Ubuntu Talks is a platform that strives to create positive representations of black bodies in the media. Initially created as a YouTube channel, it has grown and developed into a space of community and sharing. This platform showcases and celebrates blackness by exploring various identities and experiences with the world.

As part of this exploration, Ubuntu Talks presents BEING – a photography series that observes the skin, bodies, and hair of various black individuals in Montreal. In Hair, the bond that exists between black women and their hairstylist is observed. Hair acts as a sort of bridge that connects these two women. As theblack woman gets her hair done, she reveals parts of herself that are scarcely seen elsewhere. Skin focuses on the journeys that people take to find the products that work best for their skin. The intention of this project is to open up spaces where we can talk about our skin types, as well as the different skincare products that we use. Finally, Body explores the ways in which control is exercised over our bodies in society. Body policing is experienced by both men and women, and it involves the ways that our physical appearances are judged once they do not conform to social norms.

Ubuntu Talks would like to thank everyone who collaborated on this project, as well  as the creative team that made BEING a reality.

This team includes:

Photographer – Kirubel Mehari

Videographer – Jackie Batsinduka

Videographer – Afoali Ngwakum