Ruben Natal-San Miguel is a celebrated street and fine art photographer and a friend. Last Monday we went to the RuPaul’s Drag Race season 8 premiere in New York and he shot all of the girls. Chi Chi Devayne managed to make the cut and into Ruben’s tribute to Black History Month on Facebook and here. He’s been shooting street portraits in his neighborhood for a decade and he had this to say…
“This part of why, I posted every day… the lack of diversity of African American imagery in the art market place and how they (as in the Oscars) in the month of February goes by unnoticed. I’ll post every day for the whole month, a single portrait taken of African Americans in New York City…
Because, there is always an excuse (now the damn primaries) to avoid commemorate, recognize and celebrate this part of our American Culture.
Let’s start acknowledging our fellow Americans!
Black is Beautiful.“
We’re posting his final two portraits here, that happen to coincide with the controversial Academy Awards, which for the second year in a row have not nominated any African American’s in the 4 major acting categories. Or as Chris Rock, host of the Oscars last night,
““What I’m trying to say is it’s not about boycotting or anything. It’s just we want opportunity. We want the black actors to get the same opportunities as white actors. That’s it. And not just once. Leo gets a great part every year. All these guys get great parts all the time. But what about the black actors?““