As the world becomes more diverse and media is at its all-time high, representation
is significant. The African Diaspora (a term commonly used to describe the mass dispersion
of peoples from Africa during the Transatlantic Slave Trades) has historically been
oppressed by stereotypes. Stereotypes like criminals, Uncle Tom, sapphire, mammy,
mandingo, black face, etc., have drastically affected how other people (and even sometimes
individuals) view themselves.
My goal is to capture the African Diaspora in a positive light. Illustrating black
people as the total opposite. Black people are highly diverse and unique with special
talents and passions. My senior project is a small collection of portraits of black
people representing themselves, with small descriptions about themselves, giving a
better insight into who they are and their passions. I hope that my work can help
break the ignorance of stereotypes and make a step towards change.