Every month we will pick one 4BG social media participant to receive a selfie portrait from Atlanta-based artist Shanequa Gay (http://ShanequaGay.com). Black beauty is praise-worthy and should be commemorated. TO ENTER: COMMENT ON OUR SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS & On the 28th of every month we will pick the winner. Our social media pages are: Facebook https://www.facebook.com/4BGForBlackGirls Instagram https://www.instagram.com/forblackgirls1/ Twitter https://twitter.com/ForBlackGirls1
You will receive your portrait within 5 weeks.
“When I attended the reception to receive my portrait, I had a smile on my face that I haven’t had in awhile.” — Aniya Smith-Jones, H.S. Junior
Art is a powerful medium. So, in 2014 we partnered with Atlanta-based artist Shanequa Gay to render 12 images of selected young women on wood panel.
After the creation of the paintings, we had an event in November 2015 to celebrate the beauty of these young ladies and to award them each with their portrait and a crown. These moments were so powerful that we began to document the journey, a journey to empower other black girls and women to embrace just how beautiful they are.
Black beauty deserves to be memorialized. It is a form of activism to do so. Below are a few images from the event.