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 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.
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.