Even before I knew of her own photography achievements, I knew that her work in this project was special and something that I had to own. I tracked down a hard copy at a fabulous black owned bookstore in Harlem called Sisters Uptown Bookstore and began my journey into a comprehensive history of black photography. I stumbled upon a Vice article about her and it quietly relit the flame under my own journey as a black woman carving out a space for herself in this white male dominated industry. As a 30+ year old digital photography student, it comes as no shock that most of the studied “greats” of this field look nothing like me and do not capture work that reflects my existence. Representation matters and Deborah Willis’ continued effort to share stories of our existence inspires storytellers like myself to soldier on and continue sharing our perspective. Check out the Vice article featuring Deborah Willis here and Reflections in Black can be purchased here.
Check out my latest interview with Joie Ride about everything from photography to my suggestions for the best places to go on a date in NYC to my favorite restaurants and more! You can read the interview here or at http://www.joieride.com/#!NEW-YORK-CITY-GUIDE-WITH-SHAVON-MEYERS/cnhdr/5720fb4b0cf2a12871ba5a6b Enjoy!
When I hosted The B Side Show a few years ago I put my all into it. It was a podcast that sounded like it could be on anyone’s radio station. Professionalism was on 1000! I wanted everything from the production to the content to represent quality and excellence. As I look back during my made up holiday, AUDIO WEEK, I think the most powerful and important show that I did was the one in which I interviewed Rachel Lloyd of GEMS. It was a great interview on the very important topic of the sexual exploitation of young girls right here in NYC. Take a trip down memory lane and listen to my interview segment below. While you’re here, don’t forget to take advantage of the special AUDIO WEEK discount happening this week only!
First of all, Denzel Washington aka THAT WALK! aka YOU BLOT THAT SHIT! aka KING KONG AINT GOT SHIT ON ME! is kind of hilarious. In that he’s not trying to be funny, he’s just being real way. I loved watching this and hearing him talk about his life on and off camera. I especially loved hearing him talk about calling on his ancestors for that pivotal whipping scene in the film Glory and about his family. Also, I must be living under a rock (not really, I just don’t have HBO) because I had no idea that his son was in an HBO show called Ballers (google it). He dropped quite a few gems in this hour plus interview with Dr. Todd Boyd. Watch it on a break from life and get inspired.
If you can’t view the video above, watch it here.