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.
Kaisje' Pryor is a 15 year old freshman student/athlete at Oswego High School. She completed her first semester of high school via remote learning. She has since transitioned to the hybrid learning model; where she hopes to continue/improve her 3.4 GPA. Aside from academics, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, collecting shoes, listening to music and playing basketball. Her love for basketball, began at the age of 9. She has played in rec and travel leagues ever since. She recently accomplished a personal goal by making her high school Varsity team. Kaisje's collegiate plans are to continue playing basketball while attending an HBCU; studying in the area of Pre-Law as she aspires to become a Sports Lawyer.