A glimpse into a day in the life of one man in Oakland, California draws attention to the differing needs and levels of understanding in varying societal classes. In the scene, a man peddles with purpose and dignity. Muscles and mind activated, he moves through the streets like he is swimming against the current. There is a significance about it all, a necessity yet a reality so foreign for many others.
A large industrial structure looms in the background symbolic of the black existence in America. The lines collide with force like the cross-section of oppression and slavery. The unmistakable X echoes iconic black figures' age-old empowering yet frustrated sentiments. Energy and form intermingle to become a picture of the strength, and determination still necessary to survive every day.
AUTHOR: Moanalani Jeffrey UNITED STATES
A San Francisco transplant by way of the Big Island of Hawaii. Moanalani Jeffrey was born to a Chinese mother and Black father. Without a sense of cultural acceptance, she adopted a chameleon-like quality towards identity and belonging. Described as an observer from her mother's earliest memories, Moanalani is compelled to explore the effects of racial perception and unearthing the common social threads among the classes.