Pick Progress is one of the many amazing projects highlighting the trials and triumphs of being Black. Here are a few related works that equally deserve your attention.
Creator Matthew A. Cherry delivers Hair Love, a 7 minute animated short film that centers around the relationship between an African-American father, Stephen, his daughter, Zuri and her hair. The film won an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.
Define Beauty is a video series by Nowness looking at the provocation and politics of attraction. Visual Artist Rhea Dillon contributes with “Process,” an exploration of what it means to plan and manage hair as a Black person. The five-minute film is sensory experience to a key Black ritual.
Online magazine The Root shares an op-ed video from U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley about her experiments with different hairstyles and textures. From locs to wigs to hair loss, Pressley reveals a powerful tale about the politics of Black hair. “It’s about self-agency. It’s about power. It’s about acceptance.” says Pressley.
In 2018, Artist Deun Ivory produced “the body: a home for love,” a visual storytelling series that explores the narrative of black women who have endured sexual abuse as a result of patriarchy. This amazing project has bloomed into a non profit that provides a healing space for black sexual assault survivors.
56 Black Men is a campaign confronting the negative portrayal of black men within the media and public. Creative Cephas Williams photographs 56 Black men in hoodies to “serve as a reminder that for every black man you see represented doing something negative, there are 56 of us that aren’t.”
Artist and media critic Alexandra Bell interrogates the way the media shapes and spreads information, especially how it impacts our perception of minorities. Bell uses redaction, omission, annotation, and text editing to alter news articles, thus highlighting problematic techniques used in journalism.
For Black History Month 2020, HuffPost released a project aimed to untangle conversations about Black hair, called “Black Hair Defined.” The multimedia project celebrates stories of self-invention and highlights the variety in Black hairstyles.