Cheshire Academy’s Kohn-Joseloff Gallery hosted an artist discussion with local photographer Ebony Mckelvey of Ebony B. Photography.

Mckelvey discussed her photography series titled, “Hey Ugly” with faculty, students and others. She says the series gives voice to the unspoken issue of colorism in the black community by bringing it to the forefront in a healthy and meaningful way. She added the exhibit captures the essence of black beauty in all shades while challenging audiences to look toward a deeper meaning of beauty and worth.

Watch a video about the exhibit below. The photograph collection will be on display in Cheshire Academy’s gallery through Feb. 23, 2017. It’s one of several artist discussions Cheshire Academy hosts for its students and the public throughout the school year.

“It was always difficult feeling like I did not belong,” said Jemimah Frempong, this year’s class president. “I was not comfortable in my own skin. The “Hey Ugly” series forces people to notice the beauty in black females and gives the confidence and courage to be themselves and understand the beauty of their complexion. I am doing my IB visual arts piece on culture and diversity, and I felt inspired by Ebony.”


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