When you first meet Nina, there’s a positive energy in the mist, and no one can deny that. Our experience with her as a grantee of People’s Liberty has truly been a pleasure for each resident, fellow grantee and the core team: Aurore, Eric, Jake and Megan. Since her project King Me: a collection of photographs of African American men wearing a crown has finished, she has been making major moves. Her travels to New York, Chicago, and Louisville has taken her to under-appreciated neighborhoods, to uncover the overlooked beauty of black men.
As of now, she has a collections of photos waiting to be boldly revealed. This idea to crown black men came to her years ago as professional photographer in Indianapolis. After coming back to Cincinnati and few pictures, it seemed like fate. It was obvious to her that this was her purpose, to empower black men, and black men only.
Although her time at People’s Liberty as a Globe grantee is over, her time her as a doer isn't. During Intermission — a multi week celebration of People’s Liberty halfway point, Nina will make her debut of King Me on a much more public scale and a louder one too. This is not to be missed.
When asked about the future of People’s Liberty she had a simple but profound answer: “I wouldn't change a thing about it (People's Liberty), because you all are doing such a phenomenal job. There’s no such thing as a glass ceiling for you guys.”
We have the distinct pleasure of being deemed friends of Nina, something we do not take lightly. Her time here with us is cherished, after all, she’s family.