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Emory University Students 'Eat and Engage' with BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE™ Creator

Emory University Senior and Resident Advisor Farida Bana invited BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE™ Creator Carlton Mackey to engage with Complex Hall residents in their 'Eat and Engage' series.

The group explored the possibilities of what can happen in the world when people take the risk to see themselves and each person they encounter as beautiful.

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BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE™ Creator works with Emory University student to bring 'Vision In Action'

Emory University student Shanice Kellman works with BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE™ creator as she develops her new Beautiful Flaws project for 'Vision In Action'. Photo by Breonca Trofort.

Emory University student Shanice Kellman works with BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE™ creator as she develops her new Beautiful Flaws project for 'Vision In Action'. Photo by Breonca Trofort.

'Vision in Action' fellowships cultivate student ideas for social change

By Kimber Williams | Emory Report | March 19, 2015


Projects arise from unexpected moments and places. Shanice Kellman, a junior majoring in sociology and media studies, was inspired to apply for a 2014-2015 VIA Fellowship after observing her 6-year-old cousin playing with dolls.

“I kept hearing her say that her black doll wasn’t pretty,” Kellman recalls. “If she didn’t think her black doll was pretty, how did she feel about herself?”

The child’s words weighed on her. “As a black woman, the one-dimensional images we see in the media are always something I’ve been cognizant of and wanted to address,” she says. “Going into my project, I knew I wanted to do something to support a more diverse definition of beauty.”

Through VIA, she’s had the chance to do just that, working with Carlton Mackey, director of Emory’s Ethics and the Arts program, adjunct professor of African American studies, and curator of the multi-media project, “Beautiful in Every Shade” — an experience made richer by readings that have deepened her understanding of class, race and media.

“It couldn’t have been more perfect,” she says. “I had no confidence going into this and he offered me an emotional foundation.”

This spring, Kellman is preparing to launch her “Beautiful Flaws” campaign, a week-long multi-media event that emphasizes that “beauty can come in all kinds of different shapes and sizes.”

“My project is coming to life right now,” she says. “It’s been an amazing year.”



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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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Amma Asante: Seeing Myself In Belle - Exclusive Interview (Part 2)

Belle Movie Director opens up about the connection of the film to her personal life, her bi-cultural identity, and why art is a power resource for inspiring positive social change in the world in exclusive interview with 50 Shades of Black Co-Director Ross Oscar Knight. http://www.50shadesofblack.com

50 Shades of Black is committed to using the power of art and personal stories to explore the complex relationship between skin tone and sexuality in the formation of identity. Through collaborations with visual artists, scholars, and the general public, this project hopes to offer a deeper & more nuanced understanding the diverse spectrum of black identity. It is in the recognition of this diversity that 50 Shades of Black acknowledges the historical ways in which race and gender have been constructed and the role that and skin tone and sexuality play in shaping the way we engage the world, how we perceive beauty, and our own self-worth.
50 Shades of Black is one of four signature projects of the BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE™ Campaign - http://www.beautifulineveryshade.com

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Exclusive Interview with Amma Asante: CNN Woman of the Year, Belle Movie Director (Part 1)

Amma Asante: 2014 CNN Woman of the Year and Director of Award Winning Film, Belle, sat down with 50 Shades of Black Co-Director Ross Oscar Knight to discuss her inspiration to create one of the highest grossing independent films of the year, why she cast Gugu Mbatha-Raw to play the leading role, and the film's connections to her own life. 

50 Shades of Black is a signature project of BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE

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

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Event title:   Back to Class: Emory in San Francisco

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

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


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


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.

Back to Class: Emory in San Francisco
Host Committee

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