My shadow box represents some of my identities and fights some dominant narratives with my counter narratives. In my shadow box I have two ballet slippers. I used to do ballet. A visual stereotype/dominant narrative for ballet is a white, tall, and lean girl. I am only one of those words mentioned, which is my sex as a female. I don’t fit the stereotype but I do ballet anyway because it’s what I like, this is a counter narrative. Another object in my box is my second favorite book, A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron. The writings in this book has nothing to do with my identity but I’m using it to show my love for books. My three flags shows my mixed races. I am African American, Latino, and some Native American but as far as I know, I’m Cherokee. I have my beads to represent my three flags. The American and Cuban flag is red, white and blue, and the Cherokee flag is green, yellow, and orange. I have my White Diamonds lotion to show my perseverance for objects. I’ve kept my container of lotion for 3 years and counting. My grandma gave it to me and I want to keep it for as long as I can, to show my perseverance and my accomplishment for not losing it. People may think kids are irresponsible and can lose objects easily as a dominant narrative, but look at my three year old lotion. It’s my counter narrative and I’m very proud of my perseverance. I also have a shell from Mexico to show my traveling experience. My family travels a lot but Mexico was the first place that we went out of country. I have a flower here to show my love for flowers and to show some African colors because that’s what I mainly am. I have a necklace to show that there is a stereotype that girls must have jewelry. Even though I have it as jewelry, in my eyes it shows another way of my responsibility with objects. My bracelet of #FeedtheHood is showing my kindness to love my community and breaking the stereotype/dominant narrative that kids can’t help with grown up problems, like our homeless streets. Yet, I helped and it shows my counter narrative again. Finally all of my pictures show my memories, my knowing of people, my love for my brother/family, my love for sports, and my favorite dog. This box represent me and some of my identities.Tags: #blackballerina #EthnicsStudies #identities #ShadowBoxes Life Academy of Health and Bioscience
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