The Self Publication—a collection of photography and personal essays designed to uplift and combat the harsh stereotypes associated with men and women in the Black Community. The project is also a traveling exhibit and video series.
The project was also created to analyze the role of media representations. According to studies, some stereotypes have been activated so frequently (for example, through media exposure) that associated responses can begin to occur unconsciously. Regardless of whether individuals choose to accept a stereotype, if they simply do not consciously recognize and analyze the representations being offered, then such images can influence the ways that they perceive and interact with the groups being stereotyped—for instance, African American women.
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