Displaying the glow of black and brown women...

I have never seen a 12-month calendar that only contains black, positive faces. But, there are annual calendars for sale in stores like Walmart and Target filled with the “perfect photos.” You know a Caucasian mom and dad, a son, a daughter, and a little dog—huddled together, cheesing hard behind a white picket fence. These types of calendars have been around for as long as I can remember, with primarily white families as the focal point, supposedly displaying a perfect life and the “American Dream.”
But now in 2020, it’s a different day. And, I’m proud to say my desk calendar displays an “African-American Woman’s Dream,” which can be found in the Glow Photo series 2020 calendar. It’s filled with candid shots of African-American women of beautiful brown shades, and all different shapes, and sizes.

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I just want to leave a legacy for little girls who look like me to know that loving yourself gives you the ability to truly love others. With that power, and what you are passionate about, [you] can change the world. My art activism is to encourage creativity.”

-Courtney Brooks

At one point, the ArtsXchange's Jack Sinclair Gallery Curator, Visual Artist and Art Instructor Courtney Brooks resembled the same little girls she hopes to one day inspire.

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In the game of chess the queen can move across the board any way she sees fit. It might be straight forward when she comes at you directly with no small talk and lets you know what time it is.
Her approach could be diagonal when she moves right pass a barrier in order to get the job done. Sometimes she has to take a step backward return to the drawing board, and re-evaluate the plan. 

No matter her direction, every step she takes, every move she makes is calculated and premeditated.

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Comfortable in her own skin. Her flaws are purposely revealed on camera for the world to see, and her presentation includes no obvious filters.

I instantly noticed natural black hair with no real formation; pretty dark skin with an occasional trace of acne here and there, no body briefer or any direct restraint to make this black woman appear to be smaller and “in tact.” Instead you get a raw, authentic Nigerian-American woman who looks like someone you may know personally. The self-image that she displays is awe-inspiring, and conveys a message that she has all creative control.

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