“While studying journalism, I noticed an absence of Black stories, an erasure of the richness and complexity of Black life. When stories about blackness did appear, they featured depictions of violence, disadvantage, and the occasional success story implicating Black accomplishment was somehow surprising. The lack of narrative diversity created a subconscious internalization: Black journalists must be as absent as Black stories.” – Maya Valentine
Simmons University sent its first delegation to the National Association of Black Journalist Convention, in Miami. And what better way to commemorate this special event, than with a photoshoot! All of the subjects- including the dean, a professor, three students, and one alum, brought such good energy that it was easy to capture great portraits of each!
Publication: Simmons University Magazine
Art Direction: Robert Parsons of Seven Elm
Article by: Maya Valentine
Photography: Sonya Revell
Photo Assistant: Jester Valdivia