Ubuntu Talks is a platform that shares the stories and experiences of black individuals.
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CROWNING explores the symbolism and histories that are delicately tied into the folds of head wraps. This project recognizes these cloths as emblems that have been present on the heads of black people throughout history.
On May 2, 1973, Black Panther Assata Shakur (aka JoAnne Chesimard) lay in a hospital, close to death, handcuffed to her bed, while local, state, and federal police attempted to question her about the shootout on the New Jersey Turnpike that had claimed the life of a white state trooper.
Ubuntu is an ancient African philosophy that involves compassion, human virtue and community. Loosely translated, it means:
"I am what I am, because of who we are"
Ubuntu Talks is a space where we may practice the philosophy of Ubuntu. This is a platform that strives to create positive representations of black bodies in the media. In an effort to challenge existing negative representations of black bodies circulated in the media, Ubuntu Talks also showcases and celebrates these black bodies by exploring various identities and sharing people’s experiences with the world. The content on this platform includes videos, written text, book recommendations and art.
The term ‘body policing’ can be described as “the informal practice of policing one's physical appearance because it does not conform to social norms, or is not deemed appropriate for a particular setting.” This act is experienced by both men and women, and it reflects the ways that society views our bodies. Body policing has negative impacts on our society because it makes us feel as though we do not have power over our own bodies; We cannot dress and look the way we want. Rather, we must live within the set norms and abide to the rules of society. Resisting the pressures of conforming to the norm requires amounts of confidence and self-love. This results in people with individual styles and appearances, who understand, love and respect themselves
This page features individuals who have worked, and continue to work, against negative and controlling comments of body policing.
Creative Direction: Ubuntu Talks
Photography: Kirubel Mehari
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