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Admiring the sunset while walking
full blood moon in the mountains of Appalachia
Freckle-face
Orphaned baby sloth
orange wave of clouds on a mountain in West Virginia
Preying mantis consuming a bumblebee in Toledo, OH
Fishing on a sunny day at Lake Tohopekaliga
Iconic Paris
Butcher Shop
Morning frost
Sintra - Fog
Sestina 6
I like Paris in June
Sunrise over the Sandia Mountains
Meandering around Strasbourg
Mason Cooper The Corgi
The Mundane and the Mad
Half Dome Reflection on the Merced River
Mirror mirror.
A curious cow while looking through the trees
Lonely shed sitting in the fall colors
Listen Closely
A deer relaxing in Zion
14th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
Sestina 6

Do you know what it's like to be in your mid-20s and never know what your real hair looks like? To stare at Youtube and learn about hair patterns, styles that suit your texture and maintenance with a notepad writing a product list of things to try? To truly learn yourself from scratch? To reimagine yourself as beautiful? Do you know what it's like to know that there are rules made that deem your hair wild, unkempt, threatening--unlawful in certain spaces? This is the narrative of so many black women, who are developing a new interest in themselves through a different standard of beauty.

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Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States of America
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Date Taken: 07.2016
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