Ten years ago, I put together a photo exhibit that featured African American natural hairstyles while posing questions of race, beauty, and culture. The exhibit was called “Skillets.” Folks like Rena Church at the David L. Pierce Art and History Center, Karen McConnaughay, Kane County Board; Amy Roth, Aurora Public Library; and Angie Richardson, Illinois Math and Science Academy, were all supportive in providing a platform and/or wall space for the exhibit. So, I thought it would be fun to track down some of the participants and see what they are up to now.
Audra, 13, is currently a seventh grader at Seven Lakes Junior High School in Katy, Texas. A runner since age six, Audra ran cross-country for several years and now competes hurdles and long jump. She was also a member of the 7th grade girls’ volleyball team. Audra likes too read but loves to write – particularly poetry. She also plays the piano and, reportedly, a good game of Fortnite. Although she is not quite sure what she wants to be when she is an adult, she has recently developed an interest in forensics and thinks a career in the FBI would be interesting.
Olivia, 14, is currently in ninth grade at Seven Lakes High School in Katy, Texas. She is an avid reader, keen on science, is learning the art of calligraphy and a member of the junior varsity dance team. Dance is her love language, having taken lessons since the age of two, she is trained in classical and contemporary ballet, tap, jazz and lyrical. After high school, Olivia plans to attend college, majoring in Biology, and pursue a career in medicine specializing in radiology or genetics.