Rosie’s iconic “We Can Do It” slogan inspired my body of work titled: “2 Strikes”.
The focus here is on black women in the United States, whom from the time they draw their first breath,are faced with a world, filled with adversity, even with their first encounter of the economically disadvantaged poorer health care, which is a documented disparity that leads to shortened life spans by increased illnesses. By simply being a black person, it is widely documented that, one still faces many more hardships in society in comparison to their
neighbors who identify themselves as white. Challenges such as; discrimination and hatred because of standards of European beauty, inequality in employment, and racism in politics. Thus, the first strike for black women, is being born and identified as black.
It is widely documented, that black women face greater obstacles than black men simply because they are women.Black women are again,born into a society faced with a plethora of unjust social constructions implemented by the ancient vestiges of usurped separation and supremacy. Hence, the second strike for the black woman, is being identified as a black woman.And essentially, that’s two strikes before she’s even up to bat.
The images in this collection are intended to showcase an ever present, fervent survival strength along with the failed consignment of the thematic beauty in and of the black woman, regardless of where they are in their personal journey.