An instabition in misogynoir

Photographer Jacquelyn Iyamah created the Anti-Misogynoir Project to give women of a colour a platform to push their own narratives.

Internet-famous Facebook page Humans of New York documents the lives of random people in New York city, USA, using images and interviews. Drawing on this widely successful method of storytelling, photographer Jacquelyn Iyamah launched the Anti-Misogynoir Project, an Instagram-based initiative that makes the telling of stories and struggles a little more intersectional and a little more inclusive.

Speaking to AfroPunk, Iyamah said she created a platform to deal with the violence and prejudice experienced by black women exclusively. Her motivation is not unique. Civil rights activist and critical race theory scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw has throughout her career drawn attention to the need for intersectional thinking when confronting the problems faced by people of colour; namely, that black women’s problems are shaped by both racial biases and patriarchy.

“Without frames that allow us to see how social problems impact all the members of a targeted group, many will fall through the cracks of our movements, left to suffer in virtual isolation,” explained Crenshaw in a 2016 Ted Talk.

Iyamah’s initiative is a photographic and narrative project in framing, one that allows women of colour to represent themselves while challenging the status quo.

"As a Black Muslim woman, I often feel like I have three strikes against me. Not only am I Black, not only am I Woman, but I am also Muslim. There is so much stigma surrounding my identities. I often feel like I have to be three times as good as everyone else just to get to the same place as them. It is not easy being the mule of the world. It is not easy having to carry the world on your back. But I enjoy being who I am. I have overcome many struggles. I am resilient."
"My existence is radical, so i nurture, cultivate, and tend to my spirit: choosing and attempting to be unapologetically and genuinely ‘me’."
"Because I always looked older than I actually was, I would say that I was stripped of my innocence early in life. I started getting male attention before middle school which forced a pre-mature awareness of my body and made me highly self-conscious. In addition, my grammar school teachers would constantly call my mom and complain about my legs being too shiny with Vaseline, or my lips too sparkly with lip gloss. I was even made to take out my braids because of the burgundy highlights at one point. It was a really confusing and frustrating time for me because I felt so helpless and attacked and unable to freely express myself. "