The evening of Monday, February 25, 2019, She, In The Making & Maison St. James hosted Bumble’s “At The Table” event, celebrating the numerous accomplishments of black women throughout U.S. History and in our own community.
During Black History Month, Bumble wanted to not only pay tribute to these amazing women, but to also share their stories. I was so excited to partner with Bumble on this event, not only through planning it and bringing these amazing Dallas women of color together, but also to photograph and commemorate the event. Our aim was for these stories to inspire action to help empower and equip the Bumble community to bring about positive social change in their own lives and to recognize & celebrate the important work of the black women in Dallas and beyond.
I brought together twenty plus African American women at BREDA Studio, a watch company centered around being free to express point of view through design, for a night of community and commemoration. Maison Saint James created a delicious and beautiful array of food and beverage for the women to enjoy over conversation, including flower topped guava mimosas served in Bumble champagne glasses, veggie Caribbean patties, and African proteas and monstera leaves garnishing the table. Meanwhile, amidst laughter and connections being formed, a custom selection of “Black Girl Magic” music played and I engaged each attendee in my special portrait series “FRAMED”.
“FRAMED” is a photo series that aims to tell a story of the African American community, framed by the community themselves. The image of black women and men has consistently been framed by the media, the political system, the criminal justice system, and the majority at large. This series was a step into a different direction — of reframing our own identities; of holding up the frame for our sisters and brothers, shedding light onto the vibrance, strength, and beauty of who we are — our hair, our skin, our creativity, our ancestry, our heritage.
Each woman had her moment in the spotlight, adorned with a crown, while either framing herself, or having two other sisters holding up the frame for her. The women were asked a series of questions to frame themselves, that spoke to their strengths, their character, and their passions. A number of the women’s responses are detailed below alongside their “FRAMED” portrait from the event.
This project was such a joy for me. making space for black women to feel seen, loved, and celebrated is a whole love language for me. & i'm expectant for my next opportunity.