changing paradigms and shit.

i invited storyteller antoinette brock to share her name project at our monthly 'gather|on' discussion series at nomad yard collectiv in december 2015. she is dynamic and you need to know her. truly happy to share this project in an evolving effort to explore and connect humanity. follow along.

antoinette brock is a curious writer who is attracted to the unexplored areas of life. a los angeles native, whose general love of learning coupled with societal standards, led her to study biology at Howard university. later, her passion for people and imparting knowledge influenced her decision to become an educator and subsequently earn a master’s of arts in teaching. she is now a freelance writer for the huffington post and working full time as blogger and photographer of don.t throw away the crust. dtac is a brand dedicated to documenting the compelling stories of the marginalized peoples of the world though editorial, documentary photography and video.

connect with antointte on www.dontthrowawaythecrust.com + www.instagram.com.aussieb. watch the complete series on xodvf.com.

Name Project: Matthew Dempster

The Name Project seeks to understand how our names shape our character and the role it plays in our identity.  

Some reflect our cultural backgrounds.  

Others are indicative of our parents’ values, interest and ideologies. 

In this week's Name Project, Matthew Dempster of Jamaican descent from Queens, NY beams with pride in regards to being apart of the cultural fabric of one of the world's most culturally diverse cities.  Yet, in a juxtaposing sentiment, Matthew acknowledges the realities of being a black man in America with a "white-sounding" name and the role it played in the opportunities he was granted.  For those of us not born into White America, there's always this awareness and looming pressure to identify with what's "acceptable" and in some ways conform in order to play the game at society's programmed standards.  

We all have a name, that subsequently has a story.  Here is Matthew's name story. Learn more here.

IG: maachewbentley 

Directed and shot by Antoinette Brock.  Post production/editing by http://fromforeign.co 


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Name Project: Keneishia White

The Name Project seeks to understand how our names shape our character and the role it plays in our identity.  

Some reflect our cultural backgrounds.  

Others are indicative of our parents’ values, interest and ideologies.  

In this week’s Name Project interview, Keneishia White who was born to an African American mother and a German father has what some would call an “80’s name.”  Here Keneishia talks about the nuances of naming in America and the prejudices society forms against those who are given certain names.  Her experiences with a “ghetto” name while not uncommon, speaks to the larger issue of structural racism in America, but also the social issues of perception, acceptance and judgement in the Black community.    

We all have a name, that subsequently has a story.  Here is Keneishia’s name story.

IG: kenni_penni

Directed and shot by Antoinette Brock.  Post production/editing by http://fromforeign.co