My hair changes each day, so I look unique everyday. Sometimes change is frustrating, other times it’s awesome, but embracing that versatility has helped me develop a better sense of self. Folks have suggested that I straighten my hair for special events, jobs, etc. as if straightening my hair would make me look better. However, I KNOW I look my best when I rock my fro.  God intended for my hair to be as it is, and that’s all the confirmation I need. 

Dorian is the fourth person in our series:

THE FRO IS MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD:
Your Photos. Your Hair. Your Voice.

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The High Five - The Day a Brother Invented the World’s Most Famous Salute.

Have you ever reached your hand high in the air for an awesome High Five?  Ever wondered who was the “first” to do it?  Well, in this amazing documentary you’ll learn a lot more than you ever thought you could in 10 minutes about the high 5, baseball history, and the first openly gay athlete in any major sport…and no he isn’t Jason Collins.  

The High Five - The Legacy of Glenn Burke.



50 Shades of Black examines Sexuality and Skin Tone in the Formation of Identity.


The High Five - The Day a Brother Invented the World’s Most Famous Salute.

Have you ever reached your hand high in the air for an awesome High Five?  Ever wondered who was the “first” to do it?  Well, in this amazing documentary you’ll learn a lot more than you ever thought you could in 10 minutes about the high 5, baseball history, and the first openly gay athlete in any major sport…and no he isn’t Jason Collins.  

The High Five - The Legacy of Glenn Burke.



In January 50 Shades of Black reported how Lupita Nyong’o dazzled in Dazed and Confused Magazine spread.  Inspired by that shoot, 50 Shades of Black featured artist and photographer of our BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE Open Photo Shoot on the campus of Emory University, Breonca Trofort, shot this amazing spread published by Afro Style Magazine.

On her Blog Trofort reflects:

Playing off of [Lupita’s] editorial, I wanted to do a male fashion shoot focusing on the contrast of the elements of color, found in the make up, wardrobe, background, and prop choice. Yesterday, I had the opportunity to execute this concept “Lessons in Colour” with a collaborative effort from an amazing team consisting of African Model Kwabena Agyemang, MUA Danielle M, and Wardrobe Stylist Dallas.



Check out the featured spread by Breonca Trofort in the latest Afro Style Magazine

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In January 50 Shades of Black reported how Lupita Nyong’o dazzled in Dazed and Confused Magazine spread.  Inspired by that shoot, 50 Shades of Black featured artist and photographer of our BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE Open Photo Shoot on the campus of Emory University, Breonca Trofort shot this amazing spread published by Afro Style Magazine.

websiteOn her Trofort reflects:

Playing off of [Lupita’s] editorial, I wanted to do a male fashion shoot focusing on the contrast of the elements of color, found in the make up, wardrobe, background, and prop choice. Yesterday, I had the opportunity to execute this concept “Lessons in Colour” with a collaborative effort from an amazing team consisting of African Model Kwabena Agyemang, MUA Danielle M, and Wardrobe Stylist Dallas.


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Check out the featured spread by Breonca Trofort in the latest Afro Style Magazine


Today Ross Oscar Knight interviewed Mayor Peter Bossman of Piran, Slovenia. Slovenia, part of the former Yugoslavia, was the first country to gain its independence in 1991. Now part of the European Union, the country received ample media attention after Bossman was elected its first black mayor in 2010. The interview details the story of how Bossman fled Ghana in 1977 and eventually settled in Slovenia to become a doctor. Bossman and his wife are parents of two biracial daughters. During the discussion Bossman speaks of pride in his African heritage and how he has balanced his identity with Slovenian culture. 

More on this story from 50 Shades of Black.


Sister at the Farmer’s Market? Are we related?

On my weekly retreat to the farmer’s market to collect fresh fruits and vegetables, I heard a woman whispering behind me. “Wow. He has pretty eyes. I bet those two are brother and sister.” I turned around and saw this woman (Jocelyn) standing with some of her relatives. We smiled casually and then shared a defining moment that many light-skinned African Americans face. For some reason, if your eyes are blue and your hair is red/brown/blonde and you have African American features then we are all supposed to be related? Its like we are an anomaly or something. 

I’ll admit, I had Jocelyn take off her glasses so that I could examine her face further. We share lots of the same features but we are not related. I found out that Jocelyn was young enough to be my daughter! 

So then we did a test. I selected two darker-skinned individuals at random with similar features and I said, “You must be related.” They asked me why would I think that. I told them because their skin tone was similar and I noticed features that looked generational. The two people rolled their eyes and went separate ways. Jocelyn and I got a laugh out of that.

- Ross Oscar Knight
(Director of International Initiatives)





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My daughter is eleven. And like most eleven year olds, she loves all those Disney channel sit-drams (yeah I call them sit-drams as opposed to sit-coms because the situations these tweens are dealing with on those shows is more complicated than my actual adult life). But I…