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BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE™ partners with Fearless Dialogues for Creative Change

 Fearless Dialogues creator Dr. Gregory C. Ellison, II invites participants at Methodist University in Sao Paulo to see the unseen.

Fearless Dialogues creator Dr. Gregory C. Ellison, II invites participants at Methodist University in Sao Paulo to see the unseen.

The creator of BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE™  traveled to the Methodist University of Sao Paulo in Brazil to partner in leading one component of the transformative experience founded by Dr. Gregory Ellison, II called Fearless Dialogues.  

Fearless Dialogues is a grassroots initiative committed to creating spaces for unlikely partners to engage in hard, heartfelt conversations that see gifts in others, hear value in stories, and work for change and positive transformation in self and other.

The Fearless Dialogues team creates spaces for transformation like none other. It is our niche. Radical hospitality lessens anxiety, reduces power differences, and level the playing field for hard conversations to occur.

Fearless Dialogues holds firm to the belief that artistic mediums reframe sterile and hostile environments into spaces for lively and engaging interaction.  The Fearless Dialogues team routinely utilizes the powerful visual narratives created by the BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE™  team to bolster its mission and give expression to these beliefs.

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The Street Boys and Girls Project in Sao Bernardo do Campo Brazil

We were so humbled to be invited to join Fearless Dialogues to share our message in Brazil with the Street Boys and Girls Project and their artists who work with socially excluded children by developing educational and cultural activities in order to:

- Stimulate the role and the return of these young people to family, school and community life. 

- Strengthen the liberating practice that considers the boys and girls as agents of their history, promoters of a more just, egalitarian and participatory society, together with other popular and social movements;

- Develop critical awareness that leads to change unjust structures in society.

- Defender legally the rights of children and adolescents and may, for this joining with class actions or other appropriate measure, Ana defense of all rights guaranteed in the Child and Adolescent and other related legal rules;

- To promote, defend and put pressure on government agencies and other social segments, so that children's and adolescents' rights are respected; denounced the arbitrary.
 

 Fearless Dialogues created by Dr. Gregory Ellison and Beautiful In Every Shade Meets with group of artists and leaders of Street Kids Project in  Sao Bernardo do Campo Brazil.

Fearless Dialogues created by Dr. Gregory Ellison and Beautiful In Every Shade Meets with group of artists and leaders of Street Kids Project in Sao Bernardo do Campo Brazil.

 Dr. Gregory Ellison, II with Dr. Margarida Ribeiro from Methodist University of Sao Paulo at Street Kids Project in Sao Bernardo do Campo Brazil.

Dr. Gregory Ellison, II with Dr. Margarida Ribeiro from Methodist University of Sao Paulo at Street Kids Project in Sao Bernardo do Campo Brazil.

 Neia Bueno speaks about history and work of Street Kids Project of Brazil

Neia Bueno speaks about history and work of Street Kids Project of Brazil

 Michel Cena7 uses his work to speak to address social issues and to inspire positive social change in  his community.

Michel Cena7 uses his work to speak to address social issues and to inspire positive social change in  his community.

 Neia Bueno presents group with copies of the book offering a practical guide to create recreational opportunities and carry the right to play for kids in Brazil.

Neia Bueno presents group with copies of the book offering a practical guide to create recreational opportunities and carry the right to play for kids in Brazil.

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Samantha: Preserving Culture & Defining Her Own Standards

S Aweti of the Amazon tribe of Kalapolo, we are inspired by your commitment to preserve the language, culture, and traditions of your people and not be defined by any one's standards but your own. This is true beauty.

Learn more about The Stone Village or Village Tehuhungu that Samantha is from at http://aldeiatehuhungu.com.br/

BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE™  Reporting live from Brazil. 

Learn more about The Stone Village or Village Tehuhungu that Samantha is from at http://aldeiatehuhungu.com.br/

BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE™  Reporting live from Brazil.

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I AM A HUMAN BEING -an interview with a Romani Chief

Ludvik Levacic, born in 1951, grew up traveling with his family and a caravan of Gypsies throughout the seven states of former Yugoslavia. To earn money for food and necessities the family played instruments for coins and repaired everything from umbrellas to bikes. According to Levacic’s oral history, the Romani people migrated from northern India during the 9th century and have settled in countries from eastern Europe to the Americas. He recalls that his people have been persecuted in different parts of the world for several hundred years. They have endured slavery, the Holocaust, sterilization, discrimination and much more.

While touring villages on the outskirts of Slovenia, BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE Co-Director Ross Oscar Knight met Ludvik Levacic. He is the Romani chief of the Kamence Village.

Read Knight's complete reflection on his website.

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Emory University Sickle Cell Research Advocate Captures BEAUTY IN EVERY SHADE in Brazil

 Academic, professional, and academic curator Melissa Creary

Academic, professional, and academic curator Melissa Creary

Melissa Creary, Boren Fellow  and PhD Candidate at the Institute of Liberal Arts, Emory University wrapped up her recent research assignment in Brazil spreading the message of BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE.  

My last day in Brazil was full. A final interview, last minute errands, and a meet up with my friend Dara Braddock, a writer, chef, and educator supreme who was in town to visit. I gave her a Beautiful In Every Shade Tee because as an educator she recognizes how important the movement is and then this happened. I think she attracted this amazing moment into being. You can’t describe the concept of this shirt more beautifully, than a school bus of Brazilian children (of every shade and hue) who just happen to be on a field trip to the beach and are, of course, in love with the camera and Miss Braddock. Beautiful indeed.
— Melissa Creary
 Dara Braddock with Brazilian school children are BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE.  Photo by Melissa Creary

Dara Braddock with Brazilian school children are BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE.  Photo by Melissa Creary

 

Creary's research area is in the social, cultural, ethical, political and historic tensions in sickle cell disease (SCD) in both the United States and Brazil.  Creary is also an avid photographer (Moments in Macro Photography) and special collaborator with 50 Shades of Black.  More information at melissacreary.com

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T-Shirt Sparks Global Conversation

 Emory University Center for Ethics reports on the International growth of BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE with KNIGHT's influence

Emory University Center for Ethics reports on the International growth of BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE with KNIGHT's influence

It began with a black T-shirt and a powerful phrase: “Beautiful in Every Shade”. The shirt is part of a grassroots empowerment campaign and international brand founded by Carlton Mackey, Director of the Ethics and the Arts Program here at the Center for Ethics. Knight has been actively involved in Beautiful in Every Shade since 2012 and works alongside Mackey as the project’s Director of International Initiatives.

His wearing the symbolic shirt while in Rwanda welcomed opportunities for thought-provoking dialogue on color complex discrimination and identity, a topic all too familiar to the African-American artist. Maja Ladić had been taking Knight on a tour of the Nyamirambo Women’s Center when their discussion first began. Ladić is a coordinator of various development projects like this local women’s center in Rwanda for the Mirovni inštitut (or Peace Institute).

by Kimberly Johnson

READ COMPLETE STORY HERE