Welcome to JuneTeenth Month

In June, I will celebrate with photos of art that allow us to reflect on our history.

This is a Boli Fetish Figure from the Bamana people of Mali in West Africa. It is referred to as a fetish because it possessed a magical power representing a spirit that controlled some aspect of their life. It would get rid of disease or punish someone doing wrong in the community.

It was created of animal bones, feathers, vegetable matter, metal, mirror, and other organic matter.

Mesmerizing Images

Our world is changing. The riots in cities across the United States have me mesmerized. Anger and frustration is being released but is building up to something else.

The year 2020 is showing to be a pivotal year. It is a year unlike any I have experienced. It will be remembered as a year of impeachment, pandemic and riots. We are only half way through it.

All these images are from CNN covering the riots that have taken place in the last couple of days.

The artistic way the photographers tell the story puts the viewer front and center.

It Started Earlier Than You Thought

Women wore their hair in a natural style for a fashion show. It was a contest that gave a cash prize for the winner. These women were sporting natural beauty before it was in fashion

A group of young men started an organization called the African Jazz At Society (AJAS) in the late 1950s. Kwame Braithwaite wanted to capture the essence of jazz in Harlem in photography. He wanted his audience to feel it and hear it through his work.

in the 1960s The Grandassa Models was formed to champion African inspired clothing and black beauty according to Tanisha Ford who has written a wonderful history of the experience.