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    @Natgeo photographer, filmmaker, speaker and explorer. Nikon ambassador. New book: Panda Love:The Secret Lives of Pandas

    Photo by @amivitale. Lush wild lupine flowers greet me in Montana's Centennial Valley. During this time, I hope we can focus on building a universal trust and we reforge vital connections to each other, in our communities and with the earth. One way to make that happen is to support the amazing Kiley of @freshtofarming, a long-time agriculturalist who is fundraising to buy land and start her own farm! With Black farm ownership at only 2% in the United States and with threats to the agricultural systems and widespread food insecurity, now is the time to support this dream Kiley has been cultivating for the last decade. Learn more and support this amazing endeavour at @freshtofarming.

@jbarlmontana @visitmontana @nature_org @centennialvalleyassociation @natgeo @thephotosociety @nikonusa @photography.for.good #photojournalism #bigskycountry #outwest #flowers #farming #ranching #nikon #nikonlove #nikonambassador #nikonnofilter #natureisspeaking #conservation #amivitale
    Photo by @amivitale. Lush wild lupine flowers greet me in Montana's Centennial Valley. During this time, I hope we can focus on building a universal trust and we reforge vital connections to each other, in our communities and with the earth. One way to make that happen is to support the amazing Kiley of @freshtofarming, a long-time agriculturalist who is fundraising to buy land and start her own farm! With Black farm ownership at only 2% in the United States and with threats to the agricultural systems and widespread food insecurity, now is the time to support this dream Kiley has been cultivating for the last decade. Learn more and support this amazing endeavour at @freshtofarming. @jbarlmontana @visitmontana @nature_org @centennialvalleyassociation @natgeo @thephotosociety @nikonusa @photography.for.good #photojournalism #bigskycountry #outwest #flowers #farming #ranching #nikon #nikonlove #nikonambassador #nikonnofilter #natureisspeaking #conservation #amivitale
    Photo by @amivitale. Meet Molly, my trusty companion in Montana's Centennial Valley.  Here, people seem to measure worth by how comfortable you are around animals and they are around you. I have seen young toddlers on horseback nestled between mother and mane. By two, they are nuzzling calves. Children learn to throw a rope before they can talk. It is a place where people are shaped by the land itself and they in turn help shape the land. I feel so lucky to call this place home.  I hope we can all use this moment to reflect and reimagine a different way forward, where we focus on building a universal trust and we reforge vital connections to each other, in our communities and with the earth.

@jbarlmontana @visitmontana @nature_org @centennialvalleyassociation @natgeo @thephotosociety
    Photo by @amivitale. Meet Molly, my trusty companion in Montana's Centennial Valley. Here, people seem to measure worth by how comfortable you are around animals and they are around you. I have seen young toddlers on horseback nestled between mother and mane. By two, they are nuzzling calves. Children learn to throw a rope before they can talk. It is a place where people are shaped by the land itself and they in turn help shape the land. I feel so lucky to call this place home. I hope we can all use this moment to reflect and reimagine a different way forward, where we focus on building a universal trust and we reforge vital connections to each other, in our communities and with the earth. @jbarlmontana @visitmontana @nature_org @centennialvalleyassociation @natgeo @thephotosociety
    Cheriss May (@cherissmay) is a visual journalist and adjunct professor at Howard University, in Washington D.C. She is passionate about storytelling, especially culture, and stories of marginalized people and issues. Her passion radiates through her aptitude to connect to the soul of those she photographs. Her work is featured in the Women Photographers of the African Diaspora (@mfonfoto) permanent exhibit: “In Conversation: Visual Meditations on Black Masculinity”, at the African American Museum in Philadelphia.
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Follow her at @cherissmay and check our her website at cherissmay.com
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    Cheriss May (@cherissmay) is a visual journalist and adjunct professor at Howard University, in Washington D.C. She is passionate about storytelling, especially culture, and stories of marginalized people and issues. Her passion radiates through her aptitude to connect to the soul of those she photographs. Her work is featured in the Women Photographers of the African Diaspora (@mfonfoto) permanent exhibit: “In Conversation: Visual Meditations on Black Masculinity”, at the African American Museum in Philadelphia. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Follow her at @cherissmay and check our her website at cherissmay.com ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #inspiration #photographers #follow #beautiful #powerful
    Photo by @amivitale. I am thrilled to announce that the winner of the exclusive photographic safari with me to @olpejeta conservancy in northern Kenya is Karin G. of Sparks, NV where she will have the chance to meet the last two northern white rhinos on the planet. I am so deeply appreciative of everyone who came forward in support of @olpejeta in this difficult time. You are all winners in knowing that you are helping a crash of rhinos and their amazing, committed caretakers. Thank you!
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Here, @zacharia443 reclines with Najin and Fatu at @olpejeta. Can't wait to see you all!
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@omaze @biorescue_project @leibnizizw #Avantea @KenyaWildlifeService @SafariParkDvurKralove @bmbf.bund @leibnizgemeinschaft @MinistryOfTourismAndWildlifeKE @natgeo @thephotosociety @nikonusa @photography.for.good #nikonambassador #northernwhiterhinos #dontletthemdisappear #nikonnofilter #nikonlove #kenya #rhinos #saverhinos #amivitale
    Photo by @amivitale. I am thrilled to announce that the winner of the exclusive photographic safari with me to @olpejeta conservancy in northern Kenya is Karin G. of Sparks, NV where she will have the chance to meet the last two northern white rhinos on the planet. I am so deeply appreciative of everyone who came forward in support of @olpejeta in this difficult time. You are all winners in knowing that you are helping a crash of rhinos and their amazing, committed caretakers. Thank you! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Here, @zacharia443 reclines with Najin and Fatu at @olpejeta. Can't wait to see you all! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ @omaze @biorescue_project @leibnizizw #Avantea @KenyaWildlifeService @SafariParkDvurKralove @bmbf.bund @leibnizgemeinschaft @MinistryOfTourismAndWildlifeKE @natgeo @thephotosociety @nikonusa @photography.for.good #nikonambassador #northernwhiterhinos #dontletthemdisappear #nikonnofilter #nikonlove #kenya #rhinos #saverhinos #amivitale
    Photo by @amivitale. A Maasai herder runs alongside his family's livestock as they arrive  to the watering hole at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro in southeast Kenya, near Chyulu Hills. Chyulu has a critical cloud forest that provides water for local communities, wildlife, and Mombasa, Kenya’s second-largest city.
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Halting the destruction of forests like Chyulu is one of the best ways to rapidly combat climate change, while providing benefits for local communities. The Chyulu Hills project establishes a carbon offset system which creates economic opportunities for local communities. These offsets prevent the deforestation of Chyulu, balancing out the emissions of carbon-intensive activities.
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@conservationorg @mwct_kenya @thephotosociety @natgeo @r.e.s.c.u.e @photography.for.good #MaasaiConservationTrust #kenya #chyulu #rainforest #cloudforest #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #nikon #nikonlove #nikonambassador #nikonnofilter #natureisspeaking #conservation #climatechange #carbon #amivitale
    Photo by @amivitale. A Maasai herder runs alongside his family's livestock as they arrive to the watering hole at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro in southeast Kenya, near Chyulu Hills. Chyulu has a critical cloud forest that provides water for local communities, wildlife, and Mombasa, Kenya’s second-largest city. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Halting the destruction of forests like Chyulu is one of the best ways to rapidly combat climate change, while providing benefits for local communities. The Chyulu Hills project establishes a carbon offset system which creates economic opportunities for local communities. These offsets prevent the deforestation of Chyulu, balancing out the emissions of carbon-intensive activities. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ @conservationorg @mwct_kenya @thephotosociety @natgeo @r.e.s.c.u.e @photography.for.good #MaasaiConservationTrust #kenya #chyulu #rainforest #cloudforest #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #nikon #nikonlove #nikonambassador #nikonnofilter #natureisspeaking #conservation #climatechange #carbon #amivitale
    Photo by @amivitale. A Maasai family tends to their livestock as they come to the watering hole at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro in southeast Kenya, near Chyulu Hills. Chyulu has a critical cloud forest that provides water for local communities, wildlife, and Mombasa, Kenya’s second-largest city.
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Halting the destruction of forests like Chyulu is one of the best ways to rapidly combat climate change, while providing benefits for local communities. The Chyulu Hills project establishes a carbon offset system which creates economic opportunities for local communities. These offsets prevent the deforestation of Chyulu, balancing out the emissions of carbon-intensive activities.
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@conservationorg @mwct_kenya @thephotosociety @natgeo @r.e.s.c.u.e @photography.for.good #MaasaiConservationTrust #kenya #chyulu #rainforest #cloudforest #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #nikon #nikonlove #nikonambassador #nikonnofilter #natureisspeaking #conservation #climatechange #carbon #amivitale
    Photo by @amivitale. A Maasai family tends to their livestock as they come to the watering hole at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro in southeast Kenya, near Chyulu Hills. Chyulu has a critical cloud forest that provides water for local communities, wildlife, and Mombasa, Kenya’s second-largest city. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Halting the destruction of forests like Chyulu is one of the best ways to rapidly combat climate change, while providing benefits for local communities. The Chyulu Hills project establishes a carbon offset system which creates economic opportunities for local communities. These offsets prevent the deforestation of Chyulu, balancing out the emissions of carbon-intensive activities. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ @conservationorg @mwct_kenya @thephotosociety @natgeo @r.e.s.c.u.e @photography.for.good #MaasaiConservationTrust #kenya #chyulu #rainforest #cloudforest #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #nikon #nikonlove #nikonambassador #nikonnofilter #natureisspeaking #conservation #climatechange #carbon #amivitale
    Photo by @amivitale. Today is World Giraffe Day. Here, Philip, a Samburu guide from @sararacamp, greets a tower of reticulated giraffe in Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy in Northern Kenya. He is a part of a new wave of thinking about wildlife, the environment, and the community that surrounds him. It goes far beyond traditional conservation methods, and dives deeper into the core value of what nature represents, where those who live here are proud stewards of the land and the wildlife it holds.
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Giraffe are deeply in need of community support like this. Across Africa, giraffe are undergoing what is being termed a silent extinction. Current estimates are that their populations across Africa have dropped nearly 40 percent in three decades plummeting from 150,000 in 1985 to fewer than 100,000 today. Reticulated giraffe themselves number fewer than 16,000 individuals. Scientists are now undertaking major studies to understand why giraffe are disappearing and what can be done to stop it.
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Learn more, including how to help, by reading my @natgeo story "How to save the world's tallest animal" and following @amivitale @r.e.s.c.u.e @sararacamp @giraffe_conservation @doconnor16 and @sdzsafaripark
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@conservationorg @kenyawildlifeservice @thephotosociety @natgeo @r.e.s.c.u.e @photography.for.good #protectgiraffes #DontLetThemDisappear #giraffe #giraffes #savegiraffes #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #nikon #nikonlove #nikonambassador #nikonnofilter #natureisspeaking #conservation #amivitale #worldgiraffeday
    Photo by @amivitale. Today is World Giraffe Day. Here, Philip, a Samburu guide from @sararacamp, greets a tower of reticulated giraffe in Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy in Northern Kenya. He is a part of a new wave of thinking about wildlife, the environment, and the community that surrounds him. It goes far beyond traditional conservation methods, and dives deeper into the core value of what nature represents, where those who live here are proud stewards of the land and the wildlife it holds. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Giraffe are deeply in need of community support like this. Across Africa, giraffe are undergoing what is being termed a silent extinction. Current estimates are that their populations across Africa have dropped nearly 40 percent in three decades plummeting from 150,000 in 1985 to fewer than 100,000 today. Reticulated giraffe themselves number fewer than 16,000 individuals. Scientists are now undertaking major studies to understand why giraffe are disappearing and what can be done to stop it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Learn more, including how to help, by reading my @natgeo story "How to save the world's tallest animal" and following @amivitale @r.e.s.c.u.e @sararacamp @giraffe_conservation @doconnor16 and @sdzsafaripark ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ @conservationorg @kenyawildlifeservice @thephotosociety @natgeo @r.e.s.c.u.e @photography.for.good #protectgiraffes #DontLetThemDisappear #giraffe #giraffes #savegiraffes #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #nikon #nikonlove #nikonambassador #nikonnofilter #natureisspeaking #conservation #amivitale #worldgiraffeday
    Video by @amivitale. Reteti Keeper Matiba gives Lemorijo his afternoon bottle. Lemorijo arrived by @tropicairkenya helicopter in mid-November when he was about 2-3 months old. From his arrival, he was strong and drinking well, and today he continues to thrive.
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Reteti is the first ever community-owned elephant sanctuary in Africa. This oasis where orphans grow up, learning to be wild so that one day they can rejoin their herds, is a story as much about the elephants as it is about all of humanity. Read my @natgeo story "Warriors Who Once Feared Elephants Now Protect Them” to learn more, and stay tuned! Soon I will be releasing a film about Shaba's incredible story!
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@conservationorg @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @thephotosociety @photography.for.good @natgeo @nikonusa @magicalkenya #protectelephants #bekindtoelephants #DontLetThemDisappear #elephants #saveelephants #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #amivitale #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador
    Video by @amivitale. Reteti Keeper Matiba gives Lemorijo his afternoon bottle. Lemorijo arrived by @tropicairkenya helicopter in mid-November when he was about 2-3 months old. From his arrival, he was strong and drinking well, and today he continues to thrive. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Reteti is the first ever community-owned elephant sanctuary in Africa. This oasis where orphans grow up, learning to be wild so that one day they can rejoin their herds, is a story as much about the elephants as it is about all of humanity. Read my @natgeo story "Warriors Who Once Feared Elephants Now Protect Them” to learn more, and stay tuned! Soon I will be releasing a film about Shaba's incredible story! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ @conservationorg @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @thephotosociety @photography.for.good @natgeo @nikonusa @magicalkenya #protectelephants #bekindtoelephants #DontLetThemDisappear #elephants #saveelephants #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #amivitale #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador
    Photo by @amivitale. Keepers at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e), in northern Kenya feed orphaned baby elephants their bottles in the wilderness of 850,000-acre Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy. The elephants at @r.e.s.c.u.e spend up to 12 hours a day in the wild—learning how to be wild—so when the time comes for them to return to the wilderness, they are prepared. The dedication to preparing these elephants for the wild made the recent release of Shaba, Mpala, and Pokot a success.
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Reteti is the first ever community-owned elephant sanctuary in Africa. What’s happening at Reteti is nothing less than the beginnings of a transformation, not only in the way humans relate to wild animals but also how we relate to one another. This oasis where orphans grow up, learning to be wild so that one day they can rejoin their herds, is a story as much about the elephants as it is about all of humanity. Read my @natgeo story "Warriors Who Once Feared Elephants Now Protect Them” to learn more, and stay tuned! Soon I will be releasing a film about Shaba's incredible story!
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@conservationorg @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @thephotosociety @photography.for.good @natgeo @nikonusa @magicalkenya #protectelephants #bekindtoelephants #DontLetThemDisappear #elephants #saveelephants #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #amivitale #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador
    Photo by @amivitale. Keepers at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e), in northern Kenya feed orphaned baby elephants their bottles in the wilderness of 850,000-acre Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy. The elephants at @r.e.s.c.u.e spend up to 12 hours a day in the wild—learning how to be wild—so when the time comes for them to return to the wilderness, they are prepared. The dedication to preparing these elephants for the wild made the recent release of Shaba, Mpala, and Pokot a success. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Reteti is the first ever community-owned elephant sanctuary in Africa. What’s happening at Reteti is nothing less than the beginnings of a transformation, not only in the way humans relate to wild animals but also how we relate to one another. This oasis where orphans grow up, learning to be wild so that one day they can rejoin their herds, is a story as much about the elephants as it is about all of humanity. Read my @natgeo story "Warriors Who Once Feared Elephants Now Protect Them” to learn more, and stay tuned! Soon I will be releasing a film about Shaba's incredible story! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ @conservationorg @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @thephotosociety @photography.for.good @natgeo @nikonusa @magicalkenya #protectelephants #bekindtoelephants #DontLetThemDisappear #elephants #saveelephants #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #amivitale #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador
    Photo by @amivitale for @natgeo. Shaba, here nearly two years old, was the proxy matriarch of the younger orphaned elephants at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) in northern Kenya since its founding, teaching them how to forage in the wild. Under the eye of caretakers, she would lead her small herd into the bush outside the sanctuary, stripping leaves, tasting bark, pushing down small trees, taking mud baths.
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Happily, this past November, Shaba returned to the wild where she belongs alongside fellow orphans, Pokot and Mpala. Together, they have successfully integrated into one of the wild herds near the sanctuary. This was the best and hoped for outcome, a testament to the knowledge and dedication of the team at @r.e.s.c.u.e. Learn more about their work by reading my @natgeo story "Warriors Who Once Feared Elephants Now Protect Them.” And stay tuned, soon I will be releasing a film about Shaba's story!
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@conservationorg @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @thephotosociety @photography.for.good @natgeo @nikonusa @magicalkenya #protectelephants #bekindtoelephants #DontLetThemDisappear #elephants #saveelephants #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #amivitale #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador
    Photo by @amivitale for @natgeo. Shaba, here nearly two years old, was the proxy matriarch of the younger orphaned elephants at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) in northern Kenya since its founding, teaching them how to forage in the wild. Under the eye of caretakers, she would lead her small herd into the bush outside the sanctuary, stripping leaves, tasting bark, pushing down small trees, taking mud baths. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Happily, this past November, Shaba returned to the wild where she belongs alongside fellow orphans, Pokot and Mpala. Together, they have successfully integrated into one of the wild herds near the sanctuary. This was the best and hoped for outcome, a testament to the knowledge and dedication of the team at @r.e.s.c.u.e. Learn more about their work by reading my @natgeo story "Warriors Who Once Feared Elephants Now Protect Them.” And stay tuned, soon I will be releasing a film about Shaba's story! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ @conservationorg @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @thephotosociety @photography.for.good @natgeo @nikonusa @magicalkenya #protectelephants #bekindtoelephants #DontLetThemDisappear #elephants #saveelephants #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #amivitale #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador
    Mark Clennon (@mark.c) is a New York-based photographer. He takes particular interest in documenting and capturing the stories of humans of the African diaspora. Says Mark, "I feel as though it is my responsibility to provide a wide scope of what it means to be a black person in this era."
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Mark’s powerful photographs of the recent demonstrations in NYC can be found in this week’s @TIME Magazine. Do pick up an issue, follow him at @mark.c and spend some time on his website.
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    Mark Clennon (@mark.c) is a New York-based photographer. He takes particular interest in documenting and capturing the stories of humans of the African diaspora. Says Mark, "I feel as though it is my responsibility to provide a wide scope of what it means to be a black person in this era." ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Mark’s powerful photographs of the recent demonstrations in NYC can be found in this week’s @TIME Magazine. Do pick up an issue, follow him at @mark.c and spend some time on his website. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Model @lovelyfa Stylist @sydneepaige_ Tulle Dresses by @everrythingrrouge Makeup artist @mhaii_thaii
    Alexis Hunley (@byalexishunley) is a photographer based in Los Angeles and she has been documenting the impact of COVID-19 in her neighborhood as well as covering the protests throughout Los Angeles. These images are interspersed with some of her portraiture. As a self-taught artist, she draws her inspiration from life experiences to create work that celebrates the beauty and complexity of our shared humanity. Says Alexis, "Visual storytelling is my tool of choice and my greatest passion. My hope is that these images will ensure that voices like mine, Black voices, are heard and that our stories are told with care and understanding."
    Alexis Hunley (@byalexishunley) is a photographer based in Los Angeles and she has been documenting the impact of COVID-19 in her neighborhood as well as covering the protests throughout Los Angeles. These images are interspersed with some of her portraiture. As a self-taught artist, she draws her inspiration from life experiences to create work that celebrates the beauty and complexity of our shared humanity. Says Alexis, "Visual storytelling is my tool of choice and my greatest passion. My hope is that these images will ensure that voices like mine, Black voices, are heard and that our stories are told with care and understanding."
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