“Black & Bloom,” by Carissa Najera

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Black & Bloom –a series of visuals exploring feminine energy embodied in non-gender conforming bodies.

Carissa is a recent graduate of Eastern Michigan University. She recently showcased her work on campus with the purpose of not representing men, specifically black men, as hyper-masculine.

“I chose flowers as props because they’re symbols of delicacy and femininity. I wanted the participants to embrace their feminine side and reject the stereotypes of black men, along with the gender roles and expectations that are often involuntarily forced upon them.”

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