I was recently commissioned to photograph five generations of descendants of Solomon Northup, author of “12 Years a Slave”. The feature can be seen in this week’s newsstand ‘Oscar’s Edition’ of The Hollywood Reporter as well as here.
However small, I feel honored to play a role in the sharing of Solomon Northup’s legacy. It was definitely an experience that I’ll always treasure. Enjoy!
Happy 31st Birthday Lupita Nyong’o! (March 1st, 1983)Happy Birthday to Queen Lupita.
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Through the layering of digital prints, printed cloth and paint, this work in progress seeks to capture and explore the intricacies of identity in a Caribbean context. The use of collage is a means of acknowledging and examining the complexity of being.
Dencia, creator of “Whitenicious,” responds to this part of Lupita Nyong’o’s speech at the Ebony Black Women in Hollywood luncheon:
I want to take this opportunity to talk about beauty, Black beauty, dark beauty. I received a letter from a girl and I’d like to share just a small part of it with you: “Dear Lupita,” it reads, “I think you’re really lucky to be this Black but yet this successful in Hollywood overnight. I was just about to buy Dencia’s Whitenicious cream to lighten my skin when you appeared on the world map and saved me.”
My heart bled a little when I read those words, I could never have guessed that my first job out of school would be so powerful in and of itself and that it would propel me to be such an image of hope in the same way that the women of The Color Purple were to me.
Dencia is a mess. Abeg, someone please come collect her now now.