Rage & Grace

Essay 206 • Oct 9th 2017

To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious, is to be in a rage almost all the time. So that the first problem is how to control that rage so that it won’t destroy you.
- James Baldwin

Rage & Grace explores the duality of the black American experience; to be loved and hated  simultaneously while maintaining the style, grace and inherent ‘coolness’ of black America.

We continue the fight in our own country to prove that our black lives matter.


Mark Clennon is a Florida native currently based in Harlem, New York. His aim is to boost our collective self-esteem by capturing our innermost feelings in photographs.
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Model: Ashia Amave
Stylist: Brian D. Robinson