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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

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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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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.

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