ABOUT AFROVACTIVE

 
Photo taken by: Briana Rohlr

Photo taken by: Briana Rohlr

I was in search of seeing images of myself in a positve light outside of the natural hair community. I followed countless blogs and innovative black women on social media, but I wanted something more tailored to who I was as a black individual. I knew i wanted to highlight the newest talent, tell stories about my everyday life, provoke minds and entertain readers. Inspired by the My Black Is Beautiful campaign, I began using my photography skills as a way to encourage and showcase women of color on my college campus, but I desired to reach more people by providing entertainment through the scope of my identity as a minority woman. Instead of being the exception, I wanted to be the new rule; AFROvocative began merely as a tumblr blog, yet my vision is to develope a lasting brand promoting quality insight and greater appreciation of afro-culture.

fro·voc·a·tive

 An individual promoting social awareness and provoking the conscious with an
emphasis on afro-culture or afrocentrism.  

 

TYESHEA Campbell

EDITOR IN CHIEF

Photo taken by: Marcus X. Whitaker

Photo taken by: Marcus X. Whitaker

While I might be a newcomer to the blogging world, i'm no stranger to an audience. I developed a passion for literature and performing arts at a young age. Between Ballet classes, and trips to the school library, I used both hobbies as an outlet to express myself. My unique voice as a story-teller coupled with my love of entertainment gave me aspirations of working in film, but not before I embraced my talent as a dancer. At age 13 I became a self-taught hip hop and freestyle battle dancer, eventually landing a scholarship at Debbie Allen's Dance Academy Hip Hop Intensive for three consecutive years beginning in 2009. I've learned from top choreographers accredited to working on countless music videos, film, and major tours.

My desire to create a story without words manifested in my ability to dance, and take photos. At 21, I began working as a freelance photographer, leading to the development of my photography brand, Framed Red Photography. As I continue to build my crafts, I want to connect with my community and uplift in all ways. My mantra as a photographer remains, "I can make you look good if you let me." I aspire to be a filmmaker, write on a television series, write and produce a major motion picture, and most importantly, fulfill my dream to perform as Beyonce's backup dancer.