July 19, 2012
Preparing to shoot the next installment of Black Americana soon… Looking for new faces!

More details to come. 

Preparing to shoot the next installment of Black Americana soon… Looking for new faces!

More details to come. 

December 9, 2011
Island in the Sun - behind the scenes
Models (L to R): Tope Alabi & Ngozi Assata
Photo courtesy of Rod Gailes OBC
Help support the Black Americana Series 

Island in the Sun - behind the scenes

Models (L to R): Tope Alabi & Ngozi Assata

Photo courtesy of Rod Gailes OBC

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November 14, 2011
Island in the Sun - behind the scenes
Models (L to R): Robert Vance & Ngozi Assata
Photo courtesy of Rod Gailes OBC
Help support the Black Americana Series 

Island in the Sun - behind the scenes

Models (L to R): Robert Vance & Ngozi Assata

Photo courtesy of Rod Gailes OBC

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November 14, 2011
Island in the Sun: B sides
Model: Ngozi Assata
Photo courtesy of Rod Gailes OBC
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Island in the Sun: B sides

Model: Ngozi Assata

Photo courtesy of Rod Gailes OBC

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November 13, 2011
Island in the Sun - behind the scenes photos
Models (L to R): Tope Alabi & Desmond Amofah
Photo courtesy of Rod Gailes OBC
Help support the Black Americana Series 

Island in the Sun - behind the scenes photos

Models (L to R): Tope Alabi & Desmond Amofah

Photo courtesy of Rod Gailes OBC

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November 9, 2011
"I love it! He [Brandon Littlejohn] is imaginative, creative and innovative. He is moving the culture forward and protecting it at the same time. Youth; is not always wasted on the young."

Gale Fulton Ross on Black Americana

November 7, 2011
Island in the Sun - behind the scenes photos
Models: Tradell Hawkins & Titilayo Mutushi
Photo courtesy of Rod Gailes OBC
Help support the Black Americana Series 

Island in the Sun - behind the scenes photos

Models: Tradell Hawkins & Titilayo Mutushi

Photo courtesy of Rod Gailes OBC

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November 5, 2011
Island in the Sun - behind the scenes
Model: Ngozi Assata
Photo courtesy of Rod Gailes OBC
Help support the Black Americana Series 

Island in the Sun - behind the scenes

Model: Ngozi Assata

Photo courtesy of Rod Gailes OBC

Help support the Black Americana Series 

November 5, 2011
HELP SUPPORT THE BLACK AMERICANA SERIES

November 3, 2011
Black Americana in Vogue Italia!

October 15, 2011

HELP SUPPORT THE BLACK AMERICANA SERIES (CLICK HERE)

"BLACK AMERICANA:  The Photo-Essay”

Vol. 1 - Island in the Sun

"Black Americana" is a four part photo-essay presenting a commentary on Black American life and patriotism.

When we weren’t marching, dodging fire hoses, and police dogs biting at our brown skin – when we weren’t singing songs of freedom, and training how to peacefully resist in southern sit-ins, we were doing what other Americans did – we went to the beach. “Island in the Sun”, a first installment in the ground-breaking series “Black Americana” re-introduces, and reclaims the image – the representation of free Black women and men living their lives openly and beautifully. The series seeks to offer a broader lens of Black American life not often seen – a restoration of Black bodies on a summer day in 1950’s America. “The beach setting is significant.” says Brandon Littlejohn, Creative Producer of “Black Americana”. “Beaches are visually associated with affluence in urban areas because of Black people’s limited access.” Littlejohn continues, “I wanted to capture Black young women and men in these spaces, because after all, this was a reality for Black people during this time.” This is the other side of the southern Black domestic worker; the other side of the Black male porter. This too was Black American life, in all of its splendor.

- Geneva S. Thomas

Creative Producer - Brandon Littlejohn

Photographer - Rod Gailes OBC

Wardrobe Design - Jamari Walker

Makeup Design - Dominique Jenelle

Hair Design - Shirlonda Brailsford

Casting - Latrice Davis

Women’s Bathing Suits designed by D’ Angelo Scott

Models - (Tope Alabi, Desmond Amofah, Ngozi Assata, Tradell Hawkins, Stephanie Kyereme, Titilayo Mutushi, Robert Vance)

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Creative Producer, Brandon Littlejohn, and Photographer, Rod Gailes OBC, are collaborating to create a brilliant four-part photography series that showcases classic American settings through an Afro-Elite lens. The “Black Americana” series encourages African Americans to challenge societal messages about Blackness, while aspiring to higher levels of art and education on their own terms. Creating opportunities in the creative industry via a collective effort and artistically challenging the way African Americans have been conditioned to see themselves are two main goals of the “Black Americana” series. 

-Taylor N. Lewis