My people whose were made to endure.
My peoples all shapes and colours.
My peoples got more peoples with them,
That’s more peoples, more sisters and brothers.
My peoples stay strong as an ox.
My peoples will never fail.
My peoples will always remain,
Remain with a story to tell.
These words are from one of ‘My Peoples’ - a song by DJ Jazzy Jeff that sits on my all-time top 10. It has long held a special place in my heart as it is part testimony, part celebration, and part call to action.
My Peoples was one of the inspirations for launching The Black Gaze which I have always seen a window into the worlds of Black photographers from across the world. They are my peoples and as the song says, my peoples got more peoples with them.
Recent conversations with allies and pro-colonial gazers have reinforced the importance of providing a platform that enables my peoples to tell their stories. That’s one of the reasons why the Black Gaze is here to remain.
Friends. Allies. Family. We look forward to your continued support throughout 2022. Please continue to submit entries to our ongoing Q&A series and our new project, My Peoples (see below). Please continue to be a voice for change in conversations where we are not present. Please continue to share this newsletter and our social media content with your people.