‘Framing Fatherhood’ Photo Exhibit Celebrates Positive Images of Black Men and Boys


Framing the exhibition on fatherhood

The DC-based exhibit opens June 18 and features 14 prominent black male photographers exploring black childhood, manhood and fatherhood

The purpose of the exhibition is to celebrate black men and fathers through the lens of iconic black male photographers who make up our creative village.

— Dr. Imani Cheers, Founder and Director of It Takes a Village (ITAV)

WASHINGTON, DC, UNITED STATES, June 13, 2022/EINPresswire.com/ — Photographers include Devin Allen, Tau Battice, Reese Bland, D. Michael Cheers, Reggie Cunningham, Anthony Geathers, Russell Frederick, Steven John Irby, Erskine Isaac, Khary Mason, Michael A. McCoy, Quinton Pete, Michael Young, Jamel Shabazz

“It Takes A Village: Basics of Boyhood and Messages for Manhood” – which examines the impact of social media on the public and mental health of content creators and the wider black community – announces the opening of their exhibition of photographs, “Framing Fatherhood,” on June 18 at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at George Washington University in Washington, DC.

The exhibit will feature over 75 photographs by 14 prominent black male photographers from across the country.

“Framing Fatherhood” was created by award-winning digital storyteller, director, producer and filmmaker Dr. Imani M. Cheers, who was inspired by her own photojournalist father D. Michael Cheers and his commitment to presenting positive images of men black.

The new exhibition, as well as the overall initiative, is committed to providing the general public, mainstream journalists and policy makers with an understanding of the influence of digital media on public dialogue and opinion surrounding the holistic representation of black men as boys, men, friends, fathers and partners. .

“Launching this exhibition is a project of love and very intentional – the artists selected, their specific images included, the title, the upcoming book. All of this celebrates the beautiful images of black men that are not seen in the mainstream media,” said Dr. Imani Cheers, Founder and Director of It Takes a Village (ITAV). “The purpose of the exhibit is to celebrate black men and fathers through the lens of iconic black male photographers that make up our creative village.”

The exhibition includes works by:

Devin Allen
Tau Battice
Reese Bland
D. Michael Cheers
Reggie Cunningham
Antoine Geathers
Frederic Russell
Steven John Irby
Erskine Isaac
Kary Mason
Michael A. McCoy
quinton pete
Michael Young
Jamel Shabazz

ITAV has two additional components with the photo exhibition, which runs until July 31 and intends to travel the world. The ITAV team conducts an analysis of data from the top 25 social media influencers who focus on uplifting and empowering black men and boys. The initiative has also curated a collection of essays which will be edited by the project director and published in early 2023.

Admission to “Framing Fatherhood” is free. The show is open to the public June 18 through July 31, 2022, Wednesday through Sunday, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at 500 17th Street NW. See GW Visitor Guidelines (https://onward.gwu.edu/access#visitors); mandatory masks.

To attend the opening “Framing Fatherhood” on June 18 at 7 p.m. and/or the artist conference on June 18 at 6 p.m., please confirm your presence at [email protected] before June 16, 2022.

To learn more about “It Takes A Village: Basics of Boyhood and Messages for Manhood”, visit www.boyhood2manhood.com

About “It Takes a Village: Basics of Childhood and Messages for Manhood”
“It Takes A Village: Basics of Boyhood and Messages for Manhood,” explores the joys and complexities of black masculinity in childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. Watch the trailer here, which gives a brief overview of the initiative. Learn more at https://www.boyhood2manhood.com/

About Dr. Imani M. Cheers
Imani M. Cheers is an associate professor of digital storytelling at George Washington University. She is also the Director of Academic Adventures for Planet Forward, an environmental storytelling initiative. Dr. Cheers earned his BFA from Washington University in St. Louis and an MA in African Studies and Ph.D. in Mass Communication and Media Studies from Howard University. Dr. Cheers is an award-winning digital storyteller, director, producer and filmmaker. As a practicing teacher, she uses a variety of mediums including video, photography, television and film to document and discuss issues that affect and involve people in the African Diaspora. Her scientific interest is in the intersection of women/girls, technology, health, conflict, agriculture and the effects of climate change in sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Cheers is also an expert on diversity in Hollywood, specifically the portrayal of black women in television and film. She is the author of The Evolution of Black Women in Television: Mammies, Matriarchs, and Mistresses (Routledge/Taylor & Francis, 2017). His work has been supported by the Ford Foundation and the International Reporting Project. Dr. Cheers is also a regular contributor for international media such as the BBC, CGTN America and CTN Canada, providing insight into American race relations and popular culture. In 2017 she received the Graduate Mentoring Award from GW and in 2019 the Staub Excellence in Teaching Award. Learn more about Imani at https://smpa.gwu.edu/cheers-imani-m

About the Corcoran
The Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at George Washington University is dedicated to training the next generation of cultural leaders. Offering more than 20 undergraduate and graduate degrees, the Corcoran includes creative arts, humanities, professional art, and museum world programs within the liberal arts environment of GW’s Columbian College.

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