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CREATING SPACE for Black Joy

PHOTOS by Jacobsen Valentine, a photographer, chef & social activist In Portland Oregon.

This project explores the myths, stereotypes and self-acceptance strategies of Black Portlanders. Click to enlarge the pics, read their "gap" story &     their photos!

Want to be included in our Black Gap project? Get in touch!

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This photo-based project honors the natural gap between our teeth, which in medical terms is called "diastema." While some of us were encouraged to close our gaps with braces to avoid teasing and public shaming, some African countries see the gap as a sign of beauty. Nigerians, for example, pay thousands of dollars to file a gap into their front teeth as a fashion statement (see VIDEO).

FIND OUT MORE about a youth dance-video contest using the Black Gap theme song. Top prize is $500 for most likes.