Atlanta photographers showcase young Black beauty in ‘Glory’ book

The book comes as the nation and the world grapple with a pandemic and racial and cultural divisions.

“Growing up, I didn’t have these types of images,” said Kahran Bethencourt, a native of South Carolina. “I’m putting out there what I would have wanted my younger self to be able to see. I want young people to see themselves and see that the sky’s the limit. They can look and see a 13-year-old pilot or a 3-year-old who can read. I want them to feel powerful and limitless.”

The photographs in the 243-page book are divided into the past, the present and the future with the young people featured not only showcasing their beauty and individuality but what makes them special.

The Bethencourts took about 10 months to shoot the book, and their travels took them across the United States and to London, Kenya and South Africa.

Some of the young people are interested in the arts, aerospace and teaching.

In the future, there’s 10-year-old Amoy Antunet of Cobb County, who wants to be a pediatric neurosurgeon. In 2018, young Amoy spoke at a Neuroscience Roadmap Scholars Program conference at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Photo of 10-year-old Amoy Antunet of of Cobb County, who wants to be a pediatric neurosurgeon. Courtesy of CreativeSoul Photography

Credit: CreativeSoul Photography

Credit: CreativeSoul Photography

“I think what they’re doing is amazing,” said Amoy, a fifth grader, who loves reading and writing. “Black children just need to see themselves as heroes. They just need to see themselves as beautiful and just positive things overall, especially with what’s going on in the world right now.”

There’s Erica Armah Bra-Bulu Tandoh, also known as DJ Switch, from Ghana. Erica began deejaying when she was 9 and has been featured on BBC News Africa and in 2018 became the youngest person to win Ghana’s annual DJ award.

The only adult featured is Richard Appiah Akoto, who teaches computer science in Ghana. He was photographed with some of his students.

With few computers around, Akoto drew the computer or application on the blackboard and taught his students to launch Microsoft Word. His solution went viral and the school received two new computer labs.

Back in Georgia, from Gwinnett County is Nailah Stallworth, who knew 100 words by the time she was 15 months old. A video of her reading went viral on social media and got millions of views.

Today, Nailah is “being a toddler” in kindergarten and “having a blast with it,” said her mother, Malica Stallworth. “When she’s reading, she’s reading for fun.”

Trinity Simone, dubbed “The Freedom Fighter,” is also profiled. Simone, a 17-year-old home-schooled senior, is CEO and founder of Black Vibe Tribe, an apparel and home goods brand, and also created a nonprofit, The Youth Will Be All Write. The nonprofit donates composition notebooks to youth detention centers in hopes of providing the youths an outlet to create through the power of the written word.

“As with all of the other beautiful children shown in this phenomenal piece of art, CreativeSoul highlighted us in a way that celebrates us, our history, and our glory; depicted as heroes of the past, present, and future,” she said. “There’s so much beauty and strength to be seen in that.”

The Bethencourts worked with several hairstylists, including Shanna Anise Thomasson of Atlanta, who styled the cover and other work in the book.

“We do it to inspire and show girls and boys they can be whatever they want to be,” she said.

It’s also about being happy with the skin they’re in.

“Your skin is beautiful,” said Thomasson. “Your hair is beautiful. It doesn’t matter if it’s loose curls or kinky curls.”

This is not the first time the Bethencourts have been noticed.

"Glory: Magical Visions of Black Beauty" by Kahran and Regis Bethencourt.

“Glory: Magical Visions of Black Beauty” by Kahran and Regis Bethencourt.

Credit: St. Martin’s Press

Credit: St. Martin’s Press

In 2017, the couple released the AfroArt series that showed the beauty and versatility of Black hair. That and other work have received celebrity shoutouts from the likes of Tyra Banks, Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, Common, Taraji P. Henson, Morris Chestnut and Tia Mowry.

ExploreAtlanta duo goes viral with photos of black girls with natural hair

The two, who met during an online graphics design forum, enjoyed a bicoastal romance before marrying in 2011.

Kahran lived in Oregon and Regis lived in his native Maryland. They decided to move to Atlanta, when Regis enrolled at Gwinnett Technical College to study photography.

Kahran grew up in the South, where she was the first person in her family to go to college. Although she had strong parents and grandparents, she didn’t see a lot of people in the community doing “some of the things these kids are doing.”

Their next project will likely be a children’s book and a 2022 calendar.

Davin Shepherd, Amoy’s father, remembers coming home from class and finding his daughter dressed in a lab coat and holding his lab coat in her outstretched arms.

The book, he said, is “absolutely breathtaking, so empowering and embodies a different level of spirituality — visual spirituality.”

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Locally, the Atlanta Hawks made Juneteenth a paid holiday for its employees. Virginia, with help from music producer/artist Pharrell Williams, and New York state both announced that Juneteenth would become a state holiday. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, however, Juneteenth was one of many Emancipation Day celebrations in various parts of the Midwest and, of course, the South, including Atlanta and Georgia overall.","_id":"VPOIZMYIFNHA7DVNYQ3AONJH2E","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1615216908151,"type":"text","content":"“African Americans held Emancipation Day celebrations really on January 1, because that was the day in which the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect,” shares Savannah native Dr. Karen Cook-Bell, who serves as associate professor of history at Bowie State University, a public HBCU in Maryland. 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It was not at my address, but as I would later discover from the Georgia Power website, the outage occurred at the same street address but the wrong street direction in a north side neighborhood with the same name (that’s a column for another day).","_id":"3PDNQYDM6FGBBIJV7ZD6LWBKE4","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1623446459620,"type":"text","content":"At least one resident in the Lakewood Heights area thought the frequent power outages they experience might have to do with the community being considered a low priority by Georgia Power.","_id":"RHQ6KHCZLRGO3FDCIXSQ2SZDD4","additional_properties":"comments":[],"_id":"TFJKWWCT5VBY3GYFGKFQIXAM64","type":"interstitial_link","content":"Georgia Power pushing some customers into new rates; groups concerned","url":"https://www.ajc.com/atlanta-real-estate-report/georgia-power-pushing-some-customers-into-new-rates-groups-concerned/B6BRHPRZTRDUFCSRIVVQRLKFBU/","_id":"QNBORZYRIRE4BOP4AC5GS5J4JA","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1623429002200,"type":"text","content":"In a statement to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Georgia Power begs to differ.","_id":"QJZD5IS55BDXDAJZCP4AUA2FYE","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1623446459611,"type":"text","content":"“Georgia Power has invested millions of dollars across metro Atlanta through our reliability and grid investment projects,” said spokesman John Kraft. “The company is investing $1.4 billion to enhance service reliability in communities across Georgia, improve the efficiency of its system, and shorten outage and repair time.”","_id":"VZLWNGXFTNEADLPK5647YHOHMU","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1623446459612,"type":"text","content":"Kraft said the company’s smart grid technology and increased automation have helped them more quickly isolate outages to smaller numbers of customers and reroute power remotely for improved reliability. Some of the planned enhancements include making overhead power lines more durable and resilient, so they are less susceptible to tree limbs and weather-related outages, or moving targeted portions of overhead power delivery lines underground so they are less prone to repeated damage.","_id":"UPIFESCGEJBIXDXGAXYCGP2MWE","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1623435504363,"type":"text","content":"In the East Atlanta and Lakewood areas, recent outages have been related to localized storms, trees and vehicle accidents, Kraft said. Almost 50% of the outages from 2008 through 2017 in Georgia were the result of weather or downed trees, and about 20% were the result of faulty equipment or human error, according to the U.S. Department of Energy state profile risk.","_id":"L5QTF3LJC5BSZFSO6NHPLKHMRE","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1623682835413,"type":"text","content":"Projects such as equipment replacement and underground wiring will impact about half of the circuits in those Atlanta neighborhoods and are already in different stages of construction and design with completion targeted for 2022, said Kraft.","_id":"5G64I5DR4ND5HLXNUWDSWZXJFY","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1623429002205,"type":"text","content":"The outages have become so frequent that last year, McBee purchased a battery backup for his computer so he can continue working uninterrupted, even when the power goes out. “I have never had a battery backup on my computer because it hasn’t been necessary,” he said. Now he is sure to save often, especially if it is raining and the device alerts him when his computer is running on the battery backup.","_id":"MOAHB27AS5A27GOWNB4TG2RG6A","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1623446459621,"type":"text","content":"Atlanta’s tree canopy, one of the largest in the nation, may not offer much hope for eliminating the primary reason some communities experience such long and frequent power outages, but maybe, with Georgia Power’s upgrades on the horizon, McBee and other residents across the state will be spending less time in the dark.","_id":"T7JSINCRJJG4ZD5UE7JWU7W3J4","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1623678736005,"type":"text","content":"Read more on the Real Life blog (www.ajc.com/opinion/real-life-blog/) and find Nedra on Facebook (www.facebook.com/AJCRealLifeColumn) and Twitter (@nrhoneajc) or email her at [email protected]","_id":"MDFROXSUMFFEVMR36JV6RWN6LE","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1623429002213,"type":"text","content":"
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The only difference was that we started our days an hour later for summer camps that began at 9 a.m. rather than the 8 a.m. school start time.","_id":"PIWTPZSBUBCCTI42GTKWH2A6BI","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1623775979807,"type":"text","content":"Parents who feel that their kids have missed out on learning, activities or social interactions during the pandemic may be even more likely to try to cram it all in this summer, but they could be making a mistake, at least from a psychological perspective, Borba said.","_id":"BBLTF5HQIJA5TGVXPIB376GYYE","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1623775979808,"type":"text","content":"My AJC colleagues who write about education have explored this issue extensively. 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Summer programs in other districts, including Cobb, Fulton and Clayton counties, were also below capacity.","_id":"HSLYYFV4IJDPDPJTKZDRYTOEJM","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1623775979814,"type":"text","content":"For families who have opted out of summer school, this is a good time to focus on kids’ mental health by helping them learn to overcome challenges, manage stress and cope with disappointment, according to Borba.","_id":"FPNHN4NIAJDAHOXWPMSTKCLADA","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1623775979815,"type":"text","content":"Certain summer activities can help kids boost resilience and reduce stress, she said, such as free play, spending more time outdoors, reading or starting a new hobby (as long as parents allow kids to find that hobby on their own).","_id":"T7VHIJVSTBD4XGG3E6BEF723F4","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1623775979816,"type":"text","content":"Athletic camps are great options for helping kids pursue goals and focus. 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Further analysis showed neither the accusers nor the accused have a common understanding of what constitutes sexual harassment, and many of the statements they offered were centered around the accused’s power and perspective.","_id":"UWZRSQ2XKZAZPBYGE2EWFF64A4","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1623155740071,"type":"text","content":"Alexander’s work is part of a larger effort to offer insight to members of the public — perhaps in the form of an online, query-ready portal — into how sexual harassment and other types of cases are managed in the courts, what the outcomes are and how the data might be predictive.","_id":"475LWHJTQBGADEQAC5UO2FCARY","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1623155740072,"type":"text","content":"The details of my own experiences are admittedly fuzzy except for the one meeting that took place midday in the corner office of a well-respected male editor. That conversation I remember with unparalleled clarity.","_id":"EWQYCAJJXZAGTFQNHTICDUOXRU","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1623093618076,"type":"text","content":"It started with the usual questions: How are things going? What are your goals as a journalist? But it wasn’t long before the conversation turned into a proposition — perhaps, he suggested, I should use my vacation time to accompany him on his next assignment out of the country.","_id":"ARLWJ5MNVVHL5KQL5F4YWN4VQE","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1623093618077,"type":"text","content":"This was not because I had expressed any interest in becoming a foreign correspondent.","_id":"SRTE34ZCOZAS3GF6YG7T5PABQA","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1623093618078,"type":"text","content":"My duties, as he described it, would be to serve as a companion. 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I never reported the incidents to human resources in part because reactions from the few colleagues I consulted made me doubt my own conviction. The reactions ranged from general concern to questions: Are you sure he (they) said that? Did that, mean that? Did he (they) apologize?","_id":"B5MAO7AUQFHJFEISEIPPA5BYCI","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1623093618081,"type":"text","content":"The apology — its existence or sincerity — is often what most grabs the interest of the general public in cases of sexual harassment, Alexander said.","_id":"UC2KOERTAVDIPJ42BO4ZAKNYUA","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1623093618083,"type":"text","content":"But apologies are an individual act.","_id":"IYOP57JLJFGYTLM4KX64QOIZVU","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1623093618084,"type":"text","content":"“It is an individual person maybe fully recognizing what he or she did,” Alexander said, but “If we leave intact the workplace structures that enable individuals in power to abuse that power in the form of sexual harassment, those struggles are just going to reproduce more people in power that are just going to abuse that power again.”","_id":"RNLOGYCWN5G25OLHKWY3FTEWI4","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1623093618085,"type":"text","content":"The important question is not if someone is sorry but if they recognize that their actions are inseparable from the power imbalance between them and the people they are harassing.","_id":"R3GQKWEK6JEW5JHGOKR3UFEBUU","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1623155740089,"type":"text","content":"#MeToo has generated a lot of deep conversation about consent, she said, but in the case of workplace harassment, the standard is not consent, it is welcomeness.","_id":"C4RA2SLXRVD57A2FZQ5E5YLWVM","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1623155740090,"type":"text","content":"“Looking at it through a structural lens means you can’t just stop at what you think,” said Alexander. “You have to think about everyone around you and what they think.”","_id":"OS2TUV2A4NDE3KLG53UC54ZIXA","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1623155740091,"type":"text","content":"I thought I was unaffected by those experiences, but in retrospect, I spent the rest of my tenure at that institution with a certain level of anger always simmering just below the surface. The kind of anger that weighs you down the moment you walk in the door. The kind of anger that might lead those in your midst to saddle you with a pejorative stereotype that I won’t repeat here.","_id":"SUSS5CRNTVG6VDQPZ6FCFVEJ2Q","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1623093618090,"type":"text","content":"In the end, it was a woman editor who would throw me a lifeline by helping me identify career-changing opportunities without subjecting me to the anger-inducing interactions I had experienced with men in power who seemed to have little respect for personal boundaries.","_id":"SPT272GU6ZFM3G27UOBWE7CKQM","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1623093618091,"type":"text","content":"Having more women in leadership roles is just one way to change corporate structures that enable harassment, Alexander said. Other strategies include developing less hierarchical structures and establishing clear procedures and processes for reporting sexual harassment.","_id":"DUP6P5P4L5DHHDLGHAD5KI4AVI","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1623093618092,"type":"text","content":"For far too many organizations, the answer to #MeToo-era demands has become sexual harassment training, but research shows that the traditional programs are ineffective and mostly designed to shield companies from lawsuits. To have more impact, training has to shift from prioritizing litigation avoidance to creating the kind of workplace culture and community that is respectful, harassment-free and beneficial to all employees, Alexander said.","_id":"SM6Q4QR5PRAWLEPA4XTHQ2TIGA","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1623093618093,"type":"text","content":"I wish I had known better how to manage my own experience back then. 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The day we candled (used a high-powered light to see inside of the egg) and determined the egg was fertile, I think the...

Posted by Zoo Atlanta on Thursday, June 3, 2021

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Everyone can proudly stand by their principles, but when people of faith choose to use Scriptures as the compass by which they base their principles, they are considered haters.","_id":"5Z5H47IPLVBETKLGLWTBEL67IQ","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1622752719241,"type":"text","content":"I don’t know about you, but I call that unjust. I respect those who choose to stand by different views than my own and don’t consider them haters for not agreeing with me. But as for me, I wish to keep my ears close to the words of the prophet, use Scriptures as my compass, however imperfect my life may be, lest I become like Israel and Judah, broken and captive, living a life bound to the weight of my sins.","_id":"VST3LAEJW5CORNDKP7L3FVLLGA","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1622752719242,"type":"text","content":"As they say nowadays: “You do you, and I’ll do me.” That’s fair enough, I would say.","_id":"CE7ANAZOCFHSVEI7REX5IPTCOY","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1622752719243,"type":"text","content":"Patricia Holbrook is a columnist, author, blogger and international speaker. Visit her website www.soaringwithHim.com to learn about her speaking ministry, Bible studies and book. 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They announced their arrival and sat outside talking to the man for an hour. She thought they would show up and whisk him away in a car, but instead they were taking their time. “I kept checking and they were putting him at ease,” Molinaro said. “Their presence was very calming.” When they knocked to tell her they were leaving, the man was no longer crying. He was smiling and went with them willingly, she said.","_id":"ATBXOACTYZBFVJJPX7JCUBQKLA","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1622678434574,"type":"text","content":"Green has thought a lot about the ways PAD can make a difference in Atlanta communities. She has thought a lot about what might have happened if PAD had been in place when Rayshard Brooks was shot by an APD officer in the parking lot of Wendy’s last summer. What if the Wendy’s worker had the option to call 311 instead of 911 to report an intoxicated man asleep in the drive-thru lane? 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Could law enforcement officers be incentivized to make more diversions instead of writing tickets or making arrests? “We should be proactively investing in a new approach and not doing the same thing we have been doing for decades,” Green said.","_id":"HIHNOYE3MZB4XJO2S6PJL7GG6U","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1622678434576,"type":"text","content":"Two days after the man showed up on Molinaro’s doorstep, she got a call from the PAD caseworker letting her know they had found a place for the man to stay and had enrolled him in an assistance program. Two days after that, the man appeared at her door again.","_id":"OAN7S5FSHFGXVFRGL7ITVNFVJQ","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1622678434577,"type":"text","content":"He had a haircut, new clothes, new shoes and said agency workers were helping him get a new identification card. 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