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Reflections from within. In Our Glory. #WestPhiladelphia @everydayblackamerica

“Signs of the Times” .

I’ve heard different people call it by different names. Many of the elders say they’re coming back and call it “Regentrification”. Some of my Young Bols call it “Genni” screwing up their faces as the word leaves their lips like they’re talking about a girl that dissed them on the schoolyard. You might know it as “gentrification” and whatever that means to you. Call it what you want. For me it just feels like “The Takeover” that  nobody’s coming up with and “Ether” for.
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“signs of the times” .

i’ve heard different people call it by different names. many of the elders say they’re coming back and call it “regentrification”. some of my young bols call it “genni” screwing up their faces as the word leaves their lips like they’re talking about a girl that dissed them on the schoolyard. you might know it as “gentrification” and whatever that means to you. call it what you want. for me it just feels like “the takeover” that nobody’s coming up with and “ether” for.
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“Inna di Red”
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“inna di red”
588 22 August 2018
“If these locks could talk...” .

I hadn't seen Tyson in ages. His locks long and colored the hue of wisdom. Each strand of hair a witness to its own story and experience. I smiled broadly at my brother knowing a few of those stories and our common experience. We were Young Bols in the streets  of North Philadelphia in another life. He introduced me to the Sister he was with,
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“if these locks could talk...” .

i hadn't seen tyson in ages. his locks long and colored the hue of wisdom. each strand of hair a witness to its own story and experience. i smiled broadly at my brother knowing a few of those stories and our common experience. we were young bols in the streets of north philadelphia in another life. he introduced me to the sister he was with, "this is ken, he knew the old me." .
#postthepeople #portrait #malcomxpark #westphilly #philadelphia #blackandwhitephotography #blackandwhite #instgram #locks
1,011 30 August 2018
In 1966 at the age of 12  Meserete came in to the light of Rastafari while living in Vineyard Town in Kingston, Jamaica. Predictably her parent’s reaction was one of total rejection and condemnation. Rasta at that time were considered the worst and the least. They shipped her off to a strict all girls boarding school in Brown’s Town, St. Ann with the hope that the nuns would rinse any thoughts of Rasta from her heart and mind. .

When the school realized that  Meserete was resolute in her conviction and wouldn’t put down Rastafari they found a way to put her out of the school. Undaunted, she found her way to America and some 52 years later she is still upholding Rastafari working as a community activist, food justice warrior and founder of the Annual Celebration for H.I.M. Haile Selassie I and other postive ancestors in #WestPhiladelphia . .
#HaileSelassieI #Rastafari #Jamaica #WestPhilly #portrait #malcomxpark #traditions #legacy #dignity #postthepeople #makeportraits #portraitphotography #portraitpage #instagram
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In 1966 at the age of 12 meserete came in to the light of rastafari while living in vineyard town in kingston, jamaica. predictably her parent’s reaction was one of total rejection and condemnation. rasta at that time were considered the worst and the least. they shipped her off to a strict all girls boarding school in brown’s town, st. ann with the hope that the nuns would rinse any thoughts of rasta from her heart and mind. .

when the school realized that meserete was resolute in her conviction and wouldn’t put down rastafari they found a way to put her out of the school. undaunted, she found her way to america and some 52 years later she is still upholding rastafari working as a community activist, food justice warrior and founder of the annual celebration for h.i.m. haile selassie i and other postive ancestors in #westphiladelphia . .
#haileselassiei #rastafari #jamaica #westphilly #portrait #malcomxpark #traditions #legacy #dignity #postthepeople #makeportraits #portraitphotography #portraitpage #instagram
512 9 August 2018
“Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted; the indifference of those who should have known better; the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most; that has made it possible for evil to triumph.”
H.I.M. Haile Selassie I . 
#HaileSelassieI #Rastafari #WestPhilly #Streetportrait #malcomxpark
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“throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted; the indifference of those who should have known better; the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most; that has made it possible for evil to triumph.”
h.i.m. haile selassie i .
#haileselassiei #rastafari #westphilly #streetportrait #malcomxpark
710 8 August 2018
“Find something that you really enjoy doing and just go for that and you will find a way to succeed.” -Zaki Hagins .

Zaki Hagins has been playing the viola for more than half of his young life. He started in the fourth grade in the Philadelphia school district and now at 21 years of age it is as if his viola has become a part of him. Listing music and social justice as his two passions in life he is focused on using the former to bring attention to the latter. His hard work and dedication has been rewarded with an opportunity to study Music Composition at the Maastricht Academy of Music in the Netherlands. .

My history with Zaki goes back to before he was born. I met his father Ogbonna outside a music venue in 1995, a week later we were jam packed in a minivan heading to Washington DC to fight for social justice. I took a leap of faith on a stranger and all these years later the link remains strong. .

Today I ask that you click the link in my bio, look, read, listen, share and support Zaki in reaching his dream. No contribution is too small and every gesture of encouragement is highly appreciated. .

#ZakiHagins #viola #musician #philly #philadelphia #gofundme #phillyartist #supportthearts #swipe #halo #beyonce #classicalmusic
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“find something that you really enjoy doing and just go for that and you will find a way to succeed.” -zaki hagins .

zaki hagins has been playing the viola for more than half of his young life. he started in the fourth grade in the philadelphia school district and now at 21 years of age it is as if his viola has become a part of him. listing music and social justice as his two passions in life he is focused on using the former to bring attention to the latter. his hard work and dedication has been rewarded with an opportunity to study music composition at the maastricht academy of music in the netherlands. .

my history with zaki goes back to before he was born. i met his father ogbonna outside a music venue in 1995, a week later we were jam packed in a minivan heading to washington dc to fight for social justice. i took a leap of faith on a stranger and all these years later the link remains strong. .

today i ask that you click the link in my bio, look, read, listen, share and support zaki in reaching his dream. no contribution is too small and every gesture of encouragement is highly appreciated. .

#zakihagins #viola #musician #philly #philadelphia #gofundme #phillyartist #supportthearts #swipe #halo #beyonce #classicalmusic
562 12 July 2018
“Daddy’s little girl” .

TJ & Dalila Photographed for the ongoing series
From the Root to the Fruit:
Black Fathers and their Children
.
#father #daughter #fathersday #blackfathers #traditions #legacy #dignity #streetphotography #streetportrait #postthepeople #makeportraits #portraitphotography #portraitpage #instagram
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“daddy’s little girl” .

tj & dalila photographed for the ongoing series
from the root to the fruit:
black fathers and their children
.
#father #daughter #fathersday #blackfathers #traditions #legacy #dignity #streetphotography #streetportrait #postthepeople #makeportraits #portraitphotography #portraitpage #instagram
823 18 June 2018
#LivingwhileBlack .
A photographic representation of a legacy, a feeling, a fact.
#thisisamerica
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#livingwhileblack .
a photographic representation of a legacy, a feeling, a fact.
#thisisamerica
875 16 May 2018
Malcom .
“And we will know him then for what he was and is a Prince, our own Black shining Prince! Who didn't hesitate to die, because he loved us so.” -Ossie Davis
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In honor of the 93rd birthday of
 El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcolm X) born on May 19, 1925. 
#MalcolmXDay  #MalcolmX .
Carlo Cambell photographed for the #theatreinthex production of “The Meeting” in #Malcomxpark #WestPhiladelphia #WestPhilly
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Malcom .
“and we will know him then for what he was and is a prince, our own black shining prince! who didn't hesitate to die, because he loved us so.” -ossie davis
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in honor of the 93rd birthday of
el-hajj malik el-shabazz (malcolm x) born on may 19, 1925.
#malcolmxday #malcolmx .
carlo cambell photographed for the #theatreinthex production of “the meeting” in #malcomxpark #westphiladelphia #westphilly
758 4 May 2018
Living while Black in America can feel like perpetually waiting for the other shoe to drop. #livingwhileblack . “I am sick and tired of being sick and tired!”-Fannie Lou Hamer #thisisamerica
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Living while black in america can feel like perpetually waiting for the other shoe to drop. #livingwhileblack . “i am sick and tired of being sick and tired!”-fannie lou hamer #thisisamerica
833 16 May 2018
“My Brother’s Keeper”
.
Twins Azekel and Elijah photographed at Malcolm X Park in West Philadelphia. .
#streetportrait #streetphotography #brothers #twins #westphiladelphia #postthepeople #blackandwhite #blackandwhitephotography
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“my brother’s keeper”
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twins azekel and elijah photographed at malcolm x park in west philadelphia. .
#streetportrait #streetphotography #brothers #twins #westphiladelphia #postthepeople #blackandwhite #blackandwhitephotography
972 13 April 2018