“Being a big sister is really fun. It’s also exciting—everyday you wake up there’s something new that happens because they’re changing and they’re growing up, getting older.”
-Amya Lewis, pictured with younger sister, Eden. Fall, 2015.
“I remember getting laughed at for wanting to skateboard. I didn't really pick it up until I was older because I just stopped giving a s—. Skateboarders are some of the best people I've ever met, always so free and creative and that's what I want to be. Free and creative. Skating is a freeing experience, it reminds me of who i am…I just love it.”
-Lauren Hogan, Summer, 2015.
May, 2016. Jeron Grayson Community Center - The Hill District, Pittsburgh, PA
Erika Turner, pictured outside of her pop up art gallery in the Homewood neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Summer, 2015.
"I started my [business] Knotzland out of my home; before it was mine it was my moms, and before her it belonged my grandfather. We always had visitors, that turned into roommates...like entire families living with us, and everyone was fed.
The uniqueness in this experience gave me and my siblings the opportunity to be exposed to many different people from different backgrounds. I learned almost everything I needed to know about humanity in this house and this is what I am channeling while building my business- the memories, the laughter, the tears, the pain are all alive and well in these four walls and when I am in [work] mode, that's where I'm pulling the energy from."
-Nisha Blackwell, pictured in her home office/studio. Summer, 2015.
“I don't think there is anything that can prepare you for motherhood. Since becoming a mother, I've searched for words to adequately describe how it feels to be one, and I've come to the conclusion that they do not exist.
I pray for my son every day, throughout the day, and I am so grateful for the village that is helping us raise him to be exceptional. I am also painfully aware, however, that no matter how exceptional he is, there are some who will refuse to see how special he is. I know that there are those who will perceive him as a threat, simply because he exists. So, it is our responsibility to raise a confident, free thinking, kind and independent black man, all while trying to help him reconcile the world outside of our village."
-Lingaire Njie, pictured with son Jibril. Summer, 2015.
“Home is where family loves, cries, grows, creates and learns. Even if a building isn't a personal home, it should have that feel. Where else would you strengthen the connection of family, but at home? 1Hood is very much family and the students my babies. I am grateful to have our own space and will always, God willing, open our door to build.”
-Celeste Smith, pictured with her student at 1Hood Media Academy
“The needs and level of care for everyone in the family is constantly changing. It's [a] priority that I'm physically available for my children, which has meant taking on working roles in and outside the home that allow me flex time. While the opportunities may be few and far between, hubby is great at arranging date nights for us to just have a few moments to reconnect.
My dietary and personal behavior choices point to living a life of wellness in an effort to feel, look, and think healthy. Time and financial resources are limited and the demands on my emotional and physical output are tremendous, so I find that healthy food and self-pampering help me to work through the challenges.”
-Rashaa Brown, pictured with husband Fred, and children. Summer, 2015.
Two friends in the city's Hill District discuss, among other things, how difficult it is to find good, affordable housing in the city currently. Summer, 2015.
April, 2016. Anti-Donald Trump rally - Downtown Pittsburgh, PA.
Members of the Allegheny County Jail (ACJ) Health Project protest for the removal of the jail warden after four deaths and several cases of medical neglect in the jail over the course of the year. Summer, 2015.
Marsha Mosley, pictured picking apples during a weekly trip to the farmers market with her sisters and friends. Fall, 2015.
"I study how cells communicate with one another.
My research team this summer was composed of a very talented group of woman scientists, all who have made considerable strides in their fields of study. I particularly recruited the members of this team in order to share tips with them for long term survival in science research careers and to help promote their continued academic climb.
I strongly feel that a diverse workforce trained in both medical and scientific research is critical for an integrated attack on the myriad of global problems confronting this world. We cannot afford to lose the talent, the strengths, and the capacities to see and address problems from different perspectives, that woman of color provide. There is a tremendous need to increase their presence in the scientific workforce in order to insure the develop of new technologies, to augment current procedures, and to transmit information and treatments to all populations."
-Dr. Sandra Murray, pictured speaking with two researchers in her lab. Summer, 2015.
“When I retired from teaching, I still wanted to be a lifelong learner. So, I began studying Horticulture. This path has been so rewarding as I witness my handiwork in God’s soil. Gardening has been especially therapeutic for me as I give care to my Mom, who is battling Dementia. The smell, feel, and touch of the plants renew me mentally and spiritually!”
-Joyce Kareem, pictured tending to her home garden. Summer, 2015.
The Candid Series
Scenes and narratives of black womanhood in Pittsburgh, ranging from little girls through elders.