Lincoln Blake, 6’5, native of Los Angeles, CA is a rapidly rising model/actor in the city of Atlanta,GA. Growing up the child of military parents…Lincoln experienced life in various areas around the globe. This former college football star has now put his focus on modeling and acting with television appearances on Necessary Roughness, and The Game. Lincoln and I began working together back in 2008 and it has been an awesome, ongoing collaborative effort ever since. If you would like to contact Lincoln for any modeling/acting opportunities, feel free to hit him up @ www.facebook.com/BlakeIII?ref=hl . Writeup and photography courtesy of James C. Lewis of Noire3000 | N3K Photo Studios of Atlanta,GA | www.noire3000studios.com
JAMIE MOREEN: To many avid season 2 watchers of “Single Ladies” on VH1 this young model/actor has become a shinning new star in the industry. For those that are unaware of his role, he plays “Nate Phillips” a flirtatious mechanic that not only captures the attention of business woman “Raquel” (Denise Vasi), but he shows her another side of romance.
Jamie is also a featured football player on USA network’s “Necessary Roughness” and has made several appearances on BET’s “The Game”. This industry newcomer has also been a featured steamy Zane novel cover model who has been seen on Good Day Atlanta and spotlighted in the August 2012 issues of Sister2Sister Magazine. My path crossed with Jamie back in 2008 when I shot him for a 1930s inspired editorial spread, since then this working collaboration has included magazine features, fashion shows and most recently a photo campaign entitled NAKED BLACK JUSTICE. Jamie has recently made a big transition in appearance…after 12years of sporting long braids he finally decided to chop the locks and move in a completely different direction with his image!
Jamie, a native of Tallapoosa,GA, is a former high school & college athlete. Surprisingly, many are not aware that he happens to be a very talented singer as well. In addition to his many talents, Jamie is also a certified personal trainer and has started his company known as the “Get Addicted Movement” here in Atlanta,GA. To learn even more about this rising star…visit his website @ www.jmoreen.com
Throughout my formal education from elementary up through college I never heard tale of African deities. A little over a month ago I began to research online to find information in regards to the gods & goddesses of Africa. To my surprise there were many, however the ones that stood out the most were the deities of Nigeria and Benin, West Africa which they referred to as ORISHAS.
This entire belief in the Orishas was directly linked to the Yoruba of the Ifa Tradition. Immediately I became inspired to do a photo series on each of the Orishas that I had recently discovered. I later learned that nothing of this magnitude had ever been done before, so it came as quite a surprise when the project went completely viral overnight. As soon as I uploaded them on Facebook they took off like wildfire through dry fields of grass and the responses were overwhelmingly abundant. Most of the feedback was phenomenal, but as always you have those who feel the need to be super critical and just plain knit picky. Overall, it has been wonderful to receive correspondence from all over the globe from men, women and children of color who have been honored to see themselves depicted in the likes of the Yoruba African Orishas. It’s also been great learning that I’ve opened people’s eyes to something that many, like myself, never knew existed.
I wanted to portray the regal beauty of each Orisha while also representing their majestic sensuality. Each iconic depiction was rendered to lend strength to our resilience as a great race of people and to show our youth that they are beautiful, bold and brilliant just they way God created them to be. Although I am aware that the Ifa Tradition traveled in the Ori “Head” of those Blacks that were captured as slaves and sent to other parts of the diaspora, I chose to focus on the true origin of the faith. Therefore each Orisha’s name is written in the Yoruba dialect and captures imagery of powerful men, women & children of various complexions who are all of African descent.
To all critics of my artwork who feel that I have misrepresented, over-sexualized, over-modernized, mis-colorized or overall disrespected the Orishas I would like to draw your attention to my favorite phrase….”INTERPRETATION…MUCH LIKE THE BIBLE IS BASED UPON THE TRANSLATOR”. There is no wrong when it comes to an artist’s creative interpretation, one must learn to become fluid with your perception and open up your mind to what the creator of the work is trying to convey. To all of my faithful supporters I would just like to say that I appreciate you more than words could ever express.
In no way, shape or form am I advocating the Ifa tradition, as I myself am not a practitioner of the faith, however I wish to shed light on our rich history in hopes that it will enlighten those who wish to dismiss our culture and heritage as merely rubbish. I am not the source of wisdom surrounding the Ifa Tradition as previously stated…I am merely the artist, however the door has been opened for you to research and learn more for yourself…Take that opportunity!
Finally…To anyone who is interested in learning more about my artwork, interviewing me for a magazine/blog writeup or live appearance, please feel free to contact my assistant/consultant Kenisha at firstname.lastname@example.org. To anyone who is interested in purchasing these works of art, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/YorubaAfricanOrishas/app_309028460694
Written by: Photographer, James C. Lewis | CEO of Noire3000 | N3K Photo Studios | Atlanta,GA
Noire3000 | N3k Photo Studios is a one stop creative shop located in the great city of Atlanta,GA. With James C. Lewis as the CEO & Creative Directing Photographer, this studio offers you the best of Photography, Graphic Design and Illustration. We also offer Hair, Makeup and Wardrobe Styling to fit your personalized needs. Our motto says it all…QUALITY OVER QUANTITY ALWAYS! We look forward to making all your photographic dreams come true!
Hello all…Just to let everyone know after the first day of the Naked Black Justice Fundraising campaign…we have raised nearly $100 dollars off everyone simply donating $1 dollar towards this great cause. However we need many many more dollars to get this campaign up and running as we would like. There are 3 different donations that can be given: $1 dollar of Love, $100 dollars, and finally $1,000 dollars. Even if you are not able to give a monetary donation…you can still help by spreading the word via your blog, facebook, website and word of mouth…EACH ONE>>>REACH ONE!!! Please take time to visit the website for full details…Thank you in advance for your continued support!! http://www.indiegogo.com/nakedblackjustice?a=374771
Hello all…This is James C. Lewis the creator and photographer of the NAKED BLACK JUSTICE CAMPAIGN! The time has come for us to get the ball rolling with contribution to this great cause. Please check out the link below to donate to the spread of this great cause. Contributions begin at $1 dollar…Please support this great cause…Thank you in advance!!
Hello everyone…I am James C. Lewis the mastermind behind the NAKED BLACK JUSTICE Campaign. I wanted to post this video so that everyone could see exactly what inspired this great movement and hopefully will continue to support this great cause! Check out the video and feel free to leave your feedback…Thanks!
Hello all NBJ Supporters…As you may or may not know, NAKED BLACK JUSTICE prints can now be obtained online. You can have your very own printed piece of this powerful campaign to share with your friends and family! Please support this cause so that the message can continue to be spread universally to the masses!!
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When I first began this campaign I had no idea that it would catch on with the velocity that has been witnessed. For the second segment I decided to add some video testimonials of various Blacks and their personal experiences here in the States. It’s one thing to look at an image and draw inspiration, however it’s an all together different encounter to hear the voices of those that have walked, felt, cried and endured situations in life that could potentially help and or inspire someone else. I would love for each person that is following this movement, regardless to where you may be in the world, to share your story with me and others. You may be surprised to learn that your experience may help someone to overcome a fear, stereotype, or insecurity! I would like each person that reads this post to take out 5 minutes or less to film a short diary entry about yourself and email it to me @ email@example.com. I will then post it for others to hear and experience. NAKED BLACK JUSTICE…We are not a STEREOTYPE…but we are making a STATEMENT!!!…so let me hear yours!!!
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This photography campaign was designed to bring attention to the issues of racism, prejudice and overall ignorance that has been impressed upon Black Americans. This is no longer just a statement…it has become a MOVEMENT to get others to understand that the world would be such a better place if we could just ERASE THE HATE!! Nudity was implemented to demonstrate the RAW REALITY of these issues…so if it causes you to become uncomfortable while viewing this…GOOD…maybe it will challenge you and others to take a stand against these injustices. If you would like to become apart of this Awesome Campaign…Feel free to contact Photographer James C. Lewis via Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/noire3000
This campaign will be presented in a Gallery Exhibition towards the end of this year. Exact dates & location to be announced in the coming months. Please feel free to share this link on your facebook pages, twitter, personal blogs, websites and any other social media to get the word out! NAKED BLACK JUSTICE IS DEFINITELY A MESSAGE THAT MUST BE HEARD!!!