In Photos: Portraits by photographer Jalani Morgan.

It’s always strange and a bit surreal to me when I look at a photograph of strangers and somehow manage to feel as though the person behind the lens has so aptly managed to capture the essence of those pictured. Perhaps it’s a bit of romanticism on my part, but I can’t help but feel that way when looking at the work of photographer Jalani Morgan. What may on the surface seem to be a simple portrait becomes an intensifying three-way relationship between the subject, the photographer and viewer.  A two-dimensional image is brought to life and in a matter of seconds, upon gazing at Morgan’s portraits, I have no option but to feel a close connection to the unknown faces captured by his lens.

Jalani Morgan is a portrait, fine art and documentary photographer. 

Born in Toronto, Ontario, and raised in Scarborough. He was influenced by his parents’ teachings of the African Diasporas and politics and through that is interjected into his art. 

He produces work that investigates the representation from the African diaspora.

Currently he is studying at York University in Toronto obtaining his degree in Anthropology and African Studies.

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Do yourself a favor and read this spectacular piece on our unconscious biases.


Do yourself a favor and read this spectacular piece on our unconscious biases.


Eternally inspired by the photographs of iconic Malian photographer Seydou Keita.


Slick Rick


Slick Rick

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The idea that sex is something a woman gives a man, and she loses something when she does that, which again for me is nonsense. I want us to raise girls differently where boys and girls start to see sexuality as something that they own, rather than something that a boy takes from a girl.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (NPR)

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a lot of people are STILL asking me how Iggy Azalea is racist and homophobic so i’m just going to make a proper post 

in addition to all of this she also calls herself a “slave master” at 0:06 in this video

the amount of notes on this post

fuck this Iggy bitch

racists tweets - in addition to everything else

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Can’t Stop Blowing Everyone’s Minds on Twitter

Anonymous asked: I have an internal struggle with "identifying" as black. I know both of my parents are black and that supposedly makes me black, but its obvious that some of my ancestors were not black. And I have even received comments from other black people that I am not black because I have "good hair" and because I don't have the "typical" black features. Am I wrong for having this struggle?


No I wouldn’t necessarily say it’s “wrong” to have this struggle.. We don’t really get to choose our struggles.
But like I stressed with the anon before who asked a similar question, there’s really no such thing as “typical black” features or even typical black hair.
I get that you’re probably referring to browner skin and curly/kinky hair or whatever. (I’m gonna ignore the fact that used the phrase “good hair” as an indicator of non blackness cus I find that problematic) but “black” features are actually very diverse.

I don’t know if you’re American but in America (specifically) we deal with the repercussions of things like the “one drop rule”, enhanced by an overflow of Eurocentric beauty standards, the whole choose one race thing and the lack of resources and information about multiracial identities.
So it is not uncommon to wonder where one fits in when America continuously yells at anyone with a drop of black blood that they are black, yet whispers that if you’re light you can claim mixed heritage but you’ll still kinda always be black and makes sure no one ever forgets that. So in regards to that it’s easy to see that with everyone who identifies as black theres a lot of diversity in shades, tones, cultures, and ethnic backgrounds.

Maybe you should figure out for yourself what it is you’re really looking for. If you are looking to the black community to give you an identity, you aren’t gonna find it like that. If you’re looking to the mixed community to give you an identity, you aren’t gonna find it like that either. If you are looking for proof that you can “claim” mixed heritage I don’t know if you have to look that far. Most black Americans have mixed heritage. You said yourself its obvious you have non black ancestors. So there you go. But it doesn’t seem to me like that’s what you’re looking for. So first there is that to figure out.

No one is making you identify as one thing or another. Even if others feel the need to force a label on you, at the end of the day you are you and wherever you go people will assume what they assume and you’ll still be you and know who you are.

So maybe you’re looking for support in feeling comfortable in whatever identity you do choose to identify with. And hopefully on this blog you’ll see how much diversity there is and identify with people who may or may not look the way people expect them to look.

Here’s a link to something I think you’ll find interesting if you haven’t already seen it. It was a series on CNN called “Black in America”

Anyone remember One Drop ?


Simple equation that many don’t know


Simple equation that many don’t know

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this is like a sickness spreading across economic and state boundaries.  why is it that men think they should earn more for the same job ?  no way - work is work and it should be paid that way.

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nigga if you have ever been in the club when this shit plays and you in the club with a buncha real fucking niggas
shit gets fucking real
niggas fight to this shit
niggas wait for this shit to play

A lot of people have never heard this song & it honestly shocks me

I ain’t even press play and the goon in me was about to appear

always reblog

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