"I was taught that my natural self did not comply with conventional standards set forth by society, saying fairer skin is better, straighter hair is more attractive, and that skinny tastes good," Priscilla Yuki Wilson said.
Indian Relay Championships in Sheridan, WY this Weekend; Sept 12-14th
The Professional Indian Horse Racing Association All Nations Indian Relay Championships will be Sept. 12-14 at the Sheridan County Fairgrounds. Over 30 teams representing 15 Indian nations from across North America will compete for more than $50,000 in prizes and jackets and buckles.
The Afro-Brazilian Sisterhood of the Good Death is made up of female descendants of slaves, all age 50 and over, and honours both Catholic traditions and Afro-Brazilian Candomble religious rites. The sisterhood is believed to be the oldest organization for women of African descent in the Americas. The state of Bahia received at least 1.2 million slaves from Africa and remains the most African of Brazilian states, where blacks make up around 80 percent of the population.
She is 76 years old “he started working out in her 50′s which truly shows no one is ever too old to get fit! She was trained by a former Mr. America.” “She runs 10 miles or more a day? How many of us can’t even run 1 mile at a time?”
“If we, as women and men, truly look to our elders, like Mrs. Ernestine Shepherd, we could learn so much. Its time that we, as people, find a true purpose. We write so much on the negative issues in our world, when we there are wonderful examples of the good side of our world like Mrs. Shepherd. If we could really focus on self preservation, respecting others and helping others in what we do, God would be so pleased. Let’s get inspired by this angel of a woman that should make anyone jump up and get a heads start on being fit for life. We’re running at this moment….!! Lol”
Breaking the Silence Congo Week is a week of activities that commemorates the millions of lives lost in the Congo conflict while celebrating the enormous human and natural potential that exists in the country. Communities throughout the globe join in partnership with Congolese each year on the third week of October to screen films, hold teach-ins and forums, organize rallies, host fundraisers, put on concerts and undertake many other activities to elevate the profile of the Congo throughout the globe. Students and community organizers initiated Congo Week in 2008. Religious leaders, scholars, intellectuals, artists, and ordinary people throughout the globe also got involved to acknowledge the lives of the Congolese people and their pursuit for human dignity.
This image was another experiment with off camera flash, shadows, and composition. Typically, I shoot in portrait mode, but I used a square frame. I wanted to accentuate the gaze in this photo. The square frame allowed me to align the gaze with diagonal of the frame. I also used a vignette to emphasize the eyes as the initial point of the gaze. I also wanted to emphasize depth in my face with shadows, but subtly. I used the tone curve and decreased blacks and shadows. I like images that capture the entire monochromatic spectrum. Thus, I raised the whites and highlights.