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CEO Marli Washington in the office

“Soy todo lo que soy. I am all that I am” reads the yellow embroidery stitched across the chest binder framed & mounted on the wall. Atop the bookshelf below, a small pride flag is nestled in the soil of a Chinese money plant. A print hanging to the left declares “Black Trans Lives Are Precious” — a reminder that there is no pride without justice. “GC2B” is written in the middle of the display in white marquee lettering. The glow of the soft yellow bulbs makes it clear that this is the headline.

This isn’t the typical office décor…


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Written in November 2020

McPherson Square is bursting with fall foliage. Leaves shaded in autumnal hues of mustard, cinnamon and oatmeal are the perfect backdrop for an equally colorful crowd. Critical Condition Band (CCB) begins to play and the energy in the square rises. Syncopated percussion rings out from the speakers and the lead mic’s deep, raspy voice starts a call & response with the crowd. Slowly everyone breaks into dance and it’s my job to capture all of this emotion on camera.

Young mothers bounce their babies on their hips. Older couples start to shuffle hand-in-hand. College kids jump…


Written in October 2020

Fatou Mambouray can’t recall the details of her first sickle cell attack but can instantly tap into the feeling: “First word ‘excruciating.’ Second word ‘pain’…. it’s not from anywhere that you can feel on the surface; it’s deep within.”

COVID-19 has thrown the entire globe into limbo. We’re all stuck in this moment in time with no certain end in sight. Many dual citizens are also trapped between nations, struggling to determine where to take shelter in the midst of the deadly virus. For the immunocompromised, the stakes are even higher. …


Written in October 2020

“We the people of Tent City have the right and responsibility to reform and abolish an imperfect union.” Student activist Aniyah Vines is speaking to a small crowd gathered in Southwest DC. Dressed in all black, the white “Tent City” text on her sweatshirt reflects the distant streaks of streetlights across the courtyard. Her preamble rings out through a bullhorn late Wednesday night and the crowd passionately recites their new constitution.

“We will demand justice for the black and brown community through the lens of education. …


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Photo by Elijah O'Donnell on Unsplash

Written in January 2020

Distrust of the media is at an all-time high. We’re constantly bombarded by claims of “fake news” directed both to and from the White House. President Trump claims that the liberal media have launched an unfounded witch-hunt against him since he announced his presidential bid in 2015. He alleges that there’s an intentional effort to defame and discredit him through mischaracterizations and outright lies. On the other side, the majority of mainstream media outlets assert that in actuality Trump and the networks that support him are the ones spreading misinformation about his administration, business ventures and…


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Photo by Anna Jiménez Calaf on Unsplash

Written in February 2020

The Photograph, written and directed by Stella Meghie, was the lead romantic drama at the Valentine’s Day box office. The date-night approved flick struggles to build strong leads and a love worth rooting for, but ­it’s saved by a strong supporting cast.

New York journalist Michael Block (Lakeith Stanfield) meets a young curatorial assistant named Mae Morton (Issa Rae) while researching a story on the post-Katrina lives of Louisiana fishermen. During the course of an interview, Michael discovers the work of Mae’s mother, noted photographer Christina Eames. He then pivots from the article to dig further…


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Written in November 2019

Solange Knowles continues to take the art world by storm with her latest curated show, Bridge-s. This past weekend, the Getty Museum hosted a 2-day series of film screenings, artist talks and live performances all programmed by Knowles herself and powered by Dropbox and LA creative agency IAMSOUND.

The highlight of the program was the latest installment of Modern Living, a contemporary dance project choreographed by the esteemed duo Gerard & Kelly. …


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Written in October 2019

RuPaul’s Drag Race U.K. premiered on Logo on Friday October 11th to much fanfare. It marked the 18th season of the franchise’s 10-year run, which includes 4 All Star seasons and now two international spin-offs, with a third in the works. The impact of Drag Race is undeniable. What started as a niche program on a niche network has become a global pop culture phenomenon. Due to the show’s massive success, drag has now forged a partnership with another cultural titan of our modern world: brunch.

Drag brunch has been a weekly event in the LGBTQ…


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I love scary movies, always have. Even as a child I’d squeal with glee in the face of the spookiest cinema. The classic horror structure of suspenseful build & climactic release would flood my little body with a rush of adrenaline that I just couldn’t get enough of. My parents didn’t mind because, to their surprise, I’d finish a movie relatively unfazed. Unlike my older brother, I was never plagued by nightmares of evil clowns or spinning heads. …


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Self-determination is a fundamental principle of modern international law. It’s enshrined in Article I of the UN Charter and states that all peoples have the right to determine their own destiny in regards to political, economic, cultural and social development. The concept arose in the early 1900’s and fueled the succession and decolonization movements of the century.

Now in the second decade of the 21st century, many young Americans have internalized the second-wave feminist idea that the “personal is political.” Self-determination is no longer only a right reserved for nation states, but something that each individual is entitled to pursue…

Candace Chambers

Photographer + Sometimes Writer. A lil bit of this, a lil bit of that. LA. candacedane.com

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