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SAIC Alum Receives National Attention For Picturing Black Girlhood

SAIC alum Scheherazade Tillet (MA 2003) and her project Picturing Black Girlhood were both recently featured across an array of notable publications, including The Huffington Post and Broadly, Vice’s feminist online magazine. In the same spirit of SAIC’s collaborative tradition, Tillet organized the photography series and invited a collective of artists to contribute. "It's not just about empowering, but changing the conversation to make sure that black girls are at the center," Tillet told Broadly.

As the Huffington Post article notes, the collection features “the voices of women and girls from around the country, including South Carolina, New York, and Chicago. Although particularities separate the experiences of growing up in the South and New York City, a few themes manifested consistently throughout the show.” This includes the issue of reclaiming space and standing up against gendered violence.

For more information about Tillet and this work, visit the website for her Chicago-based organization A Long Walk Home.