50 Shades of Black Tribute to John Carlos feat on Carlos' Official Website

  The goal of this photo shoot was to honor this iconic act with a unique creative twist. Shakira both as Carlos and as Smith embraced the singular power of those two men in that defining moment in 1968 while simultaneously acknowledging the same potential for inspiration that is possible through black women today.

 

The goal of this photo shoot was to honor this iconic act with a unique creative twist. Shakira both as Carlos and as Smith embraced the singular power of those two men in that defining moment in 1968 while simultaneously acknowledging the same potential for inspiration that is possible through black women today.

We are so honored to have the concept photo shoot with our friend Shakira featured on the official webpage for Dr. John Carlos!  

According to his website: October 16 marks the forty-fifth anniversary of the day two young athletes brought protest to that most unlikely of places: the Olympic Games.

This entire shoot and tribute was a collaborative effort and would not have been possible without Shakira herself, her husband Brooks Pollard, Kari Mackey who sourced and styled the shoot, and  Chevon Dominique who did an amazing job with the makeup.

We honor the legacy of John Carlos and are humbled by the decision to include this tribute on his official webpage.  Special thanks to Mark Stoddart at L.I.W.I. the acronym for LIVE IT WEAR IT -a Toronto based clothing company with a vision to create a brand representative of an individual’s journey to strive for their passion, dreams, and desires.    L.I.W.I. creates the official John Carlos 68 shirt worn below.

Posted on October 24, 2013 and filed under activism, history, personal stories, press.