Who knows what she said, or what’s happening here. But I have an idea, Mari is one of the funniest and kindest people I have ever met. It doesn’t really make sense that we have a friendship, she is a sideline under my @andrea_samantha_r. In all of my other roles, my “competition” was just that, someone to compete with. But now here, not with this girl, or this team or anywhere in this company and that’s what sets us a part. It is the culture. It is the women that hold you up when you feel like you can’t stand anymore and it’s the ones that tell you to get Botox because your smile lines are getting so bad 😂😂😂. I love this woman, and her team and her bestie and that’s the best part of what we do and who we are.
UPSTATE Gallery on Main, sponsored by the University of South Carolina Upstate, is pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibition by Atlanta-based CreativeSoul Photography. “Empowerment Through the Lens of AfroArt” opens November 8 and continues to December 29. A public reception for the artists will be held on Thursday, November 15 from 5 to 8 p.m.
World-renowned child photographers, Kahran and Regis Bethencourt are a wife and husband duo and the imaginative forces behind Creative Soul Photography. Their AfroArt series, which showcases the natural hair of young girls in period piece clothing, went viral after celebrities like Alicia Keys, Common, Taraji P. Henson, Morris Chestnut, and Tia Mowry praised the collection on social media. The project was conceived as a way to inspire girls to love both their hair and themselves. This led to their work being featured on BBC News, CNN, CBS National News, Teen Vogue, Glamour Brazil, and BET. “The purpose of this series is to illustrate the story of our royal past, celebrate the glory of the here and now, and even dare to forecast the future,” said Kahran Bethencourt. “With this series, we aim to empower children of color to embrace their natural curls and the skin that they’re in.” UPSTATE gallery director Jane Nodine said, “We are excited to bring this exhibition to Spartanburg and share these beautiful baroque-like images celebrating the heritage of children of color. Regis and Kahran’s work is so much in demand with their busy international travel, it was fortunate we could schedule the exhibit and have them visit during the opening reception on November 15.”