Kanya Kun-ya- meaning beautiful Ebony in Hausa

I started this project to showcase the beauty of the black woman in different colors, shapes, and sizes. After working with a couple families I realized that the pictures I've captured told a bigger story. A story of strength and perseverance. A story of tribes of women raising kings that the world wants to destroy and queens the world wants to turn into statistics. Every portrait of every woman you'll see has a story a deep story no matter what age.

Black Woman ('Blak wum' en)

1. A Female, a human being of African decent

2. Subject to extreme abuse and oppression based upon inaccurate or faulty (racist) perception of inferiority by the oppressor.

3. Scientific: Mother of civilization; one from whom all life comes fourth.

4. One who subscribes and practices thoughts and deeds which promote unity among people of color.

Synonyms: wife, mother, sister. leader. teacher, warrior

Adjectives: Strong, intelligent, beautiful, compassionate, tireless

"My blackness does not inhibit me from being beautiful and intelligent. In fact it is the reason I am beautiful and intelligent. And you can not stop me." -Amanda Stenberg

Mother says there are locked rooms inside all women, kitchen of love, bedroom of grief, bathroom of apathy. Sometimes, the men, the come with keys, and sometimes the men they come with hammers. -Warsan Shire

"You have a right to the universe. you are given that right simply by being born" -Shonda Rhimes

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