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Photographer captures beauty of African American women

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Jerry Taliaferro is the author of “Women of a New Tribe: A Photographic Celebration of the Black Woman” The preface says it all:

“African-American females have had a very difficult history: from slavery to racism to poverty. Although slavery has been abolished in this country, and we are working on eradicating racism and poverty, in the 21st Century, African-American females face one of the most difficult hurdles we have ever had to face: a severe lack of self-respect.

“We have allowed the media to make us believe that we must have straight hair, light skin, thin bodies and European features to be considered beautiful. This book is not only an opportunity to reaffirm to all black women that we are ‘fearfully and wonderfully made by God,’ but also an opportunity for everyone to see the emotions and beauty Jerry Taliaferro wrought through his camera lens.”-Cheryl A.M. Waymer, mother and model, as excerpted from the foreword of “Women of a New Tribe: A Photographic Celebration of the Black Woman.”

Why the book?  According to the West Point graduate and former military special forces officer, he was struck by the fact that, “Very little attention had been paid to the beauty of the black woman. The black woman was almost invisible.”

More words by Taliaferro:
These beautiful women have always been around us. They are our wives, mothers, sisters, daughters and friends. We can see the beauty in them if [we] just try. Perhaps in seeing their beauty, we will come to see what makes a woman truly beautiful… Just maybe we will come to understand that real beauty is more than that which can be seen. Real beauty is that which lifts us, real beauty touches our hearts.”

You can get the book online at Amazon here. Check your local bookstores as well.

Read more at: Frost Illustrated


Written by Symphony

December 18, 2007 at 12:54 pm

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  1. that’s so odd to read. i know for me personally, black women are some of the most beautiful.


    December 18, 2007 at 1:54 pm

  2. Yes, we are beautiful but that doesn’t translate into ads, TV, movies, magazines, “most beautiful lists”, etc.


    December 19, 2007 at 1:56 pm

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