

For me, creating art is about seeking meaning and grappling with complexity. In its manifestation, it represents a non linear progression of thoughts and ideas. Therefore, it may actually transcend the time that it was created and the full comprehension of the person who created it.

January 22, 2014
50shadesblack:

YELLOW GIRL -a personal story (shared anonymously as blacklifeandlove) I used to be called “Yellow. Light bright. White girl.” You name it. I was between a “yellowish” tan, with clear indications that I was of white and black heritage. As a young child, that was hurtful. Many of the children around me were pretty shades of brown, from light to dark. But something about my skin tone gave me away. I wasn’t just light tan; I was “yellow” and not the Asian kind. While that counted against me when I was young, I sought to understand it. I came to see that my “yellowness” had something to do with both my skin, and the fact that I was articulate, inquisitive, outspoken, and danced to the beat of my own drum, without apologies. So my “yellowness” had something to do with my personality as much as it had to do with my complexion. As I entered puberty, my “yellowness” increasingly became about my personality, because all of a sudden, my lighter complexion (which is quickly and beautifully altered by a little exposure to the sun) became an asset. I did not use it as such, because I was still emotionally scarred from feeling ‘othered’ and rejected by my own people because of it. So I never “utilized” my complexion or hair (which was almost always pressed and curled) to stand out as sexually more appealing. Women didn’t comment on my complexion (at least, not to my face) at all (whereas when I was younger, their commentary was negative), and men started responding in the positive (to my surprise, because before it was a negative). Now that I’m grown, I don’t deal with people who seem to have a fixation with lighter skin or darker skin. I just want to be appreciated for who I am and what I look like regardless of whether I’m considered fair or medium or dark, or clear for that matter. ~blacklifeandlove (chapter 3, page 45) 50 Shades of Black Coffee Table Book Vol. 1
ORDER YOUR COPY TODAY AT http://www.50shadesofblack.com/shop
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Model: Cree Davis @creedavisstar Photo by: Carlton Mackey, Creator of 50 Shades of BlackSHARE YOUR STORY:http://www.50shadesofblack.com/share-stories

50shadesblack:

YELLOW GIRL -a personal story (shared anonymously as blacklifeandlove)

I used to be called “Yellow. Light bright. White girl.” You name it. I was between a “yellowish” tan, with clear indications that I was of white and black heritage. As a young child, that was hurtful. Many of the children around me were pretty shades of brown, from light to dark. But something about my skin tone gave me away. I wasn’t just light tan; I was “yellow” and not the Asian kind.

While that counted against me when I was young, I sought to understand it. I came to see that my “yellowness” had something to do with both my skin, and the fact that I was articulate, inquisitive, outspoken, and danced to the beat of my own drum, without apologies. So my “yellowness” had something to do with my personality as much as it had to do with my complexion.

As I entered puberty, my “yellowness” increasingly became about my personality, because all of a sudden, my lighter complexion (which is quickly and beautifully altered by a little exposure to the sun) became an asset. I did not use it as such, because I was still emotionally scarred from feeling ‘othered’ and rejected by my own people because of it. So I never “utilized” my complexion or hair (which was almost always pressed and curled) to stand out as sexually more appealing. Women didn’t comment on my complexion (at least, not to my face) at all (whereas when I was younger, their commentary was negative), and men started responding in the positive (to my surprise, because before it was a negative).

Now that I’m grown, I don’t deal with people who seem to have a fixation with lighter skin or darker skin. I just want to be appreciated for who I am and what I look like regardless of whether I’m considered fair or medium or dark, or clear for that matter.

~blacklifeandlove
(chapter 3, page 45)
50 Shades of Black Coffee Table Book Vol. 1

ORDER YOUR COPY TODAY AT http://www.50shadesofblack.com/shop

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Model: Cree Davis @creedavisstar
Photo by: Carlton Mackey, Creator of 50 Shades of Black
SHARE YOUR STORY:
http://www.50shadesofblack.com/
share-stories

December 5, 2013
50 Shades of Black -Sexuality and Skin Tone in the Formation of Identity.  | http://www.50shadesofblack.com #50shadesofblack #mykkiblanco #hiphop #biggerthanhiphop

50 Shades of Black -Sexuality and Skin Tone in the Formation of Identity. | http://www.50shadesofblack.com #50shadesofblack #mykkiblanco #hiphop #biggerthanhiphop

December 3, 2013
@creativesilence channels the W.E.B. Dubois in new self portrait. #soulsofblackfolks #doubleconsciousness #selfportrait #creativesilence #50shadesblack

@creativesilence channels the W.E.B. Dubois in new self portrait. #soulsofblackfolks #doubleconsciousness #selfportrait #creativesilence #50shadesblack

December 2, 2013
Mayor of Anse a Pitre, a fisherman’s region in Haiti on the border of Dominican Republic, with artist & 50 Shades of Black supporter Mariangela Mihai. #beautifulineveryshade #50shadesofblack #50shadesblack #haiti #dominicanrepublic #carribean #ocean | http://www.50shadesofblack.com

Mayor of Anse a Pitre, a fisherman’s region in Haiti on the border of Dominican Republic, with artist & 50 Shades of Black supporter Mariangela Mihai. #beautifulineveryshade #50shadesofblack #50shadesblack #haiti #dominicanrepublic #carribean #ocean | http://www.50shadesofblack.com

December 1, 2013
Huge thanks to @theavaclarke and her family who indeed are #beautifulineveryshade | #50shadesofblack #avaclarke #familyphotos #instagreat | http://www.50shadesofblack.com

Huge thanks to @theavaclarke and her family who indeed are #beautifulineveryshade | #50shadesofblack #avaclarke #familyphotos #instagreat | http://www.50shadesofblack.com

December 1, 2013
"Clap your hands if you know what happiness means to you" #pharrell #happy #whatisblackmusic #50shadesblack #mixtape | Download our 50 Shades of Black Music Mixtape at http://www.50shadesofblack.com/music …and be HAPPY!

"Clap your hands if you know what happiness means to you" #pharrell #happy #whatisblackmusic #50shadesblack #mixtape | Download our 50 Shades of Black Music Mixtape at http://www.50shadesofblack.com/music …and be HAPPY!

November 30, 2013
Some of the children, grands, & great grands of Alice Silva at her home and at side of her husband of 66 years to say our goodbyes. Originally of Cape Verdean descent now diverse in culture and from differing corners smiled in her reflection. Submitted by Eshe Armah. #typicalamericanfamilies #capeverdean #grandparents #grandkids #familyphotos #capeverde | http://www.typicalamericanfamilies.com

Some of the children, grands, & great grands of Alice Silva at her home and at side of her husband of 66 years to say our goodbyes. Originally of Cape Verdean descent now diverse in culture and from differing corners smiled in her reflection. Submitted by Eshe Armah. #typicalamericanfamilies #capeverdean #grandparents #grandkids #familyphotos #capeverde | http://www.typicalamericanfamilies.com

November 29, 2013
Miss India Georgia at 4th Open Shoot of 50 Shades of Black also believes you are Beautiful In Every Shade. #beautifulineveryshade #missindia #50shadesblack #beautifulwoman #lovetheskinyourein #beautypageant #makeastatement | http://www.50shadesofblack.com

Miss India Georgia at 4th Open Shoot of 50 Shades of Black also believes you are Beautiful In Every Shade. #beautifulineveryshade #missindia #50shadesblack #beautifulwoman #lovetheskinyourein #beautypageant #makeastatement | http://www.50shadesofblack.com

November 29, 2013
@atlantamagazine that is our signature shirt & that beautiful girl is the daughter of one of our biggest supporters! #beautifulineveryshade #50shadesblack #inthenews #atlantakids | Shirts and Info at http://www.50shadesofblack.com

@atlantamagazine that is our signature shirt & that beautiful girl is the daughter of one of our biggest supporters! #beautifulineveryshade #50shadesblack #inthenews #atlantakids | Shirts and Info at http://www.50shadesofblack.com

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