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Spread the love@officialmillennialblack writes on an Instagram post: “Not perfect is better than not at all. Using your voice, if you’re not used to it, can be intimidating. Many people don’t start because they’re scared they’ll ‘get it wrong’. If it’s a choice between not doing it at all or doing it and getting it […]

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June 13, 2020
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June, 2020
by Sarah Laughland

Sarah Laughland is a lifestyle & portrait photographer serving the DMV & Southwest Virginia. She’s a performer & creator who adores connecting with people through the art of visuals. She lives for supporting local, strong lattes, and good light. <3


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@officialmillennialblack writes on an Instagram post:

“Not perfect is better than not at all. Using your voice, if you’re not used to it, can be intimidating. Many people don’t start because they’re scared they’ll ‘get it wrong’. If it’s a choice between not doing it at all or doing it and getting it wrong, get it wrong. Learn from it. Do better next time.”

 

In a Facebook group for actors and artists, a Black actor asked, “Why now? This has always been going on, so why now?”. And that halted me where I was, because I don’t know why it took this long for the weight and depth of inequality and pain to become so apparent and blinding. I am aware that it is my daily privilege to do this work to acknowledge, address, challenge, and unlearn the ways in which I contribute to White supremacy. So, here we are with 400 years to unlearn and a lot of leaning in to do.

As I grow my photography business, I commit to:

+ Lean into the uncomfortable. “White people have to get comfortable with being uncomfortable”-Tonya Pinkins +
+ Act locally in Maryland & DC, and advocate for Southwest Virginia (home away from home). +
+ Share petitions, resources, businesses, and inspiration on social media. +
+ Donate a portion of each photo session to social justice groups fighting for racial equity. +
+ Widen my knowledge and circle of BIPOC artists & educators. +

If you’re struggling with where to begin, here is a list of resources to utilize over the coming months and years. Social media is an excellent tool to connect, learn, and to find black-owned businesses to support in your area. Even though I live and serve in Maryland now, I’ve compiled a list of Tri-Cities businesses that have given permission to share their names. Absolutely not all, but the businesses I received permission from:

 

Black Lives Matter. Trans Lives Matter.

 

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