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17th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest People
The Cool Kids.

I am a recent graduate of Hampton University, an HBCU (Historically Black College and University). I directed a short visual that focuses on black excellence, education and the black experience. I selected this group of boys to be apart of the piece because they are also students at HU, who are very creative individuals. I wanted to capture them in the most natural location, they picked their outfits and met each other at this shoot. This was a way to capture black men in a way that they aren't normally shown. With minimal expression on their faces, arranged in a unique position, these boys are the cool kids.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 04.2019
Date Uploaded: 05.2019
Photo Location: Hampton, Virginia, United States of America
Copyright: © Jada George