64 comments on “NAKED BLACK JUSTICE CAMPAIGN

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  2. This is beautiful, raw, infuriating, moving, truth.
    Will these be available as prints for purchase?

      • I know I say this a lot…. but I really cant tell you how proud I am of you James!! Im am sooo honored to be a part of this. Im so excited about the campaign. I talk about it all the time.

        signed~your biggest fan!!
        Raye <3

    • YEA I AM FROM WHITE SATANIC OHIO AND MY FATHER WAS MURDERED AND I WAS ALMOST KILLED BUT THEY CHOSE TO IMPRISON ME ON LIES FOR TWELVE YEARS IN HOPES THAT MY LIFE WAS OVER AS A EXCITING BLACK MAN. I AM STILL TELLING AMERICA THE TRUTH BUT AMERICAS LAW ENFORCEMENT DOESN’T WANT TO GIVE ME MY RIGHTS AS A NATURAL BORN CITIZEN. SO THEY WILL HELP OTHER COUNTRIES CITIZENS BUT NOT ME DOUGLAS K. STEWARD IN WASHINGTON DC FROM OHIO. I WOULDN’T BEEN A PRO ATHLETE HALL OF FAMER AT MY LEAST FROM BEING BURNED WITH GASOLINE OVER 50% OF MY BODY AND STILL BECOMING THE BEST ATHLETE IN THE STATE OF OHIO BEFORE THEY ENDED EVERYTHING WITH THEIR CONSPIRACIES AGAINST ME. WHY IS AMERICA ALLOWING ME TO NOT GET A INVESTIGATION INTO MURDER AND MORE CRIMES COMMITTED BY CRIMINAL WHITE OHIO LAW ENFORCEMENT AND OTHERS??? DOUGLAS K. STEWARD IN WASHINGTON DC FOR TRUTH AND JUSTICE FOR ALL NOT JUST SOME!!!

  3. Hi James, I like the idea you are trying to convey here, and I think the pictures are definitely very visceral. One thing I was thinking was whether these nude photos unintentionally perpetrate certain other stereotypes as they try to make a statement. I think there may be a certain stereotype around blacks as being “hyper-sexualized” for both male and female (not only being promiscuous, but showing off body parts, etc). While this is already done a lot in the media, I think this stereotype may be particularly attached to blacks as well. Many critical theorists talks about this, and if you run a search on “critical race theory” and “hypersexualization”, you might find some interesting stuff.

    http://www.thenewblackmagazine.com/view.aspx?index=176

    http://vc.bridgew.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1132&context=undergrad_rev

    • Hi Miguel…You raise a very good point! I can personally see how one might question the hyper-sexualization of Black Americans. On the flip side…their raw sexuality is what captured your attention from the first glance. As we all know with anything…Sex or the sexualization of anything makes it more marketable. Therefore it’s a catch 22 that works in making others take notice of the NAKED reality of these various messages. This may go over the heads of a few…but the majority have already recognized that the NAKED TRUTH is more important than the NAKED BODIES.

    • This shows black people are comfortable in their skin and being black is nothing but beautiful. The whole thing is supposed to be shocking–the statements, the images, essentially the movement

  4. I love this project. It reminds me of Greenfield-Sander’s The Black List Project, yet takes a new direction for several reasons. One : I’m making an assumption here, that it was created by a Black Photographer.Although I don’t have a problem with Greenfield-Sander’s ownership I think this creates a strong message. Two: Societal concerns are clear and are the intended focus, whereas Greenfield-Sander’s only wanted to focus on the image. Three: Using unidentifiable faces allows us in combination with the text makes it more personal. I can see images and thought of myself in this project.

    You posses wonderful technique and skill at taking photos, plus Art that motivates and inspires action is incredible. I just want to see more photos.

    I have a few questions. I understand why these models are covering personal places on their bodies for advertising reasons. Did you photo any models without the protective covering element? I find that I’m aroused by the unknown of their bodies. I wonder if they were fully exposed figures if I would not feel this sensuality as much. Also What kind of camera did you use and how do you plan on printing these.

    Can’t wait to get to an exhibit. And if you are touring the exhibit soon, will you be traveling with it?

    • Hi Elyas,

      First I would like to thank you for the positive feedback and secondly to answer your question…I AM BLACK! Now…let’s move on to your questions:

      1. Yes I photographed all the models at some point in their personal sessions completely naked, however I don’t wish to turn my project into something that is over-sexualized. At that point you lose the impact of the message. Nudity has been used to both represent the raw nature of each message and as a tool to attract the interest of the viewer without completely taking the focus off of the message. For in the end…the message is the main focus not the naked bodies.

      2. I don’t wish to discuss my camera or equipment. My techniques and tools of my trade are the not the focus of this project, so I wish to leave them completely out of it respectively. Thanks.

      3. As of now, I don’t have plans to travel with this exhibit, but I don’t know what he future holds and I am open to that option should it present itself down the road. Thanks again for all the great feedback and stay tuned for updates!

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  6. Absolutely love it. Yes it caught my attention, would love to purchase a print too! Very positive…

  7. Wow, simply amazing and thought provoking art. Very interested in purchasing prints for this as well. I already have a wall space for it. Thank you for sharing your vision.

    • Hi Sahbi,

      There are many images that I have yet to release…so trust me, there are some that I have already used that are just not posted. Thanks again for the great feedback!!!

  8. I really enjoy where this is going. I also am interested in buying prints. Will they come in singles, all together as posted above, or both? Keep giving us a positive voice via your expression. I and many others appreciate it.

    • Hi Maya,

      I will posting an online link where posters can be purchased and there is coffee table book in the works. Stay tuned and thank you so very much for the great feedback!!!

  9. Would you be open to including other cultures which are also experiencing stereotypes. Muslims, Latinos…. As a black Latin American I felt very touched and saw myself in every image. This is a panafrican issue.

    • Hi Yokasty,

      Your post was both very touching and eye-opening at the same time! It’s wonderful to hear that this message is not only impacting those of us that are Black in American but other Blacks & ethnicities around the world. At the current time I am focused on this campaign, however I will consider the idea of including others in the future. Thanks again for your feedback and feel free to add me for more update on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/noire3000

      -James C. Lewis

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  11. I love what you’re doing here. Can’t wait to share this on my FB timeline and email it several friends. Thank you for presenting us as we are and for hopefully helping to open up a dialog.

    • Jerzygirl,

      I appreciate the great feedback and I also thank you kindly for re-blogging the video documentary on your personal blog. With the help of God and wonderful individuals such as yourself…I know this campaign is going to make a some big waves that can not be ignored!! Thanks again!!!

  12. Wow how innovative! So impressive I love this campaign! I love the message it sends. I’m wondering if you will be doing more on this project and if you will, will you be addressing other issues with this style? It’s eye catching and so dramatic. Respect! Maybe you can do one that points out that us bi racial people are not red bone high yellow or mulatto that we are black people too! just a suggestion! love your work keep doing what you do and I will spread it anyway I can!!!!!!

    • Currently no plans to be in Harlem anytime soon, however that could quickly change if the invitation was extended along with all necessary expenses. In the meantime, I would welcome the opportunity for you all to do a writeup on the movement of the NAKED BLACK JUSTICE CAMPAIGN. Just let me know!

      James

      • i wil check it out. we are looking for connections to harlem. if any come to mind – say, one of your subjects is from harlem, etc, please let us know.

  13. I love this campaign. However, I’m a little disappointed that all of the models are slim/muscular. Sizeism is very real in our community and most of us don’t fit eurocentric ideals of beauty.

    • Hi Diane,

      Before you crucify me…LOL!!!…Let me share that I am not yet done with this campaign…I am going to be adding various size men and women of varying ages. Just hold tight and thanks for the love!!!

      -James

  14. There are so many things I love about these photos. This is truly a powerful message. The most powerful to me is that it says Black not African American. I am very proud of my African heritage and would not change it if could, but I am a Black women. If it was up to me I would only be called an American but that will never happen. So I wear Black proudly and honor my African heritage as much as I can.

  15. I saw this on Tumblr. Great campaign! I love what this campaign is doing. I’m a fourth African American, but since I don’t have the darkest skin tone people usually make fun of me. Maybe it is just because I am still in high school. I just want to say, that this is really inspiring and touching project.
    With love,
    From Okinawa, Japan.

  16. This is creativity at its finest….. As I have always said “Black is Beautiful”….. But you can’t completely write off that “hypersexualization” part from a black person, because even without d “nudity” part,a black person still carries a kinda sexual feel,let alone now being naked……. Well that goes to say that your message would most definitely spread around the world,,, because truthfully,that was what first caught my attention,and I am in Nigeria,far away in Africa, and I have heard it….. My hope and prayer is that this project causes d change that it intends,,, because this growing generation is no longer moved by what it hears,sees and reads anymore…. I also like the fact that you are showing blacks just the way they were forced out of our shores here in Africa,away to a foreign land…….”Bare and Nude”…”Bound by chains in captivity” just the way the words and inscriptions are bound on the body of the blacks you portray……. And Lastly,I admire your photographic intellect,because I am also into photography,and I can say dis was brilliantly done. Thumbs up ma,and success in your campaign…. Tnk Ɣ☺ΰ‎​‎….. Emmanuel from Nigeria.

    • Emmanuel,

      You truly get what this entire campaign is all about!!!…That in itself makes me happy to know that this message is being heard LOUD & CLEAR around the world! Please continue to spread the word to others and stay tuned for updates! Thanks again for the phenomenal feedback!

      -James

  17. We see your trying to raise $10,000 dollars. What EXACTLY are you going to do with the funds you acquire from this campaign? Your idea and concept are great, but we’ve experienced many photographic campaigns like this before…What begins as a social plight to benefit MANY becomes an “apparent” social plight to pay the personal bills of the photographer.

    • Hi Angel,

      You make a very valid point and if you take out the time to actually go to the link and thoroughly read it you will see exactly what the funds will be used for. Thanks!

  18. Just a tiny comment that there’s a grammatical mistake in the title for the video “don’t judge a book by it’s cover”. It’s = a contraction for “it is”. You want “its cover”. Otherwise: beautiful.

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  20. All models(or those pictured in your ad) are in shape. Why? Where is the BBW? Where is the stocky man? Moreover, both men and women(all of them in this ad) are covering their breasts and genitals. Why? If you set out to make a statement. Make it POWERFUL!!!

    • Patrick…for starters I have shot over 100 models of all sizes, ages and complexions. However you have only seen a small sample of the entire project, therefore before you base your entire synopsis on what is displayed…try inquiring of more information. Finally, the project was designed to bring awareness to an important cause, not get your perverted rocks off. So please understand that you will NEVER see any exposure of genitalia displayed…The messages alone are POWERFUL enough!

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