As a writer, Langston Hughes is the ultimate. I remember reading his work as a teenager and being so blown away by his voice and style. In some weird way I believed he was speaking directly to me. It was as if he was telling my story.
Tuesday, February 01, 2011
I later learned that many people felt like Langston spoke to them. He transcended race but still managed to capture the black experience. He wasn't trapped in a box of blackness, but always acknowledged his roots. He once said, "We know we are beautiful. And ugly too." He highlighted the beauty of the black experience, but didn't ignore the ugly.
There has never been another like Langston Hughes and there never will be. But, there is nothing wrong with having Mr. Hughes as the model.
A few months back I was honored to do a photo shoot in the "likeness of Langston Hughes" with photographer Dax Alexander. With styling by Yarnell McCullum and make up by Devon Fraser, we listened to Bessie Smith and did our best to capture the essence of Langston.
Langston would've been 109 years-old today.
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