WE DID IT!!!! INFINITE thanks to everyone who has supported (1)ne Drop.Pre-order the LIMITED EDITION (1)ne Drop E-book with your pledge of $50 or more. This e-book will not be for sale and will be the only edition of the book to include exclusive (never before seen) portraits of ALL 40+ contributors. At this level, you will also receive an electronic copy of the (1)ne Drop Exhibit Catalog. 3 more days to take advantage of this opportunity!
THE MORE WE RAISE, THE MORE WE CAN ACCOMPLISH! PLEASE continue to $UPPORT!
Africana Studies scholar Yaba Blay, Ph.D. and photographer Noelle Théard are collaborating on an innovative new project: a photo essay book that explores the “other” faces of Blackness – those who may not immediately be recognized, accepted, or embraced as Black in this visually racialized society.
Is this a great idea?! ABSOLUTELY!! Is that enough to get it published? Unfortunately not. Once upon a time, a good idea was all a writer needed to secure a book contract. Times have changed. In the past, one needed to get published in order to get recognized. Now, one needs to be published to get published–a frustrating reality for unpublished authors. With publishers losing money on upwards of 80% of their book lists, they simply aren’t willing to take as many risks as they used to, especially not on unknown writers. So writers must now convince potential publishers that they can sell enough books to turn a profit.
That's where YOU come in!
This campaign is as much about generating interest in the project as it is about raising funds to complete the project.
$9000 is the minimum amount we need to complete the book project. Funds raised will help to cover a variety of expenses including travel, film processing, digital layout and graphic design, and the printing costs for a small number of books (maquettes). These books will be used to promote the project and to attract a publishing contract.
Although the campaign budget is $9000, we are very hopeful that we can raise MORE than this amount. If we raise $12,000 we will be able to curate a traveling exhibition. If we raise $20,000 we will be able to produce a documentary film featuring beautifully shot video portraits, expert commentary, and general dialogue about skin color politics and Black racial identity. The more we raise, the more we can produce!
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
(1)ne Drop needs your support! And every "drop" counts! Here are a few ways that you can help:
One of goals of (1)ne Drop is to spark dialogue so, please, START TALKING! Tell your friends about our website. Tell your friends about our Kickstarter campaign. Encourage them to pledge. Encourage them to tell their friends. Blog. Report. Repost. Retweet. Please help us to spread the word.
LEND YOUR VOICE:
Does this project speak to you on a personal level? Interested in sharing your thoughts and perspective? We would love to include your voice in our blog! Please send your essay/story to the producers at firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration. Essays/stories should be limited to 1500 words or less. Please also include a 1-2 sentence bio and (1) high-resolution photograph (at least 300 dpi).
We thank you in advance for your support and very much look forward to sharing this project with you.
“What are you?”
Historically in the United States, “the one-drop rule” defined any person with any amount of African ancestry as “Negro/Colored/Black/.” By 1910, it was the law of the land in almost all southern U.S. states. For some, that one-drop of blood was to be recognized in one’s skin color, hair texture, and facial features; for others it was undetectable. Visually obvious or not, at a time when the one-drop rule functioned to protect and preserve Whiteness, “Blackness” was both a matter of biology and the law; it mattered little what one looked like.
“She’s not Black...”
At that particular historical moment, one was either Black or White. Period. 100 years later, however, the social and political landscape has seemingly changed. Or has it? What does it mean to be Black? Who determines who is Black and who is not? The State, the society, or the individual? Is Blackness a matter of biology, culture, or consciousness? Perhaps no one is forced to consider these questions more than those individuals whose physical appearance does not look Black - those often rejected primarily because they are not seen as “Black enough.” Whatever that is.
“…or is she?”
(1)ne Drop documents the thoughts, feelings, opinions, perspectives, and experiences of a variety of people of African descent from around the world. Their shared experience? Seeing themselves as Black and identifying as Black, yet having their Blackness questioned for any variety of reasons. "What are you?" is a question that many of them have been asked repeatedly. Africana Studies scholar Yaba Blay and photographer Noelle Théard have traveled extensively to photograph and interview 40 individuals representing 20 countries about their own racial identity, their connection to Blackness, and their experiences with skin color politics. Through candid personal narratives and beautifully captured photographs, (1)ne Drop provides living testimony to the fluidity of Blackness and provokes new thinking and new conversations on race, skin color, and identity.
(1)ne Drop = (1)ne Love
Through this project, we intend to raise social awareness and spark community dialogue about the complexities of Blackness as both an identity and a lived reality. We seek to challenge popular notions of what Black is and what Black looks like –- if we can recalibrate our lenses to see Blackness as a broader category of identity and experience, perhaps we will be able to see ourselves as part of a larger global community.
In the end, (1)ne Drop hopes to awaken a long-overdue and much needed dialogue about racial identity and skin color politics.
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