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Community needs to form task force to have influence in LHU ‘integration’ – Lock Haven Express09.23.20

The Clinton County community must rise up to engage and put pressure on the chancellor and the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education as they look to essentially merge Lock Haven, Mansfield and Bloomsburg Universities.

This is so much more important ever since PASSHE initially announced an integration plan between just Lock Haven and Mansfield Universities.

Frankly, with this latest edict late last week to add the much-larger Bloomsburg to the mix, we are alarmed and the community should be very alarmed, too. Is LHU to become a satellite campus of Bloomsburg?

We respectfully suggest the Clinton County Economic Partnership take the lead with the City of Lock Haven, county and others to form a task force without delay to make the communitys voice be heard and prevent PASSHE from making decisions in a vacuum. We need skin in this game.

Political pressure from state officials representing our county would help greatly and is sorely needed.

The situation is dire, and yes there are the realities of lower enrollment and fewer students on campus due to COVID-19, resulting in less revenue.

Indeed, COVID-19 has exacerbated all of the challenges LHU and its 13 sister universities within PASSHE face.

But this is just when we must take the fight to preserve this community asset to a whole new level.

LHU has announced it will eliminate about 100 jobs starting next year.

Furthermore, the university, as PASSHEs direction, is studying the elimination of numerous programs such as alternative education, foreign languages, physics, political science, geology, math, music, sociology, athletic training, history, art and more.

All of this, we believe, puts the sustainability of LHU at risk.

The following is from a report made at last weeks Lock Haven University board of trustees meeting: In an effort to staunch the financial losses incurred by PASSHE, the (chancellor) has set metrics as guidelines by which institutions must return to sustainability using 2010-2011 as the benchmark. Chief among these metrics is the requirement for LHU to raise its student to faculty ratio to 19.2 (from the current 14). Secondary to this ratio are the culling of academic programs to a number consistent with current enrollment and raising of class sizes.

For LHU, meeting these metrics requires the loss of 47 faculty FTE (full-time equivalent), placing 7 undergraduate programs in moratorium, and raising our average class size to 32. These changes will result in both a significant departure from practice and culture but also a marked upheaval of the academic enterprise. They are, nonetheless, both mandated and necessary to avoid the continual fiscal crisis in which LHU is currently embroiled.

LHU President Dr. Robert Pignatello has done a fabulous job managing the schools finances and overall operations amid the most difficult era in its 150 years of existence. Why isnt he being given a chance to develop a long-term sustainability plan?

Lock Haven University is a proud institution and has been since its founding in 1870, with more than 32,000 alumni across the United States and beyond.

The colleges impact on this small, rural area economically and culturally is immeasurable.

In recent years, the college has upped investment to provide education and certification for critical professions, from health-care (physician assistants and nurses), to teachers, biologists, criminal justice and law enforcement, business, outdoor recreation-wellness and so much more.

NOW is the time for area officials, LHU stakeholders and community residents to stand up and be heard. To put as much political and community pressure on PASSHE as can be mustered.

One of the most important roles of LHU is to educate and empower first-generation students.

We cannot give up on that ever.

Education is fundamental to creating prosperity and opportunity. It strengthens our democracy. It enriches our civic life, and serves as a pathway to economic success.

Lock Haven University, the community and all of its stakeholders must be able to chart a course to revival and success. Too much is at stake.

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From ceramics to skin: how art led to a career in dermatology – The BMJ09.21.20

Minal Singh, consultant dermatologist and medical educationalist, talks to Helen Jones about how her love of art helped her choose her career

Minal Singh describes her career in dermatology as someone elses fault. I completed a two week placement during medical school in Edinburgh with dermatologist John Hunter and was captivated by what he did and the way he explained the importance of skin problems, Singh says.

Her love of art, particularly ceramics and ink drawing, also played a role in her specialty choice. The visual nature of skinits colours and patternsappealed to the artist in me, Singh says. Furthermore, the dexterity required to surgically excise skin lesions came easily to me after the intricate hand building required in ceramics.

She was also influenced by her Asian heritage. Ive grown up in a culture where problems with your skin separate you from your family and community. You cant cure everything, but you can help people cope and give them the confidence to work through it.

Singh combines her dermatology practice with her role in medical education. As a junior doctor she enjoyed teaching but decided to move formally into medical education to be part of decision making conversations.

I had just returned from maternity leave when the Modernising Medical Careers debacle happened. We saw a tranche of amazing junior doctors not succeed in job applications. The system didnt work and I said to my husband, this is ridiculous, Singh says.

He asked what I was going to do about it. Gandhi said, Be the change you want to see in the world, which is something I live by. I knew that I couldnt improve things unless I was in the system to influence it.

That decision drove her to take on the role of a lecturer at the University of Manchester medical school, initially developing subspecialty placements and eventually leading curriculum changes.

This was followed by a promotion to professor in medical education. Undergraduate medicine is incredibly collaborative. It enables me to influence doctors from the day they walk into medical school and hopefully set them on a path that helps them and their patients, she explains.

When covid-19 hit, Singhs educational role became much more difficult. I led the design of a new curriculum that took six years to develop and then had to turn it on its head in three months, Singh says. When lockdown happened, we had students in placements in Europe and we had to tell them to come home. Knowing we had young people out there to bring home safely was stressful for all the team. We now have to maintain the confidence in our students that they will become doctors, despite the interruptions, something I know that we will make happen.

Ive known Minal for almost 20 years and have seen her diligence and enthusiasm get her to where she is today. She is a consultant dermatologist at Salford Royal Hospital and is a well respected member of the team. Her further skills lie in medical education.

She was awarded a principal fellowship of advanced higher education followed by a chair in medical education in August. This is a huge achievement and a rarity for a woman from an ethnic minority. She holds several national positions including chair of the undergraduate education workstream for the British Association of Dermatologists.

She is an inspiration to many with an unwavering belief in the potential of each and every healthcare student and trainee.

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Art of Sport secures $6 million in VC funding – Glossy09.21.20

On Monday, 2-year-old mens grooming brand Art of Sport, co-founded by Kobe Bryant, former Honest Company co-founder Brian Lee and entrepreneurMatthias Metternich received approximately $6 million in funding. CircleUp Growth Partners led the funding round, and was joined by Lightspeed Venture Partners and Dallas Mavericks-owner Mark Cuban, among others.

The investment will be used to expand the companys retail footprint by 600% by end of 2021, with undisclosed new partners adding to its current 1,600 Target doors. It will also be used to develop new products and invest in marketing and advertising online and out-of-doors. Art of Sport launched at Target in Feb. 2020 with 14 products, which are all below $13. Matthias Metternich, Art of Sport co-founder and CEO, said that Art of Sport addresses the unique needs of athletes and active people, such as excess sweating, aching joints and overexposure of skin to the sun and other environmental elements. He added that Art of Sport is going after the legacy brands like Axe and Old Spice, using its athletic branding combined with clean formulations and accessible price points to compete with them.

Weve designed and built Art of Sport to affect athletes everywhere, and athletes of all types, said Metternich. That means ensuring they can access our products and afford those products; [our prices] position the brand as really a potential sort of game-changer in the mens grooming category.

Initially launched DTC and self-funded, Art of Sport was able to recruit over six athletes with Kobe Bryants help, including NBA player James Harden and NFL player JuJu Smith-Schuster, to promote the brand to their collective 75 million social media followers.

Art of Sports investment comes amid the rapidly emerging trend of athletic and sports-focused personal care and beauty brands. Credo recently partnered with Venus Williamson sunscreen brand EleVen, whileEste Lauder and SK-IIhave ambassadorships with MME fighter Ronda Rousey and Olympic gymnast Simone Biles, respectively. There are also brands that fall under the active beauty category, which caters specifically to athletic customers unique needs, while Beam is looking to CBD athletic supplements. Art of Sports significant early funding is evidence of the larger institutional support for this type of brand.

Art of Sport has a first-to-market brand position and the type of business fundamentals that are pivotal to accelerated, healthy growth, said Benjamin Lee, CircleUp Growth Partners managing director. With their momentum, authentic connection to their community and differentiated product offerings, the company is ready to lead the personal care industry into a new era.

Art of Sports advertising and marketing approach is two-pronged, with national TV ads and hyper-local in-person touchpoints between athletes and fans. Art of Sport began running broadcast commercials featuring Harden and Smith-Schuster in March 2020, and it has also worked with about 50 local sports organizations and sports performance gyms since 2018 to host experiential events and sampling activations. In addition, it places sample products in vending machines at fitness gyms, which are now reopening, and it previously held an in-person meet-and-greet campaign featuring Smith-Schuster in downtown L.A. and near the USC football stadium where he went to college.

Art of Sport has faced unique challenges in 2020, as Bryant passed away in January and live sports were canceled in March. One bright spot was that, in April, ESPN aired the 10-episode documentary on Michael Jordan called The Last Dance, in which Art of Sport had advertising spots.It gave the brand a significant platform. With no other sports content available, the documentary became the most-viewed ESPN documentary ever and exposed Art of Sport to an average of 5.6 million people per episode. Art of Sport has since shifted advertising spending back to live sports, with the NBA returning to TV in August.

Whenever there are live sports, we can show commercials that are relevant to that demographic. And because its live sports, people are still tuning in, whereas most audiences are switching over to [non-commercial] streaming and to Netflix, said Metternich. And as a result of us being able to leverage our athlete partners in local [activations] that are relevant to those people and those locations, were able to also resonate with those communities during those moments.

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Misonix Enters Into Exclusive Supply and Distribution Agreement With Gunze Limited for TheraGenesis Bilayer Wound Matrix – GlobeNewswire09.21.20

FARMINGDALE, N.Y., Sept. 21, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Misonix, Inc. (Nasdaq: MSON) (Misonix) a provider of minimally invasive therapeutic ultrasonic medical devices and regenerative tissue products that enhance clinical outcomes, announced today that it has entered into an exclusive supply and distribution agreement with Gunze Limited for TheraGenesis Bilayer Wound Matrix. TheraGenesis is a proprietary, FDA cleared, porcine tendon derived collagen wound matrix with a silicone film layer used to treat trauma, burn and reconstructive wounds.

Stavros Vizirgianakis, Chief Executive Officer of Misonix, commented, We are honored to have entered into a partnership with Gunze Limited and very much look forward to working together with their world-class team. The addition of TheraGenesis to our wound product portfolio, allows us to effectively compete in the U.S. xenograft skin substitute market. We have witnessed the success that Gunze Limited has achieved in marketing TheraGenesis outside the US under the brand name Pelnac, and we are confident that we will substantially build upon that success in the domestic market. The addition of TheraGenesis positions Misonix to compete effectively and gain market share in the traumatic, burn and reconstructive wound market, whereas TheraSkin, is our leading skin substitute to treat chronic wounds, and the recently added Therion allows us to compete in the amniotic tissue market for both wound and surgical applications. We are the only company to offer the competitive advantage of state-of-the-art ultrasonic debridement with SonicOne together with best-in-class skin substitutes to ensure optimal wound bed preparation resulting in better outcomes.

TheraGenesis is complimentary and expansive to Misonixs current tissue regeneration wound portfolio of TheraSkin and SonicOne, offering a strong competitive entry into the xenograft skin substitute segment of the over $1 billion U.S. skin substitute market and enables Misonix to leverage the growth opportunities in healing chronic wounds as well as in treating trauma and burn wounds.

Shinichiro Morita, Corporate Officer and General Manager of the Medical Division of Gunze Limited added, "Partnering with Misonix to bring TheraGenesis to the U.S. market is an exciting and positive development for Gunze. This alliance allows Gunze to expand its global footprint with a clinically proven skin substitute, Pelnac, while providing Misonix with an opportunity to synergistically expand their advanced wound care product portfolio. For the past 20 years, we have been providing innovative solutions for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine to medical professionals across over 35 countries, helping patients and health care providers achieve better clinical outcomes.

AboutMisonix, Inc.Misonix, Inc.(Nasdaq: MSON) is a provider of minimally invasive therapeutic ultrasonic medical devices and regenerative tissue products. Its surgical team markets and sells BoneScalpel and SonaStar, which facilitate precise bone sculpting and removal of soft and hard tumors and tissue, primarily in the areas of neurosurgery, orthopedic, plastic and maxillo-facial surgery. The Company's wound team markets and sells TheraSkin, Therion, TheraGenesis and SonicOne to debride, treat and heal chronic and traumatic wounds in inpatient, outpatient and physician office sites of service. AtMisonix, Better Matters! That is why throughout the Companys history,Misonixhas maintained its commitment to medical technology innovation and the development of products that radically improve outcomes for patients. Additional information is available on the Company's web site at http://www.misonix.com.

About Gunze LimitedGunze was founded in Kyoto, Japan in 1896, and today operates a diverse business as a leading developer and manufacturer of Medical Devices, Apparel, Plastic Films, Plastics and Electronic Components. Gunze has more than 6,100 employees worldwide across 10 countries. The Medical Device business, established in 1985, has a substantial footprint over 35 countries. Its head office and manufacturing facility is located in Kyoto, Japan, and has subsidiaries in the U.S., EU, and China. By applying innovative fiber and polymer processing technologies, Gunze manufactures a comprehensive range of medical products focused on bioabsorbable and biocompatible materials such as skin substitutes, tissue reinforcement felt, bone fixation devices, dural substitutes and suture thread. Our mission will continue to be centered on advancing the quality of life of patients by providing innovative solutions to improve clinical outcomes.

Safe Harbor StatementWith the exception of historical information contained in this press release, content herein may contain forward looking statements that are made pursuant to the Safe Harbor Provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on managements current expectations and are subject to uncertainty and changes in circumstances. Investors are cautioned that forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the statements made. These factors include general economic conditions, the impact of COVID-19, or other pandemics, and the impact of related governmental, individual and business responses. This includes our ability to obtain or forecast accurate surgical procedure volume in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic; the risk that the COVID-19 pandemic could lead to further material delays and cancellations of, or reduced demand for, surgical procedures; curtailed or delayed capital spending by hospitals and surgical centers; potential closures of our facilities; delays in gathering clinical evidence; diversion of management and other resources to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak; the impact of global and regional economic and credit market conditions on healthcare spending; the risk that the COVID-19 virus disrupts local economies and causes economies in our key markets to enter prolonged recessions; the ability of our staff to travel to work; our ability to maintain adequate inventories and delivery capabilities; the impact on our customers and supply chain, and the impact on demand in general. These forward-looking statements are also subject to uncertainties and change resulting from delays and risks associated with the performance of contracts; risks associated with international sales and currency fluctuations; uncertainties as a result of research and development; acceptable results from clinical studies, including publication of results and patient/procedure data with varying levels of statistical relevancy; risks involved in introducing and marketing new products; potential acquisitions; consumer and industry acceptance; litigation and/or court proceedings, including the timing and monetary requirements of such activities; the timing of finding strategic partners and implementing such relationships; regulatory risks including clearance of pending and/or contemplated 510(k) filings; our ability to achieve and maintain profitability in our business lines; access to capital; and other factors described from time to time in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2020, subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K. The Company disclaims any obligation to update its forward-looking statements.

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All Things Being Equal: Hank Willis Thomas at the Cincinnati Art Museum – WOSU09.21.20

Susan Byrnes | Community Voices

Artist Hank Willis Thomas first major retrospective, All Things Being Equal is open at the Cincinnati Art Museum. It was planned long before the pandemic hit and the country marched in protest of the murder of George Floyd. Now Thomass work, which addresses the ongoing struggle for liberty and equality that African Americans face, communicates with even greater urgency. The show has over 100 works including photography, video, interactive installations, sculptures, neon, and even textiles.

The very first thing you see when you enter the exhibit is a giant, 800 pound Afro pick comb with a Black Power fist at the top, titled All Power to All People. He took this object, common in many African American homes, and made it a new kind of public monument. It stakes its claim, piercing the ground with stainless steel rods for teeth. Thomas works with ordinary, everyday imagery, looking at history as well as current culture to create his multi-media art.

In a recent virtual discussion, he talked about one of his earliest inspirations, his mother, She took it upon herself to go and find photographs from the 19th century taken by Black photographers of Black people."

Debora Willis is a photography scholar and MacArthur Genius Award recipient whose groundbreaking book subverted stereotypical and racist representations of Black people in popular culture.

I grew up while she was doing that research," says Thomas. "Her first book was called Black Photographers 1840-1940 A Bio- Bibliography. And, who knew that there were images of African Americans that were so beautiful and dignified, taken two decades before the Emancipation Proclamation? Black people were making photographs.

And he builds on that tradition. Photography is often at the core of his work, even if it takes the form of a sculpture or a painting. Thomas focuses on that specific detail in a photograph that sticks in your mind.

Exhibition curator Nathaniel Stein describes how Thomas turned one such detail into a wall filled with two long rows of white canvases, On each canvas theres a very carefully painted black lettering which bears a statement relating to the phrase I AM A MAN which is a phrase that comes from a sign that was held up by the strikers in the Memphis sanitation workers strike in 1968.

In a historical photograph of the strike, soldiers point guns at the marching workers, who carry identical signs, but in Thomas interpretation, each of the twenty canvases say something differentBe A Man Am I A Man Aint I A Woman. The last phrase is I AM, AMEN.

So that the work ends with a phrase that expresses with profound economy, the fundamental revelation that the most important thing of all is that you exist, says Stein.

In addition to history, Thomas uses the visual language of advertising photography to create the series Branded, questioning corporate profits and the exploitation of Black people, especially in the sports world. His photographs feature Nike swooshes as scars in skin, and a chain connecting a ball to a soccer players ankle. I saw these with Darren Anderson, a former NFL player and a member of the museums community committee.

I will tell you that when I first got involved with the committee, I thought I would be talking about the positive images that the athletes brought to marketing, says Anderson.

But Thomas take changed his thinking. We looked at one picture called The Cotton Bowl, after the college football game student athletes play without pay.

Theres a black man picking cotton with a straw hat, and hes in a 3-point position, and he is our past," says Anderson. "He did it for free, he worked his butt off, from the beginning of the morning to the middle of the night, and then on the other side of him going against him is another Black athlete in a three-point stance. That athlete is in his football uniform and helmet. In both instances, theyre doing it for free, theyre doing it with all their heart, and the guy in the football uniform is not at all receiving any of the long term benefits that this game of football brings to so many Americans.

Thomas work can be hard to look at. One realistic sculpture shows a man with limbs being pulled in four directions between the National Guard and protesters. This really disturbed Darren, so we moved on.

At the end though, Darren said he was glad he experienced the show, It changes your mind and allows your mind to grow hopefully in a way that you can process it better every time you have issues with people that dont see you like you see you.

Being seen, and seeing oneself within the context of our culture, in all its complexity, is what Thomas is trying to communicate. His art shows us to ourselves.

And so Im not outside of the system that Im trying to critique. I dont think anyone truly can be, Thomas says of his work.

So Thomas is making change from within, reshaping our cultural symbols with a critical eye that rises to these times. All Things Being Equal is open through November 8.

Culture Couch is created at the Eichelberger Center for Community Voices at WYSO and supported by WYSO Leaders Frank Scenna and Heather Bailey, who are proud to support storytelling that sparks curiosity, highlights creativity and builds community.

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Hats in the Garden Tea and Auction to benefit Hope Clinic for Women – Fallbrook / Bonsall Villlage News09.21.20

FALLBROOK Hope Clinic for Women will host its annual Hats in the Garden Tea and Auction Saturday, Oct. 10, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., online this year due to COVID-19. The speaker for the event is Kristen Lascola, a pastor at North Coast Church in Fallbrook. She hosts the "Ministry Coach Podcast" with her husband Jeff.

Funds raised at the event will support HCW's newly licensed free primary care medical clinic for free testing for pregnancy and ultrasounds and support resources for over 800 anticipated clients visits from local mothers and fathers in their programs.

HCW's demographic of 17-24-year-olds is 10.9% of the Fallbrook population. They have the greatest risk for unplanned pregnancy, unhealthy relationships, the lack of education and children at home adding additional stress to their lives. Hope's fundraising goal for Hats in the Garden is $40,000.

HCW will provide a "Party in a Box" for sponsors of $250 or more to host an outdoor patio party for eight or to have their guests enjoy the event from the comfort of their own homes.

Guests may bid on auction items from their phones, iPads, laptops or computers. Passes for the auction are only $10. Upon registration, HCW will provide the link that takes guests to the online event and auction site.

This wheelbarrow full of garden supplies is available in the silent auction part of the fundraiser for Hope Clinic for Women.

To make this year's Hats in the Garden Auction one to remember, the HCW auction committee asked that the community consider donating any variety of items for the auction, such as gift packages, gift certificates, original art or crafts, skin care products, services such as haircuts and massages, overnight stays at hotels, toys, books, men's items, children's activity baskets, etc.

Donors to the auction receive recognition in HCW's social media, including Facebook, Twitter, website and e-newsletter, and at the event. HCW requests that all auction donations be dropped off at 125 E. Hawthorne St. in Fallbrook no later than Sept. 30.

Anyone who has questions or wants to arrange a donation drop off or pick up may call Carolyn at 760-728-4105, ext. 10, or email [emailprotected] Sponsorships and in-kind gift donations for the event are tax deductible and are appreciated.

Those interested may visit http://www.fprcforlife.com/Events/Hats-in-the-Garden for additional information.

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Latinx-Owned Businesses to Support in Hoboken + Jersey City – hobokengirl.com09.21.20

From flavorful food to music that you cant help but move to, and century-old traditions, Latinx cultures are uniquely special, and historically made up of hard-working people. Its important to note that the term Latinx refers to all Latino American, Central American, Caribbean, and Indigenous people of all orientations. The roots of the Latinx community are rich and come in all colors, shapes, and sizes. All of the countries and islands that make up this beautiful community are one-of-a-kind but the Latinidad as a whole is intersectional and remarkable.

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, weve highlighted some of the Latino-owned businesses in Hoboken and Jersey City. But make no mistake, we should not solely celebrate the heritage of the Latino community one month out of the year, we should celebrate it every single day. Read on to learn more about some of the Latino leaders in the area that you can show support.

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Hoboken-based 718 Beauty Bar is a full-service salon that specializes in nails, makeup, waxing, and lashes. Owned and operated by two sisters, Fanairy Sanchez and Maricarmen Antigua who are of Dominican descent its quickly become a much-loved spot in the Mile Square. Fay is a professional makeup artist, certified esthetician, and licensed massage therapist, and Mary has a bachelors in labor relations and has always been passionate about quality customer experience.

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The Artist Makeup Academy {AMA} was founded by Juliette Collazo who is of Puerto Rican descent. She operates makeup academies in both Hoboken and Miami where students can choose from nine different makeup courses ranging from product knowledge to special occasion makeup, as well as nine courses in beauty and fashion. The academy also offers freelance, multimedia, and master programs. Non-students who are looking for professional makeup can book the artists. Their wedding day glam is gorg!

This salon has been serving the residents of Hoboken for the past six years. Blo it Out Lounge was founded by BNR sisters Lorrie Centeno and Desiree Velez who are of Puerto Rican descent. The salon offer hair, makeup, eyelash, and spray tan services. Some of the specialty services they provide are the keratin signature smoothing solution, scalp massages, and deep conditioning hair treatments. Additionally, the salon offers professional bridal hair and makeup services on-location, as well as mobile services.

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Culina Health is a health business designed to support clients on their journey to a healthier life. Vanessa Rissetto is the co-founder of the company and is of Haitian descent. She is a local dietitian and nutritionist helping Hoboken and Jersey City residents make each day and meal a bit healthier. Culinas coaching program combines evidenced-based nutrition with health coaching techniques to help you understand and overcome the physical, mental, environmental, and behavioral challenges getting in the way of reaching your goals. Vanessa is also a contributing writer for Hoboken Girl, view her articles here.

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This barbershop is owned by Luis Lugo also known as Junior, who is of Haitian and Puerto Rican descent as well as a local native. Luis has been a professional stylist with over 15 years of experience in the industry. Crew Hair Studios provides mens services in an enjoyable and relaxing atmosphere.

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This beauty studio was founded by Erica Cerpa, who is of Puerto Rican descent. Erica started off as a skincare educator and evolved her businesses into what it is today, a successful spa that offers microdermabrasion, chemical peels, oxygen facials, waxing, paraffin treatments, spray tanning, dermaplaning, and more. Her team is made up of Latinas as well, including Grace Sibilia, an esthetician, who is also of Puerto Rican descent and is originally from Hoboken.

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Jennifer is an author, psychic medium, trance healer, and Usui reiki master who is half Puerto Rican. She has a background in creating plant-based recipes, bhakti yoga, and meditation. Jennifer believes that being healthy is not only about the foods we eat but about the mind, body, spirit as a collective whole. Her services include reiki and trance healing, energy healing, mediumistic and psychic readings, oracle and tarot readings, aura color readings, guided meditations, and more. Follow her on Instagram for her latest recipes and spiritual tips.

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Rosemarie is a business attorney of Puerto Rican descent and a second-generation Latina BNR in Hoboken. With nearly two decades of practice experience, she has extensive knowledge in various practice areas, including business, cannabis, insurance, environmental, regulatory compliance, and real estate law. If you are looking for an attorney that understands the risks and complexities of running a successful, legally compliant business and offers a thoughtful, balanced and cost-effective approach to best practices, problem-solving, and risk mitigation, she is the attorney for you. Rosemarie recently graduated from the first-ever Latina Entrepreneurship Training Series {LETS} sponsored by the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey. The only attorney in her graduating class, she often counseled her classmates and assisted them in preparing legal documents in her free time. As a result, she was invited to be a legal coach for LETS and the Hispanic Entrepreneurship Training Program.

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Little Linguists is a Spanish immersion program daycare center for children ages 1 6 years and has a passion for Spanish/Latin culture and language learning. The center was co-founded by Margarita Garcia, a Hoboken BNR who is of Puerto Rican and Dominican descent. Margarita is also the Hoboken Dual Language Charter Schools (HoLa) summer camp, aftercare, and enrichment coordinator since 2010. Previously, she worked as a Unit Director at the Hoboken Boys and Girls Club, and as a co-teacher at Stevens Cooperative.

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Lorraine Fred opened a salon in her hometown of Hoboken in 2000. She is of Puerto Rican descent and her expertise spans all aspects of beauty, fashion, hair, and makeup. In 2003, Lorraines House of Styles transformed into a teaching salon where other associates can learn how to hone their skills in color, corrective color, creative color, cut, and styling. In 2019, her salon was recognized as health-conscious for implementing environmentally-friendly practices. The salon offers hair services for women and men {including textured hair}, makeup, eyelashes, and eyebrow services.

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This clothing boutique is in its own league. The founder Valerie Duardo, who is of Cuban descent, open the doors to her popular shop in 2013 and its been a local favorite ever since. Mint Market has locations in both Hoboken and Jersey City. Customers can find the shops lined with the latest trends that are perfect for a day look or night out on the town. The best part is that they also carry rare vintage clothes and accessories from brands like Chanel, Gucci, and Prada. The boutiques Instagram page is definitely worth a follow for its amazing inspo!

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Muneca Mullins Studio is a full-service creative space that allows you to revitalize your appreciation for yourself and/or your brand. The owner, Danielle Mullins who is of Ecuadorian descent, is spirited and full of vibrant energy that will help bring out the best in your brand. Her studio offers everything for new styling techniques through clothing and interior design, to rebranding through photoshoots and e-commerce sites. She can revive, beautify, and restore your love for your craft, whatever that may be. So if youre thinking about taking your brand to the next level, this is your safe space.

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Hobokens newest contemporary art gallery was founded by Walter John Rodriguez who is of Cuban descent and Aaron Boucher. He and Aaron opened Rexer Gallery just a few weeks ago and its already becoming a local favorite. Currently, Walter is producing a series titled Cold Front that consists of realistic figure portraits that attempt to present a psychological portrait without showing faces. Art-lovers can view Walters works at Rexer. To me, the title artist begins and ends there because to admit to being a Latino artist is to allow a small degree of division in contemporary art in a time when we need unity. To me, art is the last remaining gift and purely universal platform that exists to heal the world, says Walter.

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This barbershop was founded by Steven Louis Torres who moved to Hoboken from Newark and is of Cuban and Spanish descent. He came from a family of entrepreneurship and is proud to represent his Latino community as a local business owner right here in the Mile Square. Spesh is gender-neutral and has a dope vibe with a modern feel. The menu is based on the length of your hair {short, mid-length, and long} so that people of all genders and identities can get the style and look they want. Bonus, virtual consultations are now possible, so if youre looking for a change but not ready to hit up the salon just yet, meet with a stylist over a video call to discuss your goals.

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Studio 17 is a full-service, concierge aesthetic practice providing a wide range of services. The founder, Dr. Briza Walter is of Brazilian descent accommodates every client by customizing the treatment program that best meets your individual need, schedule, and budget. The design of the studio is intended to welcome patients to a relaxing and enjoyable experience while offering an array of services. Botox, lip and cheek fillers, vampire facials, and non-invasive ultrasound lifts are just a few of the beauty services the studio offers.

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The Cupcake Carriage is the latest venture of Tennille Ortiz who is of Puerto Rican descent. Tennille feels that growing up in Spanish Harlem was the best way to embrace her roots and prepared her for what her true purpose is. She is a self-taught cake designer who specializes in custom fondant cakes, cupcakes, and confections. The Cupcake Carriage was originally a cupcake decorating birthday party service for kids, but in light of COVID-19, Tennille switched gears and transformed the truck into a mobile bakery that can be found on Sinatra Drive throughout the week.

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This workshop is the perfect place to put your handyman and handywoman skills to test. The DIY Joint is owned and operated by Priscilla Van Houten, who is of Puerto Rican descent, who founded this local spot from a determination to give others an exciting, fun, and empowering experience while building a community of makers and creators. Fret not if you dont have a personal toolbox, the studio has professional-grade tools and equipment in-house. You can learn the craft of woodworking from friendly, expert instructors, taking the guesswork and fear out of using power tools.

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Trim is a full-service barbershop owned and operated by brothers Dairen and Leo Coto. Originally from the Mile Square, they are of Dominican and Honduran descent. Dairen began his journey cutting his friends hair in high school to running a successful business. Trim barbershop is popular among residents, and brings back the lost art of a hot towel shave, while still catering to the modern man. Dairen, Leo, and their sister Yasmin are the founders behind Hobokens first public fishing club that recently launched.

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This hair salon is operated by Marsha Agusto, who is of Puerto Rican descent. Beauty Within offers full hair and nail services for women, as well as a barber section for men with the well-known professional barber and Jersey City native, Rennie Sosa, who is of Dominican descent. In the wake of Hurricane Maria, Marsha raised money to fly to Puerto Rico to provide free hair services to locals who were affected by the devastating destruction.

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Doody Free Girl is a colon hydrotherapy practice founded by Jen Gonzalez, who is of Cuban and Chinese descent. Jen administers gravity colonics, a fast and gentle way to detox your bowels. On her website, she blogs about her bathroom experiences for the sake of helping readers combat bathroom anxiety and inspire them to just let their shit go. Additionally, she hand makes Bathroom Soy Travel Candles scented with lemongrass essential oil and complete with Doody Free Girl Shit-Anywhere matches.

Business owners who are seeking application writers, security technology installation, or post-license security compliance audits, look no further, Aida Colon-Sanchez of EOC Technology Innovations is your gal. Aida is of Puerto Rican descent and is the former Deputy Coordinator for the City of Jersey City Office of Emergency Management/Homeland Security {the first Latina to hold that role for over a decade}. Her business is a minority woman-owned technology company that focuses on public safety tech that includes surveillance cameras, 911 communications technology, body temperature cameras, and access control. In the last four years, she has integrated her public safety technology experience within the cannabis industry application security writing.

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EVOLVE Design Company is an independent, full-service brand strategy and design consultancy that specializes in working with startups, businesses, and brands to gain a competitive advantage in the digital marketplace. The company is owned and operated by Ezekiel Rivera, who is of Nicaraguan and Dominican descent. EVOLVE Design is part of the EVOLVE family of companies which also include EVOLVE Print and EVOLVE Sourcing. As an organization, EVOLVE is a one-stop-shop for brand strategy and development, strategic design, purpose-driven marketing, and specialized product development needs.

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This coffee shop started off as a chic coffee truck and due to it being wildly successful among residents, Evan Santiago was able to open a brick-and-mortar location. Evan created the small menu himself, as well as handpicked and sometimes handcrafted every piece of furniture. Almost every dish on it reflects his personal and thoughtful approach. There is a sopa, he makes that consists of chicken soup loaded with celery, carrots, onions, kale, and plantain a hybrid of Tuscan bean stew and Latin chicken soup, and a salute to his own Latin and Italian heritage.

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Ashley Jacklyn is a Jersey City raised and based photographer who is of Puerto Rican descent. Her photography is mainly focused on fashion and editorial work, lifestyle and stylized portraiture, and skin retouching. Jacklyn works with small businesses to create awesome content for their social media. She also has a mental illness called Generalized Anxiety Disorder that she openly talks about on her personal Instagram account @ashleyjacklyn.c.

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The very popular indoor Midnight Market was founded by Jersey City natives Perla Nieves who is of Dominican descent and Alysis Vasquez. Foodies, if you havent already been to The Midnight Market, make sure you buy tickets to the next one! Launched in 2016, the 21-and-over event takes place in the Harborside Atrium from 6:30PM -10PM and pre-COVID, it took place bi-monthly, featuring about 20 rotating food vendors for $5 or $7 a pop for each vendors food-tasting option. The event is hosted indoors during the winter months so that food vendors {many women-owned} without a brick-and-mortar location have a space to showcase their goods. If that isnt enough to entice you, there is a live DJ spinning music all night.

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This chic salon brings Manhattan-style to the Chilltown area with relaxing, desert-like vibes, and affordable prices. Paloma was founded by Gisella Amaya who is of El Salvadoran descent and her husband Ken. The salon offers an array of cuts and colors for both men and women, including balayage, a dimensional look that can carry clients for months without having to touch up, as well as smoothing and keratin treatments that are formaldehyde-free, extensions, and regular and barber cuts.

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Salsa Fever On2 is a Salsa dance academy that was founded in 2000 by Mario Gonzalez, who is of Puerto Rican and Cuban descent. Mario was born and raised in Hoboken and later moved to Jersey City with his wife Yvelisse. The academy offers dance classes to Hudson County locals with a structured curriculum that is conducive to all dance levels and offers classes for all Latin dances. His main intention for the dance studio is still to inform the students and give them the proper awareness of the history and keep to the authenticity of salsa dancing.

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Thispet care company is a Latina-run business that was founded by Judy Nunez who is of Dominican descent and a self-proclaimed pet-lover since birth. Tails on Trails has offered services to the Jersey City community since 2012, everything from daily small-group dog walks to private cat boarding services. In her spare time, Judy has been a stage manager for the local Jersey City arts community.

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Yahaira, who is of Dominican descent, has been cutting, styling, and coloring hair in Jersey City for many years. Her salon offers several hair services for women and girls including cuts, styling, coloring, extensions, highlights, balayage, relaxer, and keratin treatments, as well semi-permanent makeup treatments such as ombre brows, microblading, microshading, ombre lips, aquarelle lips, eyeliner, and lash lifts. You name it, her salon can do it!

Do you know of any Latino-owned businesses in the area? Let us know in the comments!

Victoria is a fourth-generation Hoboken native, BNR in the Mile Square and part-time in Jersey City. Through playing softball for fourteen years, playing the trumpet for the Hoboken High School Redwings Band, and graduating from New Jersey City University, these two cities have a special place in her heart. When she isnt Style Assisting or volunteering at Symposia Bookstore, Hoboken Fire Museum/Hoboken Historical Museum, shes exploring everything the Concrete Jungle has to offer. You can catch her at art exhibitions, local festivities, traveling, diving into a new book, thrifting or indulging in some form of arts and crafts.

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‘Beast Mode’ on the ice – The Jamie Benn investment is finally paying off for the Dallas Stars – ESPN09.21.20

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Tyler Seguin has been teammates with Jamie Benn since 2013. With the Dallas Stars playing in the Stanley Cup Final, it's been a time for reflection for these friends and linemates.

"It's great. We've been through a lot of stuff," Seguin said as a grin crept across his face during a recent news conference. "A lot of things have been said about us and said about him. And now we're in this moment, with an opportunity in front of us, to prove a lot of people wrong."

Seated next to him, Benn let his eyes dart around the empty room as Seguin spoke. The Dallas captain dropped his gaze to the table, smiling through a thicket of playoff beard. Because there has been a thing or two said about Jamie Benn in recent years.

Benn's star-making moment was in 2014-15, when he won the Art Ross Trophy for leading the NHL in points with 87, which critics noted was the lowest ever for an 82-game season. In July 2016, after a 41-goal season, he signed a massive eight-year, $76 million contract with the Stars. It paid him $36 million in salary from 2017-18 through this season, but his offensive output has dropped precipitously in that span: From 1.09 points per game in 2015-16 to just 0.57 this season in 69 games, the lowest rate since his rookie season.

That lack of production combined with a $9.5 million cap hit inspired many to consider his deal "a bad contract" that "could get ugly very quickly." It even inspired one Dallas fan to produce a 13-minute video detailing Benn's earnings vs. his lack of offense.

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The most infamous criticism of Benn came from inside the franchise, though. In December 2018, Stars CEO Jim Lites called both Benn and Seguin "f---ing horse s---" after a regular-season game against the Nashville Predators. Lites, now the team's chairman, said that Benn "stirs the drink" for the Stars but that he wasn't playing to the expectations established by his past performances or his compensation. It was a scathing, stunning criticism from team management of one of its star players.

"You know, I think people have dissected him too much sometimes," Dallas general manager Jim Nill said of Benn. "Now they're seeing who he is."

Entering Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday, Benn has 18 points in 22 games this postseason, including eight goals. He's been a physical force, a clutch performer and an emphatic leader. The closer to the championship the Stars have gotten, the better he has played, with 14 points in his past 13 games.

"This is the reason why you play the game. To go through so many battles with your teammates, through the ups and downs," Benn said. "You face adversity at times, and if you can come out on top, it makes it all worth it."

Mike Modano watched from afar as Benn faced adversity for the past three seasons and the criticisms piled up. The Hockey Hall of Famer and Dallas Stars legend played with Benn at the end of his 20-year run with the franchise, and he knows about the burden on a star player to live up to his compensation.

"I think it's the general thing that happens when you're signing a big, lucrative deal. Over time, those top-end guys return the investment. But it's that initial first year or two where you're like, 'I've gotta live up to this number. I've gotta put up huge numbers on the board.' And then you feel like nothing happened. So it almost has a reverse effect on you," Modano, now an adviser with the Minnesota Wild, told ESPN.

"There's a little bit of stress and pressure that come with it, to really feel like you're deserving of that kind of money. It usually comes with production and points. But he does a lot more than put up points," Modano said. "He's the captain. He's playing the [type] of hockey that his team is expected to play, the front-runner in that situation who sets the tone. In that aspect, it seems like he's done fairly well."

Benn has done exceptionally well in the playoffs. Although his regular-season output has wavered, his production in the postseason hasn't. Entering Monday, Benn has 48 points in 54 career playoff games. As Modano noted, his impact goes beyond the score: Benn is a tempo-setting physical force, skating 16:20 per game and doling out 70 hits this postseason. With apologies to Marshawn Lynch, the Stars have a term for Benn's playoff performance: "Beast Mode."

Dallas coach Rick Bowness says this is the best hockey he has seen Benn play during the coach's two seasons with the Stars.

"He's the Jamie Benn I remember coaching against when we were in Tampa," said Bowness, who was an assistant under Lightning coach Jon Cooper from 2013 to 2018. "It's great to see him being rewarded. Everybody's noticing the goals, the points, but man, everything he does to help us win, everything he does in the locker room, everything he does in practice and on the bench during games, we notice that. You guys don't get that opportunity."

There are few players in the NHL whose public and private personas are as starkly different as Benn's are. In front of the media, he's reserved and short-spoken, sometimes to the point that he's considered standoffish.

"He's not really long-winded or conversational with media. Being around him when he's talking with the media, it seems like the last thing he wants to be doing," Modano said. "Especially when you're a captain and you've got all your responsibilities day in and day out of speaking to the media and showing your face and answering some questions like the head coach does."

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In the dressing room, there's a different persona.

"His whole demeanor with the guys, as opposed to the media, is completely opposite," Modano said. "He's got a bit of a dry humor to himself. Loves to crack jokes at guys' expense. I think he's more comfortable in his own skin when he's around his teammates."

There have been glimpses of this Jamie Benn during the "inside the room" videos released during the playoffs, through shows like Quest for the Stanley Cup on ESPN+. There are scenes like the one before the Stars played Game 7 against the Colorado Avalanche, when Benn shouted out the starting lineup for Dallas to his enthusiastic teammates before punctuating it with this battle cry: "We're not going home, boys! We're not going home!"

It's the same mantra parroted by Joel Kiviranta after tallying a hat trick in that Game 7 and by goalie Anton Khudobin after the Stars eliminated the Vegas Golden Knights in the conference final.

"It's fun in the locker room," Benn said. "One of the best teams, if not the best team, that I've played on."

The architect of this team is Nill, who was hired in 2013. When Benn signed his eight-year extension in 2016, he cited Nill as a major reason he remained with Dallas instead of dabbling in free agency, saying at the time that "he's a mastermind and we both have the same goal in mind."

For the first time in either of their tenures in Dallas, that goal is in reach. Nill was confident that his captain was vital to eventually reaching it -- despite all the noise about his salary and his production.

"Unfortunately, sometimes players get tagged more about their contract than who they are as people and as players. Jamie, internally for us, has always lived up to his expectations. It's not always about points. Would he like to be the Art Ross winner every year? Yes, every player would like to be. But there are a lot of intangibles that go into how guys play. Jamie is one of those guys," Nill said.

"He's our captain. He drives the bus for us. As he goes, we go. We're witnessing that now."

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On Photographing Black Skin: Antwaun Sargent & Joshua Kissi In Conversation – AnOther Magazine09.17.20

September 16, 2020

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Art critic and writer Antwaun Sargentand photographer Joshua Kissihave committed themselves to uplifting Black voices and identities through visual representation. Kissi has trained his eye on highlighting the majestic shimmer of Black and brown skin tones through his punchy portraits of Black subjects, which includes Jaden Smith, Tyga, Cynthia Erivo, and his recent workfor Beyoncs critically acclaimed visual project, Black is King. Meanwhile, Sargent has risen to prominence through profiling Black artists like Kissi and others for the New York Times and The New Yorker. Last year, he penned an art book, The New Black Vanguard,which shined a light on the exciting Black talent forging a new moment, or better said, movement, in photography.

During a recent summer morning, Sargent and Kissi talked over the phone from their respective homes in New York (as the city remains under a partial shutdown due to Covid-19) about representation, navigating the sharp increase in demand for Black photographers, and capturing the beauty of Black skin. The conversation occurred as the new group exhibition Just Pictures curated by Sargent and featuring work from Kissi and other young, influential Black photographers Arielle Bobb-Willis, Yagazie Emezi, Mous Lamrabat, Renell Medrano, Ruth Ossai, Justin Solomon, andJoshua Woods launched in St. Louis, Missouri.

Antwaun Sargent: Lets just jump right in. What brought you to photography?

Joshua Kissi: I think photography is the most accessible way to tell a story. In a lot of ways, photography is so engraved into todays society because of social media. The image literacy now is way better than it was 20 years ago. Everybody kind of knows what a good photo should look like. This wasnt the case when I first picked up a camera. At that time, photography was a way for me to have a page in history. I didnt know or see a lot of photographers of colour making their stake in the field. Of course, I eventually learned about Gordon Parks and Jamel Shabazz, but that was later on. So, initially, photography was a way to tell stories about my community and the people I was surrounded by.

I remember flipping through my familys photo album as a kid and what really struck me was seeing the contrast between the photos my parents took when they lived in Ghana in the 70s and didnt have kids and when they moved to New York in the 80s. Even the colouring of the photos themselves look different because the technology had changed and evolved. Our family album was literally split into two sections: life in Ghana and life in America.

AS: Its very interesting that you bring up the family photo album. The photo album is one of the first places that a lot of us saw the Black community captured the way we wanted to be seen. I see that in your images too. Its about the photographers desires but theres also a desire to make sure people are properly represented.Another aspect of your work that interests me is the way you use colour. Can you talk about how your depictions of Black skin has changed over the years?

JK: When I uploaded a shoot I did with Jaden Smith, somebody commented: Nobody does skin like Joshua Kissi. I had to laugh!

AS: But thats true! Theres a real intentionality there. We know the history of how the technology of photography was made against representing Black skin in the right light so when you are a Black photographer you have to figure out a way to move around that technology.

JK: Absolutely. When I first started photographing I found out there is a limitation to what our skin can look like based on the mechanics and tools of the camera. I began noticing, oh, when I shoot Fujifilm black skin looks like this, and when I shoot on Sony it looks like this. Theres all these different interpretations of how Black skin registers through the camera and it never felt like what I saw with my naked eye. So when I first started out I thought, high contrast, low saturation. That shows the richness of Black skin but in a way thats more about how melanin registers. Over time, I recognised anti-Blackness main point of reference is our skin. Thats it. Our skin tones have been weaponised against us. So I wanted to start there to show the possibilities of what Black skin can look like in so many different ways its richness, its intensity, its care. Theres so much nuance to Black skin that were not being granted. Frankly, this is the first time Im talking about my work in this way technical and ideological. Thank you for asking that question because it is important to my work.

AS: So often I feel like we gloss over the technical aspects of how a photo is made. Yes, these images are about beauty and Blackness and desire. But theyre also about the ways in which you, a Black photographer, are using the camera. Youve also launched an initiative around the visibility and representation of Black photographers with See In Black and, before that, with Street Etiquette. Why are these photo collectives important to you?

JK: Frankly, I feel like without community I am nothing. All of this work is about us as a community. Its about making us visible. But not even just being visible. Do you see me, but, also, do you also understand me and the work that I make? I know Im getting a limited amount of emails and work opportunities right now because I only show and shoot Black and brown people. I own that and make it a part of my story. Im in servitude of my community and am only the artist I am when Im serving them. There is no me without community.

AS: You recently worked on Black is King, which is a love letter to the continent of Africa and the African diaspora. How did you come to video and what was it like working with Beyonc?

JK: Black is King was amazing to see and be part of it. Because this story of the diasporic identity here from one place, but also another is very much so part of our identities as Black people. Whether by choice or by boat, unfortunately. Jumping onto the project, the team around Beyonc made an entire deck of my work and was like, heres what we love about your work and see you lean into. It was amazing to hear and be given permission to just flex my muscles. Beyonc is theBig Bang effect. After working with her, the galaxies exist. Im sure Tyler Mitchell can attest to that same testimony.

AS: Yes, I dont think Beyonc gets enough credit for how engaged she is with these young, Black creators. From Tyler [Mitchell] to Awol [Erizku] to you over the years she has collaborated with young image-makers at pivotal points. What do you want to do with photography next?

JK: With every job opportunity Ive been blessed to work on, Im always asking: What does this mean to what I want to say not only now but ten years from now? As artists we also have the ability to say this isnt for me and be informed by the nos that we give out. The work you say yes to builds your journey as much as the work you say no to. For a lot of these jobs Im like this is beautiful aesthetically, but what is the vision? What are we saying?

AS: That is so important, I think. What do the images say? Youre not just shooting images to shoot them. Some of the younger photographers are just shooting images. You have to ask, if the camera is control, what are you shooting for? Doing this show, Just Pictures, I want to make sure the differences between the work of everyone featured is considered and grappled with. These are not just Black photographers talking about Blackness. Thats not the only concern in these photos. If thats the only takeaway from their work, youre not really holding the weight of the artistry as a viewer. This show is about directing folks to the ways your work holds these other equally important aspects that make the images the images.

JK: I totally agree with that. Theres so much imagery being created and I feel really grateful to be part of it. Looking at all these new young photographers and different expressions is so important to let people know, oh, I can go the Awol route. Or oh, I can go the Andr Wagner route, or I can go the Joshua Kissi route. Its important for them to have that to see.

AS: Absolutely. I think thats a strong note to end on.

Just Pictures, curated by Antwaun Sargent, is at projects+gallery, St Louis, until November 21, 2020

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‘Reflections’ at River Road: art to process the pandemic – Oregon Daily Emerald09.17.20

On the corner of River Road and Briarcliff Loop, the wooden fence facing the street has become a canvas for 3D art. Flowers made of materials like wood, glass, paper and yarn climb the fence: their centers are circular mosaics, and willow branches bent into teardrop shapes form the petals. As cars whiz down the road, pedestrians pause in front of the fence throughout the day, taking in the art created by their neighbors.

The display is part of Reflections Space 2020, a public art project aimed at helping the community process experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. The project includes five visual exhibitions, from video projects to fabric prints, created by local arts organizations. This one, Reflections Space: River Road / Santa Clara, was organized by Eug-Art 404, a local group named for the zip code its members share.

Art seems really essential right now, said Lisa Yu, a Eug-Art 404 member and the lead artist of the exhibit. Everybody I know has really depended on art as a lifeline during these times.

When the city announced Reflections Space 2020 and put out the call for project proposals in May, Eug-Art 404 started brainstorming. But as the deadline approached, the group came up short on ideas, Yu said. What Yu did have was a pile of willow branches she and another local artist, Patricia Donohue, had gathered as natural art material. Yu noticed that the branches bent naturally into teardrop shapes, and these drops became the building blocks for the installation. Donohue created about 160 that community members could design to reflect on their experiences during the pandemic. The drops center around four themes: disruption, loss, reflection and hope.

Working on Reflections Space through a handful of Zoom sessions, in-person mask meetings and leaving art in neighbors lawns has kept Eug-Art 404 connected. Its given me a sense of purpose and also that Im interacting with other people, Yu said.

The project has also been a way to untangle unfamiliar experiences. We dont always have words to express the things were dealing with, especially in times of trauma, Eug-Art 404 member Stephanie Jackson said. Jackson leads a therapeutic art group at the nonprofit Christians As Family Advocates that has created its own drops for the installation.

Collaborative projects like Reflections have kept Donohue connected to art. When the pandemic started, she struggled to spend just half an hour in her studio, and after the murder of George Floyd, she was too angry for even that. As a Person of Color raised by a Black man, she poured her energy into the Black Lives Matter movement. Working on Reflections helped pull Donohue back into the art world where she could process what she was witnessing.

For Reflections Space: River Road / Santa Clara, Donohue created a collection of petals titled Say Their Names, wrapping them in fabric and writing the names of 124 Black people killed due to their skin color since the late 1900s. When I would write down their names on the petal, I researched why we were calling their names, and it was pretty disturbing. I know I could have done a lot more, but looking at each one of those names, it was a lot, she said.

Donohue hopes the installation will encourage understanding among its observers. I hope the community sees that no matter what youre going through, whether its the fires that youre going through, we all see each others pain, she said. I hope that people can understand what their neighbors are going through.

Jacksons goal for the exhibit is for its audience to feel loved and heard. She created the circular mosaics of glass pieces that form the centers of the flowers including one designed as an eye with the words seen, heard, loved running over the eyelid. Working on the piece, Jackson caught her reflection in the glass shards and imagined how others would also see their faces reflected in the exhibit.

I almost cried because I feel like weve all encountered, for many different reasons, a lot of hardship and pain, but my hope is that as people saw themselves, they would understand their value, she said.

Eug-Art 404 pieced the individual drops and mosaics together into colorful flowers scaling the fence at River Road and Briarcliff Loop. The group plans to install another display farther north along River Road in late September and to continue the outdoor exhibits through October. Afterward, Yu hopes to find an indoor location, such as a public building, to give the art pieces a more permanent home.

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