50 Shades of Black, the collaborative artistic and scholarly project exploring issues of race, sex and identity, announces free e-book publication and Open Photo Shoot.

Atlanta, Georgia – April 16, 2013 – 50 Shades of Black, the recently launched multi-disciplinary art project, is proud to announce the launch of its free e-book. The beautifully designed e-book features scholarly, artistic and personal contributions from people of color worldwide, including noted Atlanta artist, Fahamu Pecou, and Assistant Professor of African Studies at Drexel University, Dr. Yaba Blay.

The Atlanta community is encouraged to join 50 Shades of Black on Sunday, April 21st at its inaugural Open Photo Shoot to become a part of the movement! Participants will enjoy a free photo shoot courtesy of celebrated photographer Ross Oscar Knight. Participants will receive a free copy of their photo, as well as have the photo considered for possible inclusion in upcoming 50 Shade of Black projects.

Founded by Carlton Mackey, visual artist and Director of the Ethics & the Arts Initiative at the Emory University Center for Ethics, 50 Shades of Black is 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 what diversity means. It is in the recognition of this diversity that 50 Shades of Black acknowledges the historical role that race and skin tone have played in shaping the way we engage the world, how we perceive beauty, and our own self worth.

The 33-page free e-book, which is a preview to the 120-page coffee table book, “50 Shades of Black: The Conversation,” is available for download on the 50 Shades of Black website and iTunes.

The 50 Shades of Black Open Photo Shoot will take place on Sunday, April 21st from 1 to 4PM at Knight Studio, Studioplex, Studio G3, 659 Auburn Ave, Atlanta, GA 30312. This event is free and open to the public. Participants must RSVP online at: . For more info regarding the Photo Shoot, please call 404-313-0875.

About 50 Shades of Black
50 Shades of Black is a multi-faceted platform for creating an interactive global dialogue around issues of race, skin tone, sexuality and identity. Exploring these themes through visual art, literature, curated blogs, and educational curriculums, 50 Shades of Black aims to explore the ways in which our individual experiences of race give rise to the formation of our unique and often conflicting identities. For more information, please visit:

Carlton Mackey