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Emory Report Feature: Photo project seeks Typical American Families

  SCREEN SHOT from EMORY NEWS CENTER:    Carlton Mackey, shown here with his wife, Kari, and son, Isaiah, says the photo project is "all about celebrating a spectrum of identity and family makeup in American families — and there is a spectrum in this country, just as there is within my own family." Photo by Loni Schick

SCREEN SHOT from EMORY NEWS CENTER:  Carlton Mackey, shown here with his wife, Kari, and son, Isaiah, says the photo project is "all about celebrating a spectrum of identity and family makeup in American families — and there is a spectrum in this country, just as there is within my own family." Photo by Loni Schick

By Kimber Williams | Emory Report | Dec. 9, 2014

A community photography project created by Carlton Mackey, director of Emory's Ethics and the Arts Program, to celebrate the spectrum of differences within modern American families has been awarded a 2014-2015 "Ideas Challenge Grant" by One Region Atlanta.

"Typical American Families" is an online platform exploring a wider view of American families through photographic images.

This month, Mackey's project was among four applicants selected to receive an Ideas Challenge grant award from One Region Atlanta, an initiative of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta.

In their application, Mackey and his creative partner, international photographer/photoculturalist Ross Oscar Knight, proposed utilizing their "Typical American Family" platform to help bridge faith and culture in Atlanta by creating a traveling photo exhibit.

The $2,500 grant will be used to offer free family portrait sessions with Knight to about 15 Atlanta families. Copies of those photographs will be given to each family and will also be displayed through a traveling exhibit, which will be unveiled in spring 2015 in a ceremony and public gathering at Emory's Center for Ethics.

READ COMPLETE Emory Report Story Here

 

Social Justice Hustle Mixtape -Soundtrack for a Global Movement

Carlton and I stood on his back porch, on one of those summer days Atlanta has that are perfect for barbecuing. One of us said, “we should really do a follow up to the 50 Shades of Black Mixtape.” I told Carlton that what I would really love to do is make a mixtape that was a soundtrack for social activists; something they could listen to that would get them pumped up and fuel them to keep fighting. At one point, Carlton said he loved the potential of what this project represents, an ambition to create, in essence, "a soundtrack for a global movement of social justice." He threatened to start running around like he did at Starbucks before.

Once again a mixtape was born.

What I had in mind was an inclusive project that touched on various social movements across ethnic and gender boundaries. I wanted it to feel like it belonged to everyone and I wanted it to feel like power. It needed to bust you in the mouth. Repeatedly.

We also wanted a title that reflected that. As I told Carlton, I think it should be 4 words that just “punch, punch, punch, punch.” We eventually landed on the Social Justice Hustle Mixtape, a phrase we co-opted from multidisciplinary artist and community activist Christy NaMee Eriksen, and a phrase that afforded us an opportunity to collaborate with her. She describes her cover design as a “mixture of clarity and straight forwardness, mixed in with the bit of chaos/anxiety/multitude of emotions we all experience in the movement. (In thinking of) hustle and grace - the work, the work, the work, grueling but necessary, but also (with a) sense of beauty, kindness, and loveliness that I think activists have to hold on to to keep ourselves real. To each other and to ourselves.”

There is a certain painful resonance to the project at this particular moment in history, which reminds us of the relationship between Emmett Till and Tamir Rice, and where every Michael Brown or Fong Lee or CeCe McDonald is a tragic representative of many other injustices. The mixtape, hopes to connects many pieces, many emotions, many struggles, on many levels. It feels heartbreaking and inspiring at the same time. It champions collaborative movement and being imaginative in that collaboration. -Kwame

The Beautiful Struggle.
The Struggle is Beautiful In Every Shade
The Social Justice Hustle Mixtape.
Feel it. Breathe it. Hustle. 

Curated and Mixed by Kwame Phillips
Cover Art Design by Christy Namee Eriksen
Co-Produced by Carlton Mackey

 

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Emory University Students Gather to Proclaim Black Lives Matter

Candler School of Theology and Emory University students, faculty, and staff host 'die in' protest joining 1000's of others across the country in the proclamation that "Black Lives Matter." Photos by Beautiful In Every Shade creator Carlton Mackey.

BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE ™ is a grassroots empowerment campaign that believes in the beauty found in every human being. Our goal is to showcase, celebrate, and affirm the depth and breadth of that beauty. We seek to offer everyday people from around the world a chance to see themselves and others in a way that many never have before.
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The phrase, "Beautiful Struggle", originated in a famous Martin Luther King Jr. speech entitled "Beyond Vietnam":

We must move past indecision to action. Now let us begin. Now let us rededicate ourselves to the long and bitter, but beautiful struggle for a new world. This is the calling of the sons of God, and our brothers wait eagerly for our response.

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BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE Creator takes Emory Alumni Back to Class in San Francisco

CLICK To Enlarge | More Info and Registration At: bit.ly/1tzTSQA 

Event title:   Back to Class: Emory in San Francisco

Event date:   November 15, 2014 9:30 AM  -  3:15 PM PT

Location:   
Parc 55 Wyndham San Francisco - Union Square 
55 Cyril Magnin St. 
San Francisco, CA 94102
 P: 415.392.8000

Description:

The coolest thing about being an adult is that you can learn about anything that interests you. There are no core classes or tests to worry about, no homework or deadlines - just insatiable curiosity about new subjects and current issues.

Emory is bringing its brightest and best scholars and faculty leaders to Parc 55 Wyndham San Francisco - Union Square with our "Back to Class: Emory in San Francisco" event. 

Faculty Speakers: 

 

Carlton Mackey 05T

Creator of Beautiful In Every Shade

Assistant Director of the D. Abbott Turner 
Program in Ethics and Servant Leadership
Emory University Center for Ethics

Beautiful in Every Shade: Looking at You, Discovering Me

In this engaging session, Carlton Mackey 05T will discuss how his idea to post an illustration he designed onto the internet evolved into a global dialogue about skin tone, sexuality, beauty, and the changing face of the "typical" American family. With striking images, candid stories from people all over the world, and reflections from Mackey's own narrative that began right here in San Francisco, this session will challenge you to think critically about self-identity, how it is formed, and how a deep dive into one's self may lead to startling revelations about one's connection to others.

Elena Conis

Associate Professor of History
Emory College of Arts and Science

To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate?

Vaccines and vaccination were once considered crowning achievements of modern medicine and public health, but in recent years they’ve become highly controversial. More and more parents stand accused of under-vaccinating their children and believing in vaccine conspiracy theories. Medical experts lament the rise of diseases previously well-controlled by vaccines, such as measles and whooping cough. This presentation uncovers the true origins of contemporary vaccine worries and reveals the real reasons why vaccination is such a contentious issue in modern times.

Peter Roberts

Professor of Organization & Management
Goizueta Business School

Accelerating Micro-Entrepreneurs in Low-Income Communities

Micro-entrepreneurs establish very small businesses that support themselves and their families, while collectively supplying a range of products and services, along with a sense of purpose and vitality to local economies. They also face serious challenges in low-income communities. Professor Roberts discusses why he believes that (1) it is critically important to cultivate microbusinesses in low-income communities; (2) there are promising micro-entrepreneurs living in these communities; and (3) we can indeed influence the business knowledge, networks and capital that that these micro-entrepreneurs need to succeed.
 

Doug Shipman 95C


Emcee

Doug Shipman 95C, president of the Emory Alumni Board, is the CEO of the new Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, prior to which he was a global consultant for Boston Consulting Group. Recognized by the press for his expertise and community contributions, Doug is frequently called upon to guest lecture at universities and provide insight to global institutions. With a longstanding commitment to service, Doug continues to take the lead in many philanthropic ventures and guide conversations about civil and human rights.

Diogo Anyigbo 10C 15M 15PH

Student Speaker

Chidiogo “Diogo” Anyigbo 10C, 15M, 15PH is a dual degree student who was born in Nigeria and grew up in Houston, TX. A member of the Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society, she graduated from Emory College in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience & Behavioral Biology. Diogo serves as the president of the Emory Pipeline Program, an interdisciplinary mentorship and health science education program for disadvantaged high school students.

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Olivia Jovais 10C
Sahiti Karempudi 05Ox 07C
Nicolai Lundy 09C
Robin Norvell 02C
Emma Rosenbluth 07C
Lori Schectel 96C
Farae Strickland 98C

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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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50 Shades of Latino: Capturing the Spectrum of Latino Identity

Photos and Mosaic by Carlton Mackey

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BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE™ partnered with Emory University's Gamma Nu Chapter of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. to present the first annual "50 Shades of Latino/50 Tonos de Latino".  The event served as the 8th official Open Photo Shoot of BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE™.

In a conversation moderated by Carlton Mackey and Natalie Delia, the gathering also included a discussions about the implications of skin color on Latino Identity as well as the spectrum of ways Latino and Hispanic are defined.

The "50 Shades of Latino: mosaic featuring all participants who identified as Latino was revealed by the ladies of Gamma Nu at "Beyond Tacos and Burritos", an annual event presented by the Latino Student Organization.  This event also included special guest Rebecca Kaplan, keynote speaker Gerard Borda, and performances by Emory Salsa Club.  These events were the highlights of this year Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration.

 Building Bridges. Carlton Mackey and Natalie Delia lead community discussion reflecting on identity formation in Black and Latino communities at the first annual "50 Shades of Latino" Event.

Building Bridges. Carlton Mackey and Natalie Delia lead community discussion reflecting on identity formation in Black and Latino communities at the first annual "50 Shades of Latino" Event.

  Gamma Nu Chapter of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Incorporated at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo by Carlton Mackey

Gamma Nu Chapter of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Incorporated at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo by Carlton Mackey

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New Mosaic with Over 300 Beautiful Atlanta Faces

CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE - Mosaic from the 7th BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE™ Open Photo Shoot at artDBF, the art and culture showcase of the Decatur Book Festival.  Over 250 People were photographed!

DOWNLOAD FREE PDF OF POSTER  |  DOWNLOAD FREE JPG OF POSTER | ORDER PRINTS

We are so proud to release our latest BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE ™ Mosaic. 

August 30, 2014 BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE ™ Co-Directors Carlton Mackey and Ross Oscar Knight brought the Signature Open Photo Shoot to art|DBF, the art and culture showcase within the AJC Decatur Book Festival.

A team of professional photographers including Breonca Trofort, Jeremiah Ojo, Elaine Oyzon-Mast, Michael Harris, Cliff Robinson, Jason Towns, and Ilene Rouamvongsor captured the beauty of over 250 festival goers, stimulated lively conversation, and promoted the campaigns message of celebrating diversity.

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The BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE ™ Open Photo Shoot  offers everyday people across the country a chance to see themselves in a way that many of them never have before.

As a way of engaging communities, schools, congregations, businesses and/or non-profits that want a way to celebrate difference we, and our network of professional photographers around the country, work together with you to host our Open Photo Shoots.

At the end of each shoot, our graphic designers create a mosaic like the one above and email a high resolution digital file of the mosaic to each of the participants.

Prints and Ready-to-Hang Posters also available for purchase!

Learn how you can >> HOST AN OPEN PHOTO SHOOT

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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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Over 300 Beautiful Atlanta Faces Photographed

BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE ™ brought its signature Open Photo Shoot to art|DBF, the art and culture showcase within the AJC Decatur Book Festival.  A team of professional photographers captured the beauty of over 300 festival goers, stimulated lively conversation, and promoted the campaigns message of celebrating diversity.

BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE ™ Co-Directors Carlton Mackey and Ross Oscar Knight also signed copies of their books "50 Shades of Black" and "In His Moment", both of which debuted at the festival.

50 Shades of Black uses the power of art and personal stories to explore the complex relationship between skin tone and sexuality in the formation of self-identity. 

In His Moment is a multi-cultural look at the wedding day from the perspective of the groom.  It is a collection of emotional stories and images from men across the globe captured by international photo-culturalist Ross Oscar Knight.

BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE ™ is a grassroots empowerment campaign and a signature clothing brand.

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Signature T Shirt at AfroPunk featured on Buzzfeed

31 Ridiculously Gorgeous People At Afropunk

This is just a smattering of the beautiful crowd at the Brooklyn-based music festival.

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 Ladies First.  No. 11 on the list...the incomparable Rachel Stewart.

Ladies First.  No. 11 on the list...the incomparable Rachel Stewart.

With these words, a series of seriously stylish and beautiful people were revealed on the Buzzfeed page curated by Tracy Clayton.  I bet when Chris Charles aka BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE featured artist AND, as fate would have it, designer (Creative Silence) of the bold graphic that graced his chest landed in Brooklyn to kick it with actor and brand ambassador Malik Yoba at AfroPunk he would have never known that he and his super regal partner would be featured on this list.  Neither would we.  But here you have it.

Beautiful...no wait...GORGEOUS...In Every Shade

Shirts available HERE

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Beautiful In Every Shade Awarded Grant for Family Project

 Carlton Mackey & Ross Oscar Knight all smiles after the One Region Atlanta Ideas Challenge Award Ceremony at Georgia Public Broadcasting

Carlton Mackey & Ross Oscar Knight all smiles after the One Region Atlanta Ideas Challenge Award Ceremony at Georgia Public Broadcasting

Typical American Families,  one of the two signature projects of the BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE Campaign, was awarded a grant by One Region Atlanta in an awards ceremony recorded at Georgia Public Broadcasting.

A $2,500 grant was presented to Carlton Mackey during the awards ceremony last month. Typical American Families will partner with Ross Oscar Knight Photography and several nonprofit organizations throughout the metro Atlanta area to implement their idea to bridge faith and culture through a photography exhibit, cultural dinner, and community dialogue. 

The One Region Atlanta Ideas Challenge asked residents of the Greater Atlanta region, “How would you use $5,000 to bridge cultures and faiths in your community?” A total of 12 semifinalists were selected based on creativity and innovation out of more than 150 entries. 

The semifinalists were invited to a workshop to help them improve their proposals, after which six finalists were selected to continue in the competition. Competitors created a video describing their idea and posted it to the One Region Atlanta Face Book page; public voting on the videos determined the top three winners.

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BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE Takes Over Afro Punk 2014: The Most Diverse Festival in the Country

 Photo by Chris Charles (Creative Silence) - On location at AfroPunk with BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE

Photo by Chris Charles (Creative Silence) - On location at AfroPunk with BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE

Reporting Live from AFROPUNK, Style Confidential joins Actor Malik Yoba (iconic32), the creator of BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE Carlton Mackey, and a team of BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE featured artists (Adrian Franks, Chris Charles, Rachel Stewart, and Dex R. Jones to spread its positive message and to find out:

"What does BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE mean to you?"

AFROPUNK is an influential community of young, gifted people of all backgrounds who speak through music, art, film, comedy, fashion and more. Originating with the 2003 documentary that highlighted a Black presence in the American punk scene, it is a platform for the alternative and experimental. Remaining at the core of its mission are the punk principles of DIY aesthetics, radical thought and social non-conformity. AFROPUNK is a voice for the unwritten, unwelcome and unheard-of. AFROPUNK is defining culture!

AFROPUNK has been deemed by some as the most diverse festival in the country.

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Typical American Families | One Region Atlanta Ideas Challenge Finalist

 Original Posting from One Region Atlanta Blog at  www.oneregionatlanta.org/announcing-the-top-6-ideas-challenge-finalists/

Original Posting from One Region Atlanta Blog at www.oneregionatlanta.org/announcing-the-top-6-ideas-challenge-finalists/

On behalf of One Region Atlanta, an initiative of The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, we want to thank the semi-finalists, community experts, judges and volunteers who participated in the Ideas Workshop! We received nearly 200 ideas from across the metro Atlanta area – all from individuals who want to make a difference in their community to build bridges across cultures and faiths. We are now proud to announce the top six (6) finalists that stood out to the judges as those that had the most potential for impact, sustainability and bridge-building:

*        Casey Jones, Bridging Collegiate Interfaith Communities

*        Shannon Willow, Clarkston Art Collaboration

*        Aleathia Muhammad, Let’s Go Fly a Kite

*        Carlton Mackey, Typical American Families

*        Babba Jaden, Faiths Enlightened

*        Jody Leonard, Celebrating Culture through the Arts- for local public school children

ALL the ideas submitted were great and truly reflective of the heart and dedication of Greater Atlanta to make our region a better place! We hope you all will continue to follow the progress of the Ideas Challenge and vote for the top six (6) videos when they are posted in late June. Thank you so much for your participation and support of this community wide effort to make Atlanta a place where race, culture, and faith are embrace and valued!

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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

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BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE Holds Diversity Conversation in Slovenia

 WE ARE BEAUTIFUL - Knight poses with group after 2 hour diversity conversation in Sovenia's capital city.

WE ARE BEAUTIFUL - Knight poses with group after 2 hour diversity conversation in Sovenia's capital city.

Ross Oscar Knight, Director of International Initiatives for BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE just completed a 2 hour roundtable with a diverse group of intellectuals in the capital of Slovenia - Ljubljani.

The group discussed Shade-ism and what it means to them to be BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE.

"It was fascinating to hear their perspectives not only about Slovenia but also about Mali, Zimbabwe, Iran, Israel, Turkey, Italy, UK and more," Knight said.
Several statements really stood out during our recorded session:

  • "The first itme I saw a black person I was 14 years old. I took a picture of him and I put it on my wall. It is still on my wall."
  • "Slovenia is my motherland but I am more comforatble outside of it."
  • "My family taught me when I was younger that blackness is ugly."

 More to come about this developing story

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BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE to participate in 2014 artDBF - AJC Decatur Book Festival

In 2013, AJCDBF launched art|DBF, an arts and culture showcase within the AJC Decatur Book Festival. art|DBF recognizes that a vibrant, creative, and economically thriving community can be achieved by elevating the visibility of the arts—literary, visual, and performing; increasing accessibility, public involvement, and attendance; and working to ensure the long-term sustainability of arts organizations.

art|DBF celebrates that storytelling, the sharing of new ideas, the creation of characters, and the transportation of audiences to places both real and imagined happens in the pages of a book, but also in the museum, on the stage, in film and video, in the studio, in the concert hall, on public streets and on the walls of buildings, and everywhere else you find artists and creators working.

In 2014, art|DBF will once again present a diverse group of artists and arts organizations who will actively engage our imaginations through stories, artist talks, installations, film, visual art, photography, and musical, dance and theatrical performances, in order to connect our citizens with the arts and cultural opportunities in Decatur and throughout Atlanta.

More info at artdbf.com

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE & ANNOUNCEMENTS COMING SOON

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EMORY Report: Shades of Beauty-From Dialogue to Movement

 Screen capture of Emory Report (Emory University) Headline Coverage of BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE

Screen capture of Emory Report (Emory University) Headline Coverage of BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE

What began for Carlton Mackey as a photographic exploration of race, skin tone, sexuality, beauty, and identity is growing into something bigger — a movement that may be expanding in international directions.

In the past year, Mackey broadened the project, inviting the public to attend a series of open photo shoots images meant to celebrate beauty in all its forms. Some 400 photographs later, the images have become a catalyst for "Beautiful In Every Shade" (BIES), what he refers to as the project's "signature empowerment campaign" dedicated to affirming and spreading beauty.

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