50 Shades of Black (and Brown) - New Partnerships Foster Global Dialogue

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50 Shades of Black is proud to announce its new partnerships with Not Fair Still Lovely, an online platform aimed at changing the perception in the Indian community of color-prejudiced beauty standards defined by the billion dollar fairness cream industry.

Recognizing the global influence of skin tone in shaping identity, our partnership acknowledges and supports the mission of each organization and our efforts to foster a rich dialogue and open the door for communication between diverse communities. As part of this partnership, Tanya Pereira creator of Not Fair Still Lovely will be a featured blogger on 50 Shades of Black offering an authentic voice and a culturally distinct perspective.

 

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We are also proud to be featured at the 2nd Annual Garba Night: Dance to End World Poverty presented by H.O.P.E. (Helping Organizations & People Everywhere), an organization with a mission of hosting community based events open to all to raise funds to then donate to various charities and causes.  Garba is a traditional Indian folk dance performed by men and women typically in brightly colored fabrics and sparkling jewelry.

50 Shades of Black will also partner with Photography by Vinod to capture images for is growing repository of images of people from across the country for its open photo shoot campaign.  

 

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As a way of engaging local communities, 50 Shades of Black establishes partnerships between photographers around the country to host "50 Shades of Black Open Photo Shoots".  These photos shoots are free and open to the public and provide people from all walks of life an opportunity to be professionally photographed.  Our goal through this partnership is to offer everyday people a chance to see their natural selves in a way that many of them never have before.  Through this we hope connect with our local communities in meaningful ways and to promote a positive and healthy sense of self image and worth for our participants.

 

50 Shades of Black affirms the beauty found in all human beings while being committed to exploring the complex relationship between race, skin tone, sexuality, and the formation of self-identity. Through collaborations with visual artists, scholars and the general public, this project hopes to offer a deeper understanding of and appreciation for what diversity means. 

Thank you for supporting each of these organizations.

Posted on September 18, 2013 and filed under activism, art, community, race, skin tone.