This movement is very important to me because it represents a symbol of hope the average afro African youth. Its a platform by which voices would be heard and provoke an awakening of change bringing about a call to action. Being a visual art Director i use my unique talents and Art as means of sparking a call to social reform in the society.
I'm proud of my heritage because I'm proud of my heritage because of its unique cultural difference and diversity. My roots are second to none deep rooted within the values of hardwork, perseverance, leadership and Service to mankind.
Biggest misconception people haveThat Black culture is filled and embattled with poverty, illiteracy, poor leadership and corruption.
Why do you think Diversity matters?Diversity should matter because this brings out and further illustrates that Unity is who we are and divided we fall. The younger coming up generation should know and have a diverse knowledge of their roots, culture and individual diversified heritage.
I’ve seen people been treated less human because they didn’t look like how a particular group was and made them feel less of themselves. Hindering them from becoming what they wish to be.
I'm proud of my heritage because The only race I know is human
I am someone who has spent a vast amount of time in countries where being a minority race is faced with negativity and racism, I have also spent a vast amount of time in countries where you are faced with Xenophobia. Having experienced both, I spent a lot of time trying to prove that i am not those stereotypes or misconceptions. As much as its a tedious and sometimes futile task to do, It important for me to show that there is more to my race than stereotypes or there is more to my country than its negative representation.
I'm proud of my heritage because It is what bonds us with one another. There is a beautiful strength in individualism but there is also beautiful strength in the shared values and cultures, that make us uniquely united.
Biggest misconception people haveIs that Africa has no space for Art and no space for expression through various creative mediums. This couldn't be further from the truth. Our heritage through patterns, through sculptures, through tribal stories, are art, they are expression. We should embrace and acknowledge that.
Why do you think Diversity matters?Diversity Matters because it teaches us to understand and accept the way people choose to represent themselves. Whether its representation through their heritage, their culture or their own personal beliefs. We become less judgmental of others and more understanding and accepting of who they are.
It is an experience within myself, that afro is the fountain and foundation of humanity.
I'm proud of my heritage because If the Divine sent me here to be part of such an heritage and vast cultures. I have to own it and be proud of it.
Biggest misconception people haveIs that we are all so different as human beings. And that our social identity is our real identity
Why do you think Diversity matters?Diversity matters because it is a way to appreciate everyone's uniqueness without having anyone feel inferior or like an out cast. It also throws more light on the fact that everyone cannot and can never be the same and it's totally fine that way.
The reflection of me inspiring me and the masses
I'm proud of my heritage because The drive to preserve and stay rooted despite the western influences in our society. The ability to us the present resources to educate and practise our culture.
Biggest misconception people haveis that Namibia is primitive. ,This is due to the only content you see of Namibia mostly includes the Himba, the SAN people and the wild animals
Why do you think Diversity matters?when it comes to visual content it is vital that all different people are represented in different formats. Diversity is an element of education. The more knowledge we consume of different cultures and people the more empires we become.
Even though I don't have the experience of being black in a predominantly white or other racial group, I know what it means to feel inferior for being the only kid in glasses, the only skinny one, the effeminate one etc. Empathy is lacking because of lack of representation. If there's that, people will be forced to look through the lens of individuals that may have never been considered.
I'm proud of my heritage because Because it's that which qualifies the roots of my blackness
Biggest misconception people haveBlack isn't quality
Why do you think Diversity matters?Because it gives room for every human to own their identity without having to feel inferior for it.
I have come across many instances and I think what we didn’t realize is that our acceptance of this word “black,” was and continues to be our ultimate weakness, and as a result we are viewed worldwide as nothing more than the spineless, soul forsaken, helpless . I believe in change and it takes only our voices to make a difference.
I'm proud of my heritage because Our beautiful culture and peaceful atmosphere with hospitable people.
Biggest misconception people haveThat Africa can't develop without the help of others.
Why do you think Diversity matters?It breeds uniqueness and difference
I am in a foundation called Kelly and friends foundation de little we get we go to donate to the orphans
I'm proud of my heritage because Because I love Africa
Biggest misconception people haveTo help the orphans
Why do you think Diversity matters?Because Africa we are one people and we need to love each other no matter how u find ur self
I believe letting people know who we are will enlighten their perception about us.
I'm proud of my heritage because Black is how I look , African is who I am💪
Biggest misconception people havePeople think Africans are poor people
Why do you think Diversity matters?Because nothing is permanent
I'm a teacher and some years back , I had a student in my class who was from Australia and before she went back to Australia she told me She was glad to be here ( in Ghana)and it's nothing like what she was told/the pictures she had in mind about Ghana.
I'm proud of my heritage because It gives me a sense of identity
Biggest misconception people have...wearing your African kinky hair doesn't make you confident.
Why do you think Diversity matters?It prevents monotony and gives a wide range of perspectives
An experience that moved me as an Afro descendant was reading the autobiography of Assata Shakur, a former black panther and revolutionary activist. She explained so eloquently the black experience through her life's journey that made me aware of the problems we're up against and the systems in place to keep us oppressed.
I'm proud of my heritage because Im proud to be a black woman because of the resilience my ancestors fought with for me to live in the freedom that I do today. I come from a long line of fighters. My pride is in understanding the beauty of those who came before me and those I stand with today.
Biggest misconception people haveThe biggest misconception people have is that blackness is monolithic. Black culture spans as wide as the ocean. The narrow view of blackness leads to misconceptions and perpetuates negative stereotypes of African American culture.
Why do you think Diversity matters?Diversity matters because perception is reality for most. When cultures are underrepresented, it is to elude that they don't exist, or matter. Diversity in all places will give us a better understanding of our fellow man as a whole.
My mission is to capture the complexities, hopes and everyday realities of Africans and people of African descent; to produce content that helps to demystify the "dark continent"
I'm proud of my heritage because My heritage is the foundation of my existence as an African woman.
Biggest misconception people have"People in the United States [the West] still have a ‘Tarzan’ movie view of Africa. That’s because in the movies all you see are jungles and animals . . . We [too] watch television and listen to the radio and go to dances and fall in love.” Miriam Makeba
Why do you think Diversity matters?The east and southern African principle of UBUNTU (I am because we are) captures the essence of diversity in humanity. Diversity brings together all the colors, textures, shapes and voices for a thriving ecosystem. Look at nature, diversity is what makes it beautiful. More importantly, it is what makes it lasts.
I believe a man cannot just rise up to be great on his own without any help from his fellow kin. I believe everyone can make a difference if they come together and agree.
I'm proud of my heritage because I'm proud of my heritage because it is also my fundamental right. It is my culture, it is my belief, it is what makes me who I am today, it is my identity, and I don't think anyone can ever take it from me.
Biggest misconception people haveThat we are full of evil intents
Why do you think Diversity matters?It matters because it brings together different cultures, traditions, ideas and practices that are unlike your own and creates a stronger bond between them that ends up become something greater.
A couple of decades ago I visited a place in eastern Europe where I felt like a curious attraction. The attention was not hostile, and people were mostly kind but they could not hide their surprise, and wondering eyes followed me everywhere, accompanied sometimes with honking cars on the street. I wonder if nowadays it would be the same. I hope not, with social media and the world being much more connected. This is why visibility matters, the more black people are seen around the world, in the remotest corners, the more likely we are to be comfortable and feel “normal” wherever we go.
I'm proud of my heritage because Our generous spirit. Nothing is ever too small to be shared, that’s what our culture teaches us
Biggest misconception people haveSome people think Africans only enjoy a certain type of music or dance (rap, jazz, afro, salsa, etc.). May be true for some, but I love opera and I have a couple of African friends who love ballet!
Why do you think Diversity matters?I can’t imagine my wardrobe full of only white, black, or red clothing! The diversity of colors gives it life, and it makes me happy when I open it and see a wide range of endless combinations and possibilities . A diverse environment does the same.
As a celebrated artist from East Africa with great notoriety and a strong social media presence, I come across people in my comment session who question my descent/background especially from 'westerners'. What sometimes looks like a compliment but a stab to my pride as an African. " You look very handsome or fine, are you a black American? " My issue with this is, must I be black American to be look handsome?? It is very stereotypical, that is why I accepted to be a part of a movement that champions such a course.
I'm proud of my heritage because It gives a clearer picture to my journey in life.
Biggest misconception people haveThe biggest misconception people have has to do what is termed as beautiful or nice, beauty is relative and must be approached like that. Either than letting 'some' people or the media control its narrative.
Why do you think Diversity matters?Diversity matters because it is the bedrock of Humanity. It is the very foundation of our existence, and like a building, once its foundation is strong it can withstand any storm.
Learning of the grand achievements of my ancestors in the areas of science, arts and culture prior to an education steeped in white supremacy that taught me otherwise was an exceptionally touching period of my afro-discovery era. As a creative African, I am advancing the heritage of my ancestry using poetry, authored works and blog posts. This is also to exhibit what we are capable of and to inspire others to do same.
I'm proud of my heritage because It is rooted in originality and closest to divinity.
Biggest misconception people haveIt Is their not knowing who they are, and subsequently what that Self is capable of.
Why do you think Diversity matters?It is a mirrored reflection of the universe's default blueprint.
How the society is promoting sexualism... Moved me to become an activist. Society encourages the female folks to embrace certain body looks and look down upon other body types. Our society applauds conformity rather than individuality
I'm proud of my heritage because Identity was partly heritage, partly upbringing, but mostly the choices you make in life
Biggest misconception people haveAfricans can't be own their own without depending on others
Why do you think Diversity matters?Diversity, matters because it's a narrow way of seeing the world, it celebrate skin color over content of characters and individuals distinctiveness. It's celebrating group thinking and collectivism
The American incident whereby a police officer shot a black American in his car and infront of his friends and relatives when he had not resisted arrest.
I'm proud of my heritage because It comprises of different countries,different tribes,different cultures expressed through beautiful music, cuisine,languages,art and craft,clothing among other things.All this compliment each other to create a beautiful African continent that I will be forever proud of.
Biggest misconception people haveAfricans are empty headed and backward.People create a picture of us as primitive and bring tied into the cultural norms that demean African women e.g FGM they hardly know that as the world evolves we also do and we have fought all odds to bring out some of the prominent women in the world as well as the biggest investments such as mobile money.We do have brains
Why do you think Diversity matters?Yes,diversity breaks the motony .There is beauty in learning different cultures,different languages.
Seeing many Africans living out the continent tracing their way back home to experience what mother Africa has for them. #yearofreturn
I'm proud of my heritage because Tick tock the clock is ticking and every move give Africans the opportunity to rewrite the written story in our own way Closing our eyes to the negatives of the outside world and seeing through the spectacle of our hearts how brave we are as people, our beautiful culture and the power we have to influence the world. Mother Africa anticipate seeing her children rising up, shining bright and realizing that the world we dreamed of living is not far from us. The time to BELIEVE in Africa is now! The time to BELONG to Africa is now! The time to BECOME an African is now!
Biggest misconception people haveAfricans can not stand on their own and depends on the outside
Why do you think Diversity matters?It makes the world a beautiful place
a friend of mine once told me she rarely felt beautiful growing up because of her skin color. She was dark skinned and unfortunately in this imperfect world there exists something called colorism among black people where lighter complexion is considered more beautiful than dark skinned people and that really can destroy someones self esteem especially that of young women and girls so i decided to change that narrative and show people that everyone is beautiful and that diversity is what adds to the beauty.
I'm proud of my heritage because Im proud because i come from a place with so much diversity from its cultures, to amazing music, amazing people from all kinds of backgrounds, really good food and a place that gives people a sense of belonging.
Biggest misconception people haveOne misconception i can say is that many people i have met who aren't from Africa assume that Kenya is unsafe, dangerous and not welcoming which is obviously not the case.
Why do you think Diversity matters?It matters because of representation. everyone wants to be heard and seen. we unfortunately have lived in a world where we africans have been portrayed negatively by the media from the news and even in movies and tv shows and showing our side of the story, culture and everything in between would help young children grow up in a world where they can relate to, be proud of their heritage and love who they are because they see the positive side of it.
The death of George Floyd
I'm proud of my heritage because I'm proud of my heritage because its who I am, and it pronounces who I'll become because the power to be is in the blood that runs through my veins. I am a black man. A black man I am
Biggest misconception people haveBiggest misconception people have about me is that I am proud.
Why do you think Diversity matters?It's what differentiates us in life. The diversity also aids as an anchor to always pull us back whenever we start becoming who and what we are fighting against.
It will definitely have to be the movie, Black Panther. Nothing can beat the beautiful description of Africa through Wakanda. Though it may not be real, I believe it strived to put Africa on the map and change the overall outlook of our wonderful continent from the mode of dressing, to the language, culture, and our way of life. It gave the afro-descendants a sense of identity and pride that is un-matched and made Africans feel they are stronger than they think they are.
I'm proud of my heritage because I'm proud of my heritage because of the people. Kenyans are resilient, we have been through so much as a country but we still always find a way to share light moments with our never-ending memes on social media and standing with each other when times get tough. The spirit of good neighborliness is what keeps us going.
Why do you think Diversity matters?It matters because we cannot live without each other. We are all blessed differently with abilities that work harmoniously for our greater good. If Africans took the opportunity to pull a united front, nothing could ever stop us. We need diversity online because nobody can tell our story better than us, those that have lived to see it, and those that heard stories from our predecessors. Its time for African Kings and Queens to take the stand.
Yes I Have # Year Of Experience With This
I'm proud of my heritage because Yes AM Proud Of My Heritage
Biggest misconception people haveYes Very Big
I’ve grown up reading History of Black african man and women as a failures and seeing it through the society and media they portray only Negativity and hode the truth. But I’ve realized that Everyone has Equal chances in success regardless Background, race, or religion. I’m Gonna use my Platform to make the difference. We are smart, Talented and Beautiful People. #representationmatters #ImAVisualActivist
I'm proud of my heritage because Because is something that’ll always be a part of me. My values growing up were really similar to the way my mom and dad grew up, both in Tanzanian households. It’s made me a very lovely and considerate person because of how my parents raised me. I grew up knowing the quality of things and of life, making sure to do things that make me feel alive more often. Even with food, I would never want to waste food because my parents and Society made me eat everything and anything. They raised me with some Tanzanian growing up Culture where i even understand and talk my native languages.I’m proud to have grown up Tanzanian, and I plan to keep my culture with me for the rest of my life Until I Die.
Biggest misconception people haveYou look like you’ve never had a struggle in your life.” I’ve heard this one so many times, from my own family members and others, and when I don’t hear the actual words, I can still hear the implications. I guess from the outside it really must look like I’ve never struggled in my life, but the outside never tells the whole story. Which I think people should not be judging others according to their Appearances or Implications.
Why do you think Diversity matters?Diversity matters because is where change, freedom, creativity, Passions, Connection, love and Abilities Arose. Where by People Tend to reveals their inner Capabilities without fear, Diversity is very Crucial.
Africa is beautiful full of beautiful people and i saw it once i start capturing photography of people ..its a different experience.
I'm proud of my heritage because Im proud of my heritage because i came to understand the ethnicity of cluture , diversity around people and different races ..we are all one.
Biggest misconception people haveBiggest misconception people have is not believe in themselves and working towards achieving what they believe in.
Why do you think Diversity matters?Its what shows who we are.
Over the years we've had African stories being told by people for whom it is not a reality. We've seen over glorification and in some instances under reporting of the said stories. This has pushed me towards championing for the stories to be told as is, by someone living in the eye of the storm and not from the sidelines looking in
I'm proud of my heritage because It is a beautiful potluck of cultures and people. We are also very good storytellers
Biggest misconception people haveLazy and unimaginative.
Why do you think Diversity matters?It is important to have all people at the table. For years this hasn't been the norm and the results have been disastrous.
After colonizing Africans they still left with their footprint sharing us into different countries living with different bandries milking us of our resources making us the shithole of the world# am a true activist#
I'm proud of my heritage because Black is beautiful black is kind and loving am proud of my skin color
Biggest misconception people have People have wrong impression about black people may be because of the color of our skin but you're get it wrong black is beuty, black is love black is a gift from God to this Earth we have heart of mother after all bullying from different racist all over the world we easily let go of things, black is good, Africa is the future (BLACK)
I may not have an experience but been part of this movement is a step in changing the normal. I’m within circles that focuses in bridging the gap and changing the mindsets of the African youth, is another step for change.
I'm proud of my heritage because I’m proud of my heritage because I know who I am and what I stand for. Also because of our rich, juicy and diverse values, norms, traditions and culture.
Biggest misconception people haveThe biggest misconception is that Africans are lazy and you can’t be successful in Africa.
Why do you think Diversity matters?Diversity matters because everyone is unique in their own way with such beauty and energy. One shouldn’t be judged or shamed because they are Special or are different from the normal. Diversity shouldn’t bring separation but unity and love and a means to learn from each other. I encourage everyone to; Be Yourself! Appreciate Yourself! Love Yourself!
The notion that 'everything BLACK is evil' Black is never evil. Black is a gift given us by our creator. Black has power. Black is a weapon. It's about time we clear that notion that 'Black is evil' it is sad but this is what our forefathers believed and even 'we' this generation still accept this lie. We need to uphold ourselves as black and see how powerful we are. Through photography and writings, I would enlighten us on THE VALUE IN BEING BLACK.
I'm proud of my heritage because I'm proud of my heritage because it is enriched with beautiful languages and rich culture and traditions. The people share a bond no one can erase. Above all, the peace that comes with being a Ghanaian. We are called the land of 'PEACE'
Biggest misconception people haveMost people have the misconception that, Ghana is a poor country which is plagued by diseases. There are some really poor communities here in Ghana but Ghana is by far not a poor country considering the vast amount of developments on going as well as major technological advancements. Many Ghanaians also have access to hydroelectric power and good drinking water. Food is also not too hard to acquire these days for most people. Diseases are mainly found in remote areas since we have good health systems and good health policies. Life in Ghana is better than what is made believe.
Why do you think Diversity matters?I believe diversity matters because, it gives access to a greater range of talent, views and ideas not just the talent and idaes that belongs to a particular world-view. It paves way for productivity.
The colonization of Africa by the Europeans polluted the African heritage. The African history has been through the eyes of the Europeans making Africans lose their cultural roots. We have been programmed into blindly adopting a religion, a political system paradigm that we cease to grow.
I'm proud of my heritage because I am proud of my Afrikan heritage because it is part of what I am . My deep Afrikan roots brings a sense of identity in a fast changing world where most people don't know who they are.
Biggest misconception people haveThe biggest misconception people have is that , Afrika was uncivilised and underdeveloped before the Western influence. The truth is , the rich African heritage became polluted as a result of Western influence. As Afrikaans, we've been brainwashed into believing our cultural heritage is inferior.
Why do you think Diversity matters?Diversity matters as it brings beauty to life. Diverse values, morals and priorities provide a sense of identity and continuity for future generations. Diversity brings communities together through shared understanding of the unique cultural identity heritage.
A friend was denied access to some opportunity because he is from Nigeria
I'm proud of my heritage because We are talented and unique. We are don't give up easily.
Biggest misconception people haveThey believe people from my country are cyber criminals
Why do you think Diversity matters?It brings togetherness and as such, it easy to be more productive
I'd always love to create contents
I'm proud of my heritage because The people and the environment I found myself is pleasant
Biggest misconception people haveIt's all about content creation, not wanting to take their photographs
During this lat months, I tend to learn more about my culture and my race. I'm sure that the development of my community can be landed by knowing ourselves, and our culture.
I'm proud of my heritage because My heritage is beautiful ! My culture, my language, my country, all is amazing. But black people themselves tend to neglect their culture. Its sad.
Biggest misconception people haveOthers races think that being black is being awful and idiot. But its not.
Why do you think Diversity matters?Because difference is beautiful !
Black life matters
I'm proud of my heritage because I'm proud to be black
Biggest misconception people havePeople believe black is evil and backward
Why do you think Diversity matters?Diversity encourages growth and unity
well I can't say I am melanated but my wife is African, and I do this for her, she is a professional photographer right now mostly weddings and such and in the industry, I do see how difficult it can be.
I'm proud of my heritage because What I am proud most about my heritage is we value relationships and quality time, I am of Indian origin but born and raised in Africa, and living in Africa has taught me the value of spending quality time with loved ones and cherishing the relationships you make in your journey and respecting diversity, in my field I engage with all kinds of races and it is important to respect each and every one.
Biggest misconception people haveWell everyone assumes since am Indian I come from money or I speak with an accent, or either I eat a lot of chillies.
Why do you think Diversity matters?It matters because I strongly believe we each learn something from one another no one race is superior or has everything, what lacks in one we find in the other. I mean who doesn't love Indian food, you cannot tell me all the pizza huts compare to that so yeah it matters.
We are beautiful,well developed, not at the level of other countries but we have so much more to behold and visual representation should show the whole world how rich we are in culture and resources.
I'm proud of my heritage because I'm proud of my heritage because it is beautiful, unique and it's a breath of fresh air waking up in the cold plains of Ndeiya and the sight of Ngong hills right in front is breathtaking.The values and the love for each other brings us closer,the cultural diversity brings beautiful aspects of each and everyone of us, the Kenyan mesmes are something else,am proud to be a Kenyan.
Biggest misconception people haveThat you need to travel to other countries to succeed in life.
Why do you think Diversity matters?It gives us a sense of belonging
Funny thing the recent #VogueChallenge that was rather very controversial moved me because I got to see so much talent from the continent. It really amazed me to see all the work that mainstream magazines are missing out on because of their narrow perspective of talent on the continent
I'm proud of my heritage because Kenyans are a hardworking people and are very proud of being Kenyans despite the many things [and they are many] that we are not happy with and can do better in. We are very hospitable and love visitors, and will go out of our way to show you around and make you feel at home and probably make you taste all our food :D We have made a lot of strides and we continue to push through our difficult circumstances.
Biggest misconception people haveThat Kenya is about wildlife and Maasai and that our food is bland.:P [We just like food its its natural form] and we do add spices
Why do you think Diversity matters?Diversity matters because it educates and exposes the world to the real essence of a culture. if we do not give our own voices to our narrative then the world will keep getting it wrong and Africa will always be associated a place always in need and not a place that people thrive in.
An experience that moved me as an Afro-Descendant would have to be when I was living in Tanzania for a time and my Tanzanian friends would call me "dada" which means sister in Swahili and would remind me that Africa is my home too, despite the fact that I didn't grow up there and that even if I didn't know where exactly I came from, I could always call their country home because they're my family. I definitely stand for #RepresentationMatters, but I don't have a platform to amplify the voices of those who need representation. I do my best by sharing informative posts, videos, and such but the small following I have are those with similar mindsets to mine. Therefore, I feel my influence is limited.
I'm proud of my heritage because I'm proud of my African American heritage because it's proof that people who look like my ancestors can defeat the odds and do great things in and for a society that never intended to include them.
Biggest misconception people haveAs an African American girl who has lived in 3 different African countries over the last 10 years, the biggest misconception I've heard concerning my heritage is that I'm falsely claiming it because globally, it's believed that American and visibly African descendant don't go together.
Why do you think Diversity matters?I think diversity matters because my teachers abroad should be able to appreciate and understand the difference between my story and my Somali, Nigerian, Congolese, and Sudanese friend's stories. However that was never the case and I got to witness first-hand how it makes people of African Nationality or African descent feel ashamed to take pride in their cultural differences and represent themselves as more than a skin color.
We know intuitively, Diversity matters. Top quartile for gender or racial and ethnic diversity are more likely to have financial returns above their national industry medians.
I'm proud of my heritage because I have got over a million reasons why i am proud of my heritage, and these includes the following; We are resilience We are highly gifted and talented We are happy people We are entrepreneurial We are optimistic and possess a very high sense of oneness....and the list goes on.
Biggest misconception people haveBecause we are black, we lack civility.
le regard sur votre couleur de peau, sur votre afro parfois, des propos désobligeant du genre: "hé tu peut fair l'accent africain" ou tu dois être une tigresse au lit.
I'm proud of my heritage because je suis fière de mon héritage car j'inspire le monde avec ce que je suis.
Biggest misconception people havecertaines personnes pensent que nous manquons de visions, que nous sommes constamment habité par nos émotions.
Why do you think Diversity matters?c'est une richesse , ensemble nous pouvons changer le monde le rendre plus beau avec toutes ces couleurs de peaux métissée, caramélisée, noire ou blanche nous pouvons faire une immense oeuvre d'art qui est la paix
I plan to help in as much as to make our voices and visual works count. A balance and equality is all I seek.
I'm proud of my heritage because We are rich in culture
Biggest misconception people haveAfricans live on trees, this is never what we are.
Why do you think Diversity matters?For balance to prevail
Everyday life as a Black South African woman moves me to do better and be better. Most importantly I am reminded that I deserve better.
I'm proud of my heritage because We are kind and considerate people. We love and respect nature. We are known for our intellect and wisdom. Our leadership skills date back in the 16th century.
Biggest misconception people haveUneducated, lazy and lack confidence and competency.
Why do you think Diversity matters?Everyone deserves a chance to be included and most importantly to choose what they want to be or not to be part of. It’s unfair to exclude people based on them being different.
The killing of people by boko harm in Nigeria
I'm proud of my heritage because We are the giant of Africa and we believe in our selves
Biggest misconception people haveAfrican are monkey
Why do you think Diversity matters?Because e need ourselves to work for a common Good
The blacks killed in the USA, The blacks killed in the Vietnam war and the gruesome way our fathers were treated by the whites
I'm proud of my heritage because I'm Black and flawless, strong and fearless. I am African
Biggest misconception people haveAfricans are poor and crude, we steal and rob people
Why do you think Diversity matters?Difference
During an interview for a fellowship the interviewer was shocked that I spoke English so fluently and asked how I would react if a host pointed that out during my stay. I informed her that the world has revolved, we study in Africa and much as we love our languages ,we have to communicate to the rest of world so we have to learn different languages.
I'm proud of my heritage because Of its rich and diverse traditions, values, food , sense of fashion and culture.
Biggest misconception people haveIs that African culture is primitive and that African women are weak in all aspects; intellectually, emotionally and physically.
Why do you think Diversity matters?The world would be a boring place if we were all the same. Diversity makes the world colourful, beautiful and fun.
When I first moved to the US, I initially minimized the racial divide. Then, it gave me the opportunity to look into who I am as a person. It wasn't a struggle but just an affirmation of who I am. I never want to apologize for being black, beautiful, strong, intelligent and powerful. I use that power to fix the crowns of the kings and queens in my life, regardless of their background because representation matters.
I'm proud of my heritage because It is the essence of who I am and I love it....plus, what is the alternative ;-)
Biggest misconception people haveIt is how we see ourselves. When I look in the mirror, I see who God created me to be and I am thankful.
Why do you think Diversity matters?Because the alternative is unthinkable. I have friends of all races, religion, etc. At the end of the day, I only see them for who they are. Diversity is simply beautiful.
It moves me when clusters and communities come together for a common goal, united by values beyond the skin.
I'm proud of my heritage because I am proud of my heritage because it has served as the frame that gathered all my previous forms of existence, presents a glimpse of my identity potentially, my impact while here on the planet, how I relate to and interact with the broader global community. Amidst the current climate trends in digital art, economies and geopolitical tension, to name a few, it's clear to me that to move beyond, one needs to know whence one came from to realize where one is going.
Biggest misconception people haveIt would be along the lines of my height and a probable or possible affiliation to the sport, basketball. If only I got a coin for each time!
Why do you think Diversity matters?Diversity matters because, ideally, there ought to be a seat at the table for everyone and the opportunity for every voice, I think that goes beyond the skin.
Guys could rubbish my opinions but I thank God for bringing someone who could take my suggestions seriously and he made me feel wanted .
I'm proud of my heritage because Rich with culture at the same time well versed to our morals and values.
Biggest misconception people haveNo brains and Everything associated with bad is for Africans but we are hardworking too.
Why do you think Diversity matters?We are one by blood not by races..Everyone was created in a unique way and puporse
I get too perturb when colleagues offer low standard services or goods to clients in the end it's bites us in the face. Let's all seek excellence and better stewards.
I'm proud of my heritage because We uphold our morals and values
Biggest misconception people haveThat nothing good or marvelous can come out of Africa.Does a lie ,we are unique and wonderful made.
Why do you think Diversity matters?Because variety brings out the best in us and also team players
I really get upset every time I am asked the question; are these truly made in Kenya or did you just download this on the Internet.
I'm proud of my heritage because We are resilient.
Biggest misconception people haveWe are not only a tourist destination for the wild but a diverse country of different craftsmen or women.
Why do you think Diversity matters?It shows us the different ways an Idea can be seen and executed with the given resources.
I'm proud of my heritage because We are strong, hard-working and creative people. We are proud of our heritage.💪🏾
Biggest misconception people haveBiggest misconception about black people is that we are scammers. 😩
Why do you think Diversity matters?Diversity is God ordained. It is like the beauty of the 🌈 rainbow. An array of colours forming one beautiful image.
When I was looked down at work because i studied in Ghana.It was actually a motivation to encourage myself and other young ones not to look down upon our educational system.
I'm proud of my heritage because I'm proud of my heritage because the different elements of culture pretty much adds a spice to life.
Biggest misconception people have'That blacks are a bunch of poor people with no vision'' This thought is very worrying because a lot of blacks are doing marvellous out there.
Why do you think Diversity matters?Diversity matters because it makes us open-minded to accept the views of others thereby debunking every negative stereotypes.
In 2013, Ismailya Faye, a Senegalese young muslim guy, was killed in a bus station in Rabat, by a racist moroccan. He was here from a pilgrimage. This event, made me try to understand what happened there and also be more interested on the migration subject.
I'm proud of my heritage because I am from Africa.
Biggest misconception people havepeople always assume that africans are black... In north Africa, we live together, or at least we try to.
Why do you think Diversity matters?we can not all be from one same copy.
This movement is important to me because more voices need to speak out. The more African lives speak out, the less we are discriminated against.
I'm proud of my heritage because I'm proud of my heritage because of how hospitable we are to all.
Biggest misconception people haveBiggest misconception people have is that black lives are not beautiful and have a wayward culture.
Why do you think Diversity matters?Diversity matters because everyone has a unique talent or skill which others may or may not also have such skills. Diversity helps in teamwork.
The black man who saved a baby from a storey building and was later awarded French citizenship. It takes an exceptional deed for people to recognize a black person and inadvertently the rest of the world accepts that we are exceptional. It is up to us to prove it.
I'm proud of my heritage because It has molded my whole existence.
Biggest misconception people haveThere's a limit to who or what you can become.
Why do you think Diversity matters?Diversity is in every one of us, the difference is the lens through which we view it.
The first thing to join this movement due to the presence of racism and lack of human rights in different organizations worldwide. The starting from the ground such as favouritism. So i will put my effort by using social networks, place of meeting, job areas etc to present this issue by educating and implementing the program in pratical way.
I'm proud of my heritage because God is love and make human beings in his image with love. So love to everyone who has faith in God.
Biggest misconception people haveTo think that he/she has a right to everything without take his or her responsibility. To think he/she need more love than any one without the presence of love each other. Life is dynamic, so there's no superiority or inferiority constant.
one of the best experiences that moved me as an afro-descendant is the power to access and acquire knowledge and experience of my Origin and understand my culture better to a level that I can stand up as an African and define my self.
I'm proud of my heritage because I'm proud of my heritage because of the practice and strong belief in traditions within our African communities. The traditions that have kept us together as African despite the boundaries and borders we have to cross to go perform and share with outsiders .
Why do you think Diversity matters?Diversity amongst Africans matter allot, for it leads to our togetherness and respect amongst our culture difference and ethnicities no matter the background or where you're born in Africa or outside Africa.
Collaborating with melanated people by producing bodies of work which are photographic. Visual activism is vital because as a photographer I have a responsibility to tell the truth.
I'm proud of my heritage because I'm proud of my heritage because it is my identity.
Biggest misconception people haveBiggest misconception people have about Africa is that it is a continent yet there are 54 countries with different languages and cultures.
Why do you think Diversity matters?Why do you think Diversity matters? Diversity matters because it shows people who come from marginalized communities and share their stories which mainstream media does not share such stories
Growing up and witnessing the truth in the African proverb that "It takes a village to raise a child"
I'm proud of my heritage because My heritage defines me. It defines the struggles of my fore fathers and mothers. It is something I can never separate from myself.
Biggest misconception people have"Women should just remove themselves from abusive relationships." There are many reasons women stay in abusive relationships. They include fear that the violence will escalate, financial dependence, social stigma, lack of self-confidence, isolation, religious and moral values, love and commitment and concern for children, family pressures and lack of community support, including affordable accommodation. A man who is using violence against his female partner typically uses a range of strategies to encourage her compliance and dependence, such as monitoring her movements, destroying her self-esteem, and encouraging her to blame herself for the abuse. These dynamics too make it hard to leave abusive relationships.
Why do you think Diversity matters?We come from different backgrounds, which shape us differently. That is where the magic happens. What is bizarre to me seems normal to the other. We just need a little inclusion for the bizarre, until we understand them.
We were driving and my son pointed out a guy driving a very fancy sports car. He said "Daddy, that guy looks like Uncle Roy...i mean its not an old white guy" - he articulated what I had been struggling with, that even we though we have a great constitution in South Africa...the majority of our people from black or mixed heritage are still ignored and misrepresented here, our achievements, contested heritage, spaces and people are not recognised. #RepresentationMatters
I'm proud of my heritage because I am proud of my heritage because I have the mix of the peoples of South Africa coursing through my blood.
Biggest misconception people haveThat i am very strict and white
Why do you think Diversity matters?Diversity makes us stronger, but in a country where brown and black are still denied access and our old oppressors are still in denial as to their role in our oppression and continued oppression, this is a continuing struggle
My experience is rather family related. My younger brother who migrated to the United States in 2017 to get his degree gave me an oomph feeling when he was made to represent his school at an annual interstate technology fair in his first year. It felt so elating especially to the fact that e has never had any travel experience prior to that. This move boosted my confidence and inspired me to create an organisation called Brand1000 to develop world standard brand identity to perfectly represent the aspirations and talents of entrepreneurs in Africa.
I'm proud of my heritage because I’m proud of my heritage because of the diversity in culture, thinking and unique display of talents of each individual.
Biggest misconception people haveThe biggest misconception people have I think is that Africans are not mentally independent and that we can only survive on foreign ideas.
Why do you think Diversity matters?A wise saying in Ghana states and I quote,” a single broomstick is easily broken but a a bunch put together cause a strong anti resistance to breakage’’. Diversity creates a stronger bond for humanity.
I was especially moved when i got no help to even study the basics of design , being tossed around and used but still nothing . I had to make the step to get where i am now even though i'm no where near my goal but at least the step was made and with that anyone who comes my way i give my all to help them to stand on something.
I'm proud of my heritage because because its great to be born in a place where you have to strive hard to make it . It equips you with certain knowledge that if you're place in a level field you shoot up way past the stars
Biggest misconception people havedesign is just dragging objects and picking colors and has no real value.
Why do you think Diversity matters?There has to be different ways to depict a story , just one way is boring.
I just love being African and black. No special experience but I use my voice to entertain millions of blacks around the world through engaging content creation.
I'm proud of my heritage because I’m me, I’m real, I believe in my dream and I’m unstoppable.
Biggest misconception people haveGod
Why do you think Diversity matters?It’s important because we are unique in our deferent ways.
As an Afro-Descendent, I want to amplify the voices of melanated women's voices. I want to tell their stories and encourage them to be brave and tell their own stories on digital platforms. My goal is to create safe spaces for women and girls to start finding their voices.
I'm proud of my heritage because I'm proud of my heritage because of the rich culture we have. The ways of my people are built on Ubuntu and that's one of my fundamental principles. I am because they were.
Biggest misconception people haveWhen an African woman speaks up she is wild, unmannered and disrespectful.
Why do you think Diversity matters?Diversity matters because no two people are the same so we could learn something from one another. Diverse voices are critical in storytelling and also for democracy. Our beauty lies in our differences and so does our strength.
I recently started a talk session called The Influencers Talks and it has shown me that "We are voices of change not an echo". We need to amplify our voices to be heard to cancel all the misconceptions and represent ourselves very well with our own narratives!
I'm proud of my heritage because I'm proud of my heritage because we have so much to celebrate and be proud of from a generation to generation.
Biggest misconception people haveBiggest misconception people have is that they think I'm rich and have it easy whereas I work so many hours to achieve my goals and dreams. I see myself as a stronged willed person with a focused mind.
Why do you think Diversity matters?Diversity matters because that's what makes a rainbow shine. Also it allows us to see the world different while allowing the share of different views and points!
There are many examples but the one that stands out is my 5 year sojourn in India and how it affirmed the fact that I was a special being. 🥰🥰
I'm proud of my heritage because Proudly Kenyan and comfortable in my skin🥰😇
Biggest misconception people haveThat I am high handed, snobbish and was born with a silver spoon in my mouth. The truth is I want the best for my circle. My life’s journey has shaped the woman I am today. Every experience had a lesson for me. I have no regrets; just healing scars.
Why do you think Diversity matters?The world would be less colorful without diversity. Look at the flora and fauna around us...diversity is key to our very existence.
"I can't breath". The statement of George F made me to have the feeling the world needs people with more conscience and character. And that every life matters and Black Lives Matter
I'm proud of my heritage because I am Black
Biggest misconception people haveJudging people from colour
Why do you think Diversity matters?Diversity is the future of humanity
Personally, I haven't had any experience but when I watch the news and read history and see how we've been unequally represented, it makes me want to do something about it! Projecting afro-descendant talents to the world will greatly help us equally represented!
I'm proud of my heritage because it is rich, diverse and it is me.
Biggest misconception people haveIs that we aren't cut out for greatness.
Why do you think Diversity matters?With diversity comes progress and longevity.
i have my own little hashtag #NotOnOurWatch which is my [and others] daily commitment to interrupt racism wherever we see it - online and off - and so i am absolutely loving this space that amplifies black and hopefully coloured and indian and other groups that call Africa home. i have learned that i cannot self-identify as an ally because it means nothing coming from me - my words and actions and thoughts have to show to others that i see them and am fighting for them and want to make the world better for them. i try to use my platforms to raise the issues and host many conversations [predominantly on Facebook or YouTube] around race and privilege and inviting white people to do and be better. #RepresentationMatters for sure!
I'm proud of my heritage because As a white person who has lived in South Africa my whole life but has British roots before me i have an extremely problematic heritage and it took me way too long in life to realise that and get going with the work of anti-racism that is so needed and interrogating whiteness and white spaces and working with white people to help them do the same. So no real pride in what has come before because it was devastating to so many. But hope for what we are busy creating and working at now.
Biggest misconception people haveThat i have somewhere else to call home. As a white person i get called European and told to go back there and while i do understand that given our deeply problematic past, i have only ever known South Africa as home and so my heart is here and seeing if i can be an active part of making it a country that works for everyone.
Why do you think Diversity matters?i used to see Diversity as the end goal but i have come to understand that while Diversity is important, Integration and Belonging are far more important. Diversity is about getting different people in the room but we have to be doing the work of seeing that everyone's voices and stories are equally elevated and heard and listened to and acknowledged.
My first time in the USA I was asked where I am from. I said Gabon the lady ask me Japan ?! Very confused I said no Gabon. When then asked me if it was next to Mexico. This made me realize at what point we have to keep educating people and not assume they know everything. Since this time I decided to always advocate for Africans around me to break any stereotypes.
I'm proud of my heritage because I’m proud of my heritage because of the diversity.
Biggest misconception people havePeople think we live in Africa like on the UNICEF ads
Why do you think Diversity matters?Diversity is important because the society we live into is too focus on reminding us our differences instead of our similarities in order to create unity. Diversity helps us to accept other cultures.
Since my childhood times as I grew many are the times I was put to silent whenever I heard something important to add in a conversation that really mattered, because I didn't have a stable family and nothing really made sense in my life at that time, until one time I met one person who believed in me, gave to me a listening ear and change how I used to think everyone See's me.
I'm proud of my heritage because I'm proud of my Heritage: Because We value our culture, Talents and Family relationship.
Biggest misconception people haveTo have a voice and be recognised in a society... You must be rich, do extra ordinary or come from a well known family with an History
Why do you think Diversity matters?It creates opportunities for the abandoned voices to be heard
I am from Kenya and i have to witness discrimination on a different level. with us it's different; it involves power amongst masses on the basis of ethnicity and identity. it is unfair because, at some point, the hope of becoming someone amongst the growing dynasties dims out. truth is, it is not about black or white. it is bigger. it is about power. we need to decide who is worthy of wielding it.
I'm proud of my heritage because It was a choice for me. my greatest choice because I let it give me an identity. Choice means acceptance.
Biggest misconception people haveThat it gives me an identity. I choose my identity.
Why do you think Diversity matters?Being different gives alternatives for betterment. everyone brings something to the table, and there is an undeniable beauty to it. Think of it like a team; there's no resemblance, but in order to succeed, all must be involved.
Working in a multicultural team, I realized that indeed we are capable of achieving and doing and being so much more once our mindset is right. For this reason, I decided to setup an organization called “The New African Mind” which is focused on transforming the mindset of the next generation African.
I'm proud of my heritage because Being African is the best thing that could ever happen to anyone. We have contributed to building almost all economies of the world with diverse resources and for this reason I am a proud African.
Biggest misconception people haveAfrican’s are not “capable”
Why do you think Diversity matters?It is the only way through which the world will become a better place for everyone to thrive.
I enrolled on the Central Leadership Program amd we had a session where we learnt about the Transatlantic trade and slavery plus colonialism. I got my mind opened up that indirectly we are part of our own problems and we need to come together to make things right. We have socialized ourselves so much with our problems so much that we don't see them. We need to start being the change we want to see.
I'm proud of my heritage because We have diverse culture and that makes us stand out.
Biggest misconception people havePeople think i am difficult but i see myself as an assertive and strong willed individual.
Why do you think Diversity matters?Diversity matters because that is what spices up life. We all can't be the same and that is totally fine. We need to accept people's perspectives and learn how to live with them.
I make sure to encourage my melanin girls to love their skin through my images that I create.
I'm proud of my heritage because It is who I am and I am unique. I am accepting all my flaws and embracing my weaknesses. I realise I don't have to pretend to be anyone .. I am black and I am blessed.
Biggest misconception people haveThe misrepresentation of the African has been on going.. they look down on us they call us names, they try to put limits on how high we can rise, they ridicule our efforts.. but we are above the hate and the misery they've put us through we are strong and have the ability and power to do more.. Some people see black as negative, they even associate everything black to be bad but black is beautiful ❤️ let's never wish we were another color.. we all have our strengths and weaknesses.
Why do you think Diversity matters?Diversity because we are all uniquely different in many ways And all must be represented well and respectfully
I was moved when I realised,through books, magazines and upon inquisitive research, that people who looked like me had undertook great career paths I was dreaming of. my reality wasn't questioned anymore, because my dreams had been validated through the legacy that I too CAN. I mostly recommend talents who are thriving in their fields to aid they might need.
I'm proud of my heritage because I am proud of my heritage because, I'm at a place where everyone looks like me, understands my language, and accepts me. I'm Utterly in awe of the freedom I have , thus I'm not silenced and my life has never been protest .
Biggest misconception people havePeople think Africans all speaks the same language , and hang from tree to tree, in some deserted jungle.
Why do you think Diversity matters?Diversity is the real why we all live, if u look at the world, countries, people and even animals are different from each other. Having a world full of diverse facets, allows for other people, cultures, and races be visible to us, in fresh ways that is inclusive.
Have been bullied because i don't look like them....
I'm proud of my heritage because I am a proud Nigerian woman with freckles.
Biggest misconception people haveI am not an inferior person because i'am Africa, i am unique and beautiful and super.
Why do you think Diversity matters?Diversity matters because of dynamism.creature comes in different skin colours,height, and no one is more superior.
Well...the way Black people are being treated globally is not a sign of Love.
I'm proud of my heritage because My Heritage is all I have to not give an excuse for Greatness!
Biggest misconception people haveBlack people don't read.
Why do you think Diversity matters?Diversity is the bedrock of Unity
watching how African people were being treated in China when the Corona virus pandemic started. being thrown out of the8r houses and humiliated😭😭😢
I'm proud of my heritage because it is rich in culture, love and light
Biggest misconception people havethat they are naive and illiterate
Why do you think Diversity matters?we are only united in our diversity
I lived in South Korea up until last year and I always felt like I had something to prove as a black person. like, because of all the stereotypes and misunderstanding or lack of it. I was always try to prove that ...something like, black people are smart too, they are not naive or dumb. and they are people just like you. we love, we feel and cry and laugh just just you if not more.
I'm proud of my heritage because it's rich in culture and full of love and kindness
Biggest misconception people haveAfricans are illiterate or naive
Why do you think Diversity matters?because we can only be united in our diversity. we can not am fit in one little box, and so for us to grow hand thrive we have to embrace our differences
Children learn by picking up what is presented to them by society. The influence on our society in certain aspects by Westernization has in turn polluted our children. We forget what matters, we have forgotten the true meaning of education, skillset, beauty, and we are losing our touch with nature and our traditions. We are living by other people's philosophies. Living in Turkey I see how mixed emotions and curious the locals are towards our kind. If we want our children and their children to be conscious then Representation matters. Represent who you truly are and use diversity to do that.
I'm proud of my heritage because I am my heritage, and my heritage is diverse and creative.
Biggest misconception people haveThe misconception that there is a superior race, religion, and tribe. The assumption of certain people and their environment is their true representation. That's wrong.
Why do you think Diversity matters?Without diversity, we wouldn't have as rich culture as we do. Without diversity, we wouldn't know how to live in harmony with each other. Without diversity, we wouldn't be as creative as we are. Without diversity, we wouldn't be this conscious and beautiful in mind and body.
From a very young age I was bothered about the wrong perception of Africa. I decided to use my phography skills to capture Africans and african landscape and landmarks in a way that i feel represent us best. To showcase our beauty, faces , who and where we are in an authentic way. I also work with Pichastock which stood for the same cause to advance the same objective to the mainstream world.
I'm proud of my heritage because because I am me, I am authentic, a product of two different African tribes, I am multilingual, I was raised to be pragmatic and open minded about the world. To respect earth, to understand that nature and I are one. I am african and africa is me.
Biggest misconception people haveIn CT some say i am Nigerian, or Congolese just because I don't sound like Xhosa or any other South African. I am often asked where I am originally from as if we are not standing in african soil. Yes I am proud to be south african born and would not be ashamed to be nigerian, congolese or any other african because I am acrican after all. My English ascent or English should never be the measure of my origin or identity. I matter, so does my native Sotho, Xhosa, Swati or any other african language.
Why do you think Diversity matters?Diversity matters because we are all different one way or the other. We come from different backgrounds, cultures and ethnicity however, deep down we all bleed one blood. We are all human and belong to one race: the human race. We need to embrace diversity to understand each other, to learn from one another and to discover that there is indeed no one size fit all.
Actually I don't have a life experience but the blacks mindset is the one that moved me in. Am a model, some pictures am taking can have a visual explanation
I'm proud of my heritage because I think it's the perfect place that I need to be
Biggest misconception people haveBeing black is being stupid. And black people think the whites are the ones to make a difference
As a Rwandan born individual there are many misconceptions about my country and my people. Yet only a westernized hegemonic idea of the state exists and not the story from the people.
I'm proud of my heritage because It is the strength that keeps me moving. It identifies my roots and makes me proud.
Biggest misconception people haveIs that they know
Why do you think Diversity matters?Our differences bring us together. The more we learn to integrate and co-exist the closer we would be to achieving the ultimate human race.
Living in India for the last two years has changed my perception of so many things!! It’s very challenging and I have sometimes found myself uprooting so many misconception and believes!! I got to attend one of the largest religious event in the world with 150 million people ! To experience that kind of energy and spirituality has been one of the most rewarding thing in my life !!
I'm proud of my heritage because I was born in Rwanda, been quite fortunate to live and Ethiopia and Ghana. These life experiences have enriched me and made me who I am today.
Biggest misconception people haveTravelling around the world has made realize the lack of diversity and emphasis on understanding and learning from each other !! We share to many things in common as one! Our struggles, wins, cultures and so much more !! My journey is about making all those connections and telling the stories through my images !! Thank you, Jupiter
Why do you think Diversity matters?Diversity matters as it enriches is with different opinions, thoughts and those experiences makes us richer !! I believe in the travel space, it matters!! The narration, bridging the gap of culture misunderstanding and uprooting the stereotypes!! Adventure Is in my DNA and so as a student of life it’s my mission to learn, share and contribute to that story !
Seeing the world come together as one, united against Racism. Theres no better time to represent who, what and values that best describes us.
I'm proud of my heritage because Without my heritage there'll be no texture, no depth, no colour.
Biggest misconception people haveBlack is one colour and Africa is a country
Why do you think Diversity matters?Diversity brings the spices together. No wonder we're amazing with food.
As currently the world is facing main two disasters racism and COVID-19. Me as a content creator did some creations mostly targeting low life people against the Pandemic and also on Racism created some speaking images of blinded racism that is still occuring without our understanding.
I'm proud of my heritage because I'm proud of my heritage because of our peacefull and social interactive nature iy has in most of our Tanzanian community as kind heart and peace may also be among the symbols of Tanzanian heritage.
Biggest misconception people haveBiggest misconception is that some peaceful and interactive individuals of low life are tamed to be robbers to non-residents. As they tend to advertise their businesses to them especially in cities like Arusha. Most of these people face or charge face to face interaction hence creating misconception of friendliness to robbery.
The fact that it has created alot of opportunities.
I'm proud of my heritage because I think the art changed it all, because with different type of people who do art with alot of creativity and colors. And the reason the movement is so important its because it will make the whole generation speak more and embrace the love for visual activism.
Biggest misconception people haveThe fact that the world doesn't understand Africa has alot of resources.
Why do you think Diversity matters?Helps us understand our core values.
The visual presentation was breathing and I knew I had to be apart of it and share my story. My hope is that this moves and offers an opportunity for Black people to Unite without boundaries.
I'm proud of my heritage because I am a Black Woman. I know my strength. I am aware of my shortcoming, they don’t define me. I am all knowing of my power and each day I decide to use it.
Biggest misconception people haveBlack Woman are loud, can’t take direction, directionless, incapable and non-qualified.
Why do you think Diversity matters?Without it we’d be pale,bland, and like a piece of chicken with no seasoning.
I follow Mr Maponga J. I use africa knowledge to deal with matters before l go for western knowledge
I'm proud of my heritage because I m proud South African Zulu
Biggest misconception people haveJesus is white
Why do you think Diversity matters?Yes
With the internet, the globe has been so interconnected that it is possible for local talent to be exposed on an international level.
I'm proud of my heritage because We are a representation of diversity in cultures with the different tribes of the Kenyan people.
Biggest misconception people haveAs a third world EVERYONE lives in suffering and has no access to resources.
Why do you think Diversity matters?It promotes awareness,and it’s interesting to be exposed to other narratives.
I am always happy to see Africans learn languages from other countries in Africa, better yet when it is a foreigner taking the time to learn and speak the local language.
I'm proud of my heritage because It has taught me to stay grounded in what truly matters; the people around me and the impact I have in their lives.
Biggest misconception people haveThat all people in Africa know each other and somehow live in a bush,
Why do you think Diversity matters?Diversity especially in visuals, highlights the struggle, strength and overall experiences of different people. It creates understanding between various groups and allows for a more humane approach to situations.
Lots of lots of photographs out there pose the African child as hopeless and in dire need. That's not entirely true but it wouldn't matter if there were other photographs out there showing the beauty of the African culture at large and not only as savages. The availability of these two facts(in form of photographs) is the truth.
I'm proud of my heritage because It Is who I am
Biggest misconception people haveThat we are I'm abject poverty. However, we're not only rich financially, in culture and in beauty, we're also rich at heart. We don't deserve to be looked down on
Why do you think Diversity matters?It's what makes beautiful.
I'm looking forward to seeing a black skin girl winning Miss Universe.
I'm proud of my heritage because Of my skin colour
Biggest misconception people haveBlacks girls are ugly. Excuse me to use the word "monkeys" they say. So I see other girls bleaching their skin to fit in the light skin world. Last I checked,we are all beautifully and wonderfully made irrespective of our skin colour. Be you girl, let's rock that melanin. Black girls are not ugly...We are beautiful
Why do you think Diversity matters?Diversity helps us to understand the difference in each individuals which brings about respect and love. If I appreciate the beauty of diversity,I wouldn't think ill of people who are not like me,but rather embrace differences and learn.
Being aware of the situation in Africa and knowing how this situation depends on leverages that African people do not have today.
I'm proud of my heritage because It is the richest of the world. Africa is the heart of our world and I am very proud to have grew up in my country and learned in detail about where I come from.
Biggest misconception people have"You are not a black like the others" Why ? "because you are educate, you can swim , you play tennis etc..."
Why do you think Diversity matters?To only way to build a better world for any community is to have a diverse and inclusive society
I cannot think of something in particular but overall, having to be very cautious about everything I do like helping a kid that just fell or is crying; being refused a job opportunity, being laughed at or people being scared just because of my complexion.
I'm proud of my heritage because I am proud of my heritage because it is a big part of me and rejecting it would simply mean not accepting myself, in a way. The fact that it is still very much seen as less than, weird and so on, makes me want to wear it as an outfit if I could and, proudly show people its beauty. Had they been forced to accept us the way we are and not how society tells us to be, maybe then will they change their views about it, about us!
Biggest misconception people haveAfrica is a poor "country".
Why do you think Diversity matters?I do think diversity matters because that's what the whole world is made of.
I'm proud of my heritage because Am a proud Ghanaian
Biggest misconception people haveBlacks are inferior
Why do you think Diversity matters?Because that is where the beautify of humanity comes from, when we accept our diverse nature and treat all persons equal no matter the colour.
Seeing a lot of less privileged girls become a burden on the society breaks me, therefore I decided to try and change the narratives by helping them get a source of income in any possible way I can.
Why do you think Diversity matters?Diversity is the spice of life, it helps us view the different sides of nature and everything around us, bringing colour to our world
I had an incident where I got connected to a white client from another white friend of mine. We started off well then at a point I put my picture on my profile and sent a message to him. He responded by saying he is not comfortable working with a black person and that he also can't trust me with his business. I lost the contract because am black.
I'm proud of my heritage because Because I believe African visualists have the brightest ideas which we are scared to display or expose because we lack confidence in our craft.
Biggest misconception people haveWe are not as creative as the western world
Why do you think Diversity matters?it exposes us to the different dynamics of culture and how they influence visual thinking and response.
It irked me whenever I watched the news, commercials or saw ads online concerning countries in Africa, they portrayed poverty, struggle and suffering. Yes, I believe that we are lacking in some parts, but at the same time, we have lots of beautiful and modern places and cities. Which is why we as individuals need to change this backwards narrative!
I'm proud of my heritage because It is part of who I am and part of what helped me become the person I am today, "A proud Nigerian! ".
Biggest misconception people have Africa, as a continent is a country! That we as Africans, as diverse as we are, are all the same with a generic accent and attire.
Why do you think Diversity matters?Diversity matters because its the spice of life, it is part of what makes us as humans somewhat unique in our own little niches.
It was during an exchange program where I heard the honest thoughts and misconceptions that some of the members had in that group. It may not be some of their faults but the media/channels in which they got the news from is what has fed them the lies, and this is happening worldwide. If we don't tell our stories the right way, most misconceptions will never fade.
I'm proud of my heritage because I love who I've become and it is thanks to the people I've grown around with.
Why do you think Diversity matters?We will never be the same, and we have to learn to accept it. A rainbow isn't made up of one color, and so neither is the world. Different skills, different histories, different color, different heritage. It makes the world a colorful place to live in.
Because Africa is beautiful and the rulers call leaders makes it hugely
I'm proud of my heritage because Im proud of my heritage because I am here a greater change
By using my creative skills and power tool to speak on matters rising in society
I'm proud of my heritage because We value family, quality time and relationship
Biggest misconception people haveThat it is not a land of possibilities
Why do you think Diversity matters?Because it helps in bringing out the great potentials in others and aids in creativity
I was refused a visa supposedly because I didn’t have enough money to afford a vacation in a western country.
Biggest misconception people haveThat Africa = suffering, dirty. Africans are directly associated with certain diseases.
Why do you think Diversity matters?Diversity matters To bring balance to society, so that each group is represented because all lives have value.
At the university, an accountancy teacher, of North African origin said that he wouldn’t answer our questions because in any case "the blacks cannot understand".
I'm proud of my heritage because
Biggest misconception people haveSome people think that everything in african is black. black in thoughts, black in the heart, black in the soul, in the mind so therefore his future is black and doomed to failure.
Why do you think Diversity matters?
I consume african and I promote african products when I see one
Why do you think Diversity matters?It's a fact. It's an evidence. Thinking the contrary is a mistake.
Having parents of foreign nationality, I was told that I couldn’t benefit from a scholarship which was offered to the poorest of whom I was a member, despite my good academic results and my young age. Moreover my mother was refused a post in a hospital because of her nationality.
Why do you think Diversity matters?Because I was born in gabon, my father is beninese and my mother is Togolese. Without this diversity I would not be who I am.
As a creative person, I really got moved when I was I search of stock photos of blacks for various project and couldn't get much and most photos u see of us are photos depicting poverty, weakness, absurd living which really hot me as a creative to help rectify that.
I'm proud of my heritage because It's rich in culture
Biggest misconception people havePeople think we are not innovative
Why do you think Diversity matters?With different views and inputs I believe we will be able to achieve quicker and more effectively.
It speaks volume for all african communities to engage change in all aspects of life.
I'm proud of my heritage because It is home in all aspects.
Biggest misconception people haveOthers are better than yourself yet your personality is the best masterpiece there is.
Why do you think Diversity matters?It helps us know that change is inevitable.
I'm using my voice as a #RepresentationMatters ally to to help other melanated people to use their voice and stand for themselves and let us all push the VisualActivist.Me a gender.
I'm proud of my heritage because I'm proud of my African heritage because it's something that will always be part of me.
Biggest misconception people haveBiggest misconception people have about Africa is that, we devalue ourselves
Why do you think Diversity matters?Diversity matters because, in diversity we tend to be creative and grow in whatever we aim to achieve
I had an incident where I got connected to a client who's white from a friend of mine who's white, we started off well then at a point I put my picture on profile and sent a message after saying he's not comfortable working with a black person. He can't trust me with his business. Lost the contract also.
I'm proud of my heritage because Because I believe African visualists have the brightest of ideas which they are scared to display or expose because we lack confidence in your craft.
Biggest misconception people haveWe are not as creative as the western world
Why do you think Diversity matters?it exposes us to the different dynamics of culture and how they influence visual thinking and response.
I haven't done anything but I wanna go there, be out there and do More.
I'm proud of my heritage because It says everything about Me😊 -Where I come from -My language -My people And most importantly it teaches me humanity🌈.
Biggest misconception people haveBlacks carry animalistic within!!.
Why do you think Diversity matters?It matters because that is how people come together, how we represent our own cultures to others🌈.
The general stereotypical assumptions, racism and discrimination due to race.
I'm proud of my heritage because That is my identity
Biggest misconception people haveIs that Africa is one country and citizens are all poor and live on trees.
Why do you think Diversity matters?Diversity matters because in diversity, we harness various talents as well as strengths that would complement the weakness of other team members. In diversity we are able to build unity.
With my experience living in the UK and globetrotting to other parts of Europe, I believe "supporting their own" remains adamant and this is one thing missing in the African context or within the black community. This I strongly believe is the basis on which most Africans feel discriminated against and refer to as racist moves. Until the African builds strongly on this and supports his/her own irrespectively, the world shall just be a footstool to the black race.
I'm proud of my heritage because My heritage is the very soil from which I was created. I find myself deeply rooted within with sooo much fertility and potency which makes me bloom wherever I find myself in the entire universe. Just like the birthmark on any skin cannot be washed off, so is my heritage ✊🏿
Biggest misconception people haveAfrica is plagued with poverty
Why do you think Diversity matters?I believe diversity will create a well-balanced world which will be more receptive to our unique differences and reduce the fears & insecurities towards differences.
I many not have had a direct experience but I have surely seen or read of issues of giving other race preferential treatment above others in the serive industry.
I'm proud of my heritage because My heritage is like a rainbow. Colourful in it diversity and a beautiful masterpiece in its wholeness. My heritage speaks volumes of the tenacity of my ancestors and their uniqueness and this makes us outstanding on the canvas of the earth. My heritage it's multifaceted its ryhthemic, symbolic, artistic and traditional. I am an embodiment of heritage personified .
Biggest misconception people haveOne culture is inferior whiles the other is superior to the other.
Why do you think Diversity matters?Diversity really matters. First just picture a world with one colour, one sound and just one element of everything, your guess is as good as mine. Diversity i believe is what reinforces the true meaning of unity. The wisdom of God is portaryed is how He brings even brings variety creation. Take birds for instance and just look at the many types we have. There are simply amazing. In human terms we equally be of different cultures yet can co-exist beautifully. To me been diverse is show the true character of the original intend of our maker.
well i am a man of the culture and i really want others to see our culture
I'm proud of my heritage because Because of our diversity and culture
Biggest misconception people havethat we are fraudsters
Why do you think Diversity matters?To create proper understanding and removing doubts or false informations
Being at a Model United Nations largely populated by Asians and few Europeans and fewer Africans, I saw how they looked at me, different but they embraced it with time. They had so much questions and sought to confirm from me what they heard in the media about how Africa really looks like. They saw Africa like a country than a continent and it was a good chance to retell the African story, the African way
I'm proud of my heritage because I am proud of my heritage because it is resilient, unique and beautiful
Biggest misconception people haveThe biggest misconception not just about being Ghanaian but Africa is that you are corrupt, poor and lack good business skills
Why do you think Diversity matters?Diversity is like the soul of the world. It matters first because we are different. Secondly, because we are similar in many ways, for example we move, breath, excrete, eat, possess irritability and can death. We have so much more in common than in divergence. This is why diversity matters. It matters that in the midst of similarities and differences, we can build unity. There is no progress where there is no unity.
Growing up, I didn't see many females who looked like me in the media I was exposed to. I remember playing in my parents bedroom one day, I must have been about 4 or 5 years old, standing in front of the mirror and covering myself in baby powder to make my skin white while playing make-believe. Because that was what I wanted to be because that was what movies, cartoons and even picture books said leading ladies looked like. I work at PICHA now, dedicated to #representationmatters so that other girls can look in the mirror and see themselves as heroines, princesses, adventuresses and pioneering engineers. Just as they are. Curly haired. Bushy haired. All shades of beautiful. Because they have seen proof of this in the media they consume.
I'm proud of my heritage because I am proudly African because I come from a people who are strong, creative and remarkable under pressure and oppression. My heritage is mixed, a glorious melting pot of cultures that have all made me into the African I am today.
Biggest misconception people haveThat being coloured in South Africa is the same thing as being mixed race is the same thing. Like it's not a culture in its own right.
Why do you think Diversity matters?Without diversity, there can be no inclusion. An inclusive world is one that can thrive. Where everyone, irrespective of race, creed, sex or sexual orientation, can belong and reach their potential. We're all worthy. We're all capable. We're all deserving. When humans believe this of themselves, powerful and positive change is inevitable. And that's what the world needs a little more of right now.
I realised how diverse life was when I moved to Kenya back in 2012, I left everything at home other than my surname. I made so many friends quick and no one ever thought of me as not one of them until I had to give both names at certain events and I’d be asked which tribe Tusiime was from. I always responded passive aggressively and asked if my origin was necessary and how that information would help.
I'm proud of my heritage because I’m black and powerful
Biggest misconception people haveThat racial profiling only happens in Europe and the States
What moves me is how African's are treated in foreign land .I believe its time are voices are heard.
I'm proud of my heritage because My heritage is power
Biggest misconception people haveAfrican's are not innovative
Why do you think Diversity matters?Diversity matters because we are all unique in various ways
I schooled in China and constantly my skin was referenced on the streets of China. It got to me mentally and almost affected by identity. After graduating and leaving, I’ve learnt to constantly update my knowledge of blackness, how to fend off racist and derogatory comments. As a journalist I’m constantly discussing these topics and writing about them
I'm proud of my heritage because I’m proud of my heritage because it reveals who I am and what has shaped me
Biggest misconception people haveBiggest misconception people have about Africa is that they think is one country with forests and wild animals
Why do you think Diversity matters?I think diversity matters because it allows for a nuance dialogue and inclusion of every single person in the world no matter their identity
By supporting such campaigns
I'm proud of my heritage because Because of France human rights heritage
Why do you think Diversity matters?So everybody can feel included
Lorsque j'étais plus jeune et à la recherche d'un emploi, on ne s'attendait pas toujours à ce que je dois Noire car mon nom ne le laissait pas forcément deviner. J'ai eu pour motifs de refus après l'entretien d'embauche que "j'allais m'ennuyer dans le poste concerné" (sachant que j'avais moi-même fait la démarche de postuler) ou encore, que mon CV (sur lequel la photo n'est pas obligatoire en France) "ne correspondait pas au profil recherché" (alors que j'avais été convoquée à l'entretien d'embauche sur la base de ce même CV). Tout cela m'a amenée à penser que ce sont eux qui perdaient au change et non moi.
I'm proud of my heritage because J'ai la chance de savoir d'où je viens.
Biggest misconception people haveQue l'Afrique est un pays alors qu'elle est multiple et pleine de promesses.
Why do you think Diversity matters?Parce qu'elle est un des socles de la tolérance, du respect et de l'ouverture aux autres. Parce qu'elle offre la possibilité de s'enrichir de magnifiques découvertes.
The movement is important to me because I am a black African woman that would like to see fellow black women living their best lives and achieving their highest goals. I want black women to be inspired the way I've been inspired by women in my family to be confident, strong willed and ready to put in the work to achieve their wildest dreams. I am part of this Visual Activist Campaign with hopes of adding value and making a change while we amplify melanated voices by sharing their stories.
I'm proud of my heritage because I'm proud of my heritage because I was brought up in a modern African home surrounded by strong women all around me who have really shaped the confident woman I am today. They have inspired me to believe in myself, work hard and reach for the stars!
Biggest misconception people haveBiggest misconception people in a lot of African homes is that creative professions can't be sustainable and a real source of wealth long term. A lot of Creatives are thus forced into Career paths that don't do much to fulfill them or help in their growth. However this generation is really changing the norm and realizing their true potential even in the creative professional world.
Why do you think Diversity matters?I believe diversity matters because for there to be sustainable growth in the world all parties/races/people need to have equal opportunities. They need to see people who look like them, people who they can relate to, in positions that they Aspire to be in. This will motivate everyone to do their best in achieving their goals and building a more progressive world.
We all come from different countries but it's fun to see that we have so much in common, despite the differences.
I'm proud of my heritage because I've met a lot of people from different part of the world and felt amazed to discover what other countries have but I will never exchange my roots, for nothing. They made the person I am today.
Biggest misconception people haveAfrica is poor...
Why do you think Diversity matters?Because we open our mind to things that used to be stranger to us and that's magic.
We need mental weaponry. Enlightenment (education) is key and the only effective way Africa and the world can become a better place. Thus, I’m currently working on my podcast DAM - Diverse African Minds to help push the agenda for my Africans and all. I also do my best to present Ghana—my motherland in the best light in my art as well. I’m impatient with my actions now yet patient with results. I’m trying to experience balance and maintain it.
I'm proud of my heritage because We are the source.
Biggest misconception people haveIt is impossible to make it from/in Ghana... LOL!
Why do you think Diversity matters?It’s balance and that’s progress.
I will explain it
I'm proud of my heritage because Because we have values
Biggest misconception people haveThat starvage and war are everywhere in Africa
I am #representationmatters ally by helping amplifying melanated voices through my photography work. Documenting of African people and culture is what I do on a daily. Working with PICHA has given me the opportunity of shooting African stock images. Through PICHA African photographers are presented with the opportunity to contribute to the library. By showcasing work that represents us. Images that push boundaries and misconceptions about Africa.
I'm proud of my heritage because It has shaped who I am. I am proud of my culture and people. I was brought up with a lot of values, especially being in an African household. I was taught me that life is all about spreading love, being kind and valuing other people. Everyone in life is important and deserves to live a harmonious and free life.
Why do you think Diversity matters?Diversity= Being free Free from inequality Free from hatred Free from prejudice
I have always been fascinated about the 'Black Star' in the Ghanaian national flag which is translated to represent 'Hope for Africa' because it gave me the opportunity to reprogram my mind and explore the absolutely unique possibility of a star being black. Think about it for a second; how does a black star shine? Is that even possible? (perhaps is a question for a limited or racially-biased conditioned mind). I believe that one day we will wake up to the realization that the colour of darkness is not black and the colour of light is not white, and we will be ashamed of the wide gaps we have created in society because of the needless negativity that has been carefully and systematically curated and associated over time with my #Black and #African race.
I'm proud of my heritage because I am proud of who I am and my heritage is part of me. You cannot like me and hate my heritage.
Biggest misconception people haveA misconception is that African countries are not sustainable. What is easily forgotten is our cultures are naturally conservative and preservative. We know how sustain.
Why do you think Diversity matters?Diversity matters because it takes different ingredients to make a good meal, different people to make a strong team, diverse ideas to arrive at a good solution. The beauty of anything is in the harmony of its diverse components.
An experience that moved me as an afro-descendent is when I did the Put Foot Rally through the 6 Southern African countries (from South Africa through Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique and back into South Africa) in 2012. To see so many people wanting to explore their continent, people and cultures before the rest of the world ment so much to me. I think that it is so important for people to understand where they come from and for us to experience what goes on in our own country and in our bordering countries to truly understand who we are and how we fit in as Africans. I am a #RepresentationMatters ally an I am amplifying melanated voices by photographing real African people and documenting their stories by submitting them to Pichastock. It is important for me to be a part of telling the real and raw story of all Africans so that people around the world can see what Africa and Africans are really like.
I'm proud of my heritage because I'm proud of my heritage because Even though I come from a European background (my parents are British and my Dad's parents were Russian and German), my roots and upbringing have been 100% South African. I have been blessed enough to grow up surrounded by the rich and diverse culture that is South Africa and it's people and it has been such a great journey figuring out where I fit into all of it as a woman of European heritage but born, educated and brought up in the South African way.
Biggest misconception people haveBiggest misconception people have That South Africans (African's in general) can't be white and are uneducated and poor, and therefore are unable to travel. I have literally had people ask me how I am white if I am from Africa while I have been traveling.
Why do you think Diversity matters?No two people are alike. It is important to show that visually for people to truly see, understand and accept that we may all look different on the outside but that ultimately we are all human and we are all the same colour and make up on the inside.
I was fortunate to travel a lot throughout Africa, the Caribbean, and the USA and I am always amazed at how these cultures share so many things in common.
I'm proud of my heritage because My heritage is African diverse. My mother is from the Congo and my dad was a mixed French- Gabonese. I was born in Brazzaville, lived in several African capitals, and eventually settled in Libreville.
Biggest misconception people haveI hate to hear the general misconception that Africans/Black people are lazy. I have never seen such hardworking people, full of creativity.
Why do you think Diversity matters?Diversity matters to break stereotypes. This campaign is amazing. People need to hear about our stories to get to know us.
The recent news cycle has really affected me and ignited in me a sense of responsibility. Our society needs to be more inclusive and as a visual creator, it is my responsibility to highlight all positive aspects of our communities through visuals. #Iamavisualactivist. #representationmatters is not just a hashtag. The way we perceive ourselves and the way others perceive us is often linked to how the media portray us.
I'm proud of my heritage because I was born and raised in Gabon and moved to France with my family as a teenager. I now live in the USA. Knowing my heritage is important, it really helps me to grow. My heritage is my identity, very rich, and diverse.
Biggest misconception people haveMany people think I am either Ethiopian or from the Caribbean
Be yourself. Believe in yourself and keep fighting for equality.
I'm proud of my heritage because I am proudly black because resilience, grit and optimism keeps us going.
Biggest misconception people haveBlacks are violent, threats and aggressive