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“You’re pretty for a darkskin girl.”

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Two Sides selfie turned into a meme about beauty in the black race.

“Don’t tell her she’s pretty for a darkskin girl.”

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Original Self Portrait by Nastassia Davis

The image of mine “Two Sides To Every Story” was just recently turned into a meme. The text combined with my selfie pic has created a lot of dialogue raising some important questions on race and beauty. To see some of the comments from people all over the country, click on the top photo.

Here are some of my favorites:

“Ignorance at it’s finest.”-Nikki Brown-Byrant.

“I’m proud that God made me dark skin.”-Taneshia N.Wynn

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, there are beautiful women in all races of people and some not so attractive in all races. If everyone looked the same, the world would be a boring place.” – Brenda Bethune

“I hear it all too often…you are pretty to be black (dark skinned) girl!! But the people that say it doesn’t even realize that this stigma stems back all the way to slavery…when our ancestor had children by slave owners.” – April Lucas

Do we know that true beauty is determined by the content of one’s character and not his or her skintone? Too often, I see our youth using this ignorant way of thinking and it’s very upsetting, to say the least. I’ve been working mainly as a sub teacher in the public school district lately, and I see where some students hashtag #teamlightskin #teamdarkskin in their instagram and twitter bios. They don’t even realize they’re perpetuating the same ideals of Willie Lynch, that was intended to hurt our race for generations to come. And when I try to talk to them about it, many of them just shrug it off, make a joke and go to the next simple thing to talk about. THAT’S THE SCARY PART…

How do I get through to them?


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March 14, 2013 at 3:06 am

Self Portrait Art / Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts

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Modeled, photographed and edited by Nastassia Davis (Inspired by Deep Cotton’s song)

Atlantic City, along with other parts of the East Coast, such as New York, were hit pretty hard by Hurricane Sandy on Oct 30, 2012. The disaster took many cars, personal treasures and homes away leaving many physically and emotionally distraught.

Many across the nation have been donating clothes, money and food to the victims of this storm. I know Fema still provides help up until December 15, 2012. I’ve already donated clothes myself. Operation Hat Trick in Atlantic City raises $500,000 for Sandy charities and other great things are going on to help those in need.

I created this self portrait, partially inspired by Deep Cotton‘s Song, “We’re Far Enough From Heaven Now We Can Freak Out” as a fun photo exercise which actually embodies the support we all have been giving. The lyrics “Who will cook? Who will clean? Who you paint the fence?” go hand in hand to what everyone here is doing and has done to help provide.

For more info on how you can make a difference, please click on these links below:



Awesome Photos Around The Nation of Hurricane Sandy- Boston Globe

Self-Portaiture by Nastassia Davis

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Black Woman brushing off or applying white makeup

When you see this image, what comes to mind? Who is she? Where does she exist and why?

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October 29, 2012 at 3:13 am

See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Shoot No Evil

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Art by Nastassia Davis

Inspired by “Sanbiki No Saru”.


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October 16, 2012 at 1:03 pm

Red Shoes w/ Lace Dress

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Red shoes w/ Lace Dress

Woman Wearing Red Pumps Sitting In Chair

Women Wearing Crossing Her Legs Wearing Red Shoes in A Chair

I attempt to create a time in the early past of last century – albeit ambiguous, through the color, dress, and props. I try to evoke a particular history and politics. With this image, I believe I create an intersection between myself as individual and myself as a historical and political subject.

This was created alone in my apartment with a lamp light, digital camera and self-timer.

Have any thoughts about this photo? Does this make you think of anything in particular? References? Please leave your comments in box below.

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October 15, 2012 at 1:28 pm

Light Paint Collab w/ Kingdom Academy Youth – Pleasantville, NJ

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I had the awesome opportunity to guest speak about my photography work at the Pleasantville Public Library’s Summer Reading Program. This year’s program includes dozens of fun activities to fit a variety of interest and I was delighted to share my work to the youth, who ranged from ages 9 to 12 years old, as an art photographer.

Here are the materials for the presentation.

– My Mac
– Led flashlights for space writing exercise.
– 35mm Canon film camera & Yashica Copal

Before the project, we looked through some old-fashioned camera lenses. As I showed a selection of my digital self portraits, they had some interesting thoughts to share on the work, such as this photo. “Freedom!” “Woman of Justice!” “Someone who stands up for what they believe in!” were some of their responses. I told them no matter the age, young or old, they should always stand up for what is right. Be it in their respective communities or the world, being a leader and positive example for friends, peers and family members is something they should always strive to do.

Now it was time to begin my favorite part of the presentation – creating live art! I showed them this photo and explained the process. Space writing started around 1889 in an attempt to study the movements of human beings to horses. Fast forward to 1949, I showed them the interesting images of Picasso’s light paintings. Each of them were assigned a single letter that they created in the dark. Together the letters form the phrase “Stop The Violence!” which is a message we feel needs to be heard in our hometown of Atlantic City and within the communities across the nation suffering from senseless homicides.

Rest in peace to the victims of the Colorado Movie Theater for Batman. We must do something about gun control in America. I don’t understand how it’s legally possible to obtain a Glock pistol and the AR-15 assault rifle and shoot up a theater of innocent movie-goers. The homicides by the youth in my hometown and crimes like this across America really upset me.

We got to do better. I pray we can find the solutions and work to put them to action soon.

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July 27, 2012 at 1:08 pm