Freweyni Asress, an activist who writes a 5-day diary to give readers a look into her sustainable lifestyle, sits for a portrait in her house in Washington, DC on July 25, 2021. As a Black woman, she voices an important perspective about inclusivity within the sustainability movement.
At her house in Syracuse, New York, Juanita Collins, the matriarch of the Collin’s Barber & Beauty Shop and someone who I called grandma, peacefully went home to be with the Lord surrounded by her beloved Collins family. She was survived by four siblings, three sons, 16 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. Tilia Rose Collins, 27, Juanita Collins’ granddaughter, sits in the sunroom of Juanita’s house, where she shared some special memories with her late grandmother over the years, in Syracuse, NY on June 1, 2020. “We came here for all the festivals and I loved coming here,” Tilia says, “My grandma would sit around the Christmas tree and handed us gifts.” The sunroom is Tilia’s favorite place in the house.
Photo illustration: Liang Runling (梁润玲), 56, was born in Nánníng, Guǎngxī Province, in China. She worked as a self-sufficient farmer for her family before moving to the massive city of Guǎngzhōu at age 22 for better work opportunities. In Guǎngzhōu, Liang worked at more than 10 different jobs, including as a caretaker, sewer, underwear vendor, hairstylist, and cleaner. She gave up her cleaning company in mainland China in 2007 to move to Boston for better education and opportunities for her two sons. She picked up a job at a pen factory, from which she earned $9 per hour. She later developed bronchial constriction after breathing in chemicals for 11 years in the factory.
Ga'verri Jones-Collins, 13, sits for a portrait below an air-brush painting of his great grandfather, Carlton Collins, at Collin's Barber & Beauty Shop in Syracuse, New York. Right: A comb Carlton and Juanita purchased in South of The Border, South Carolina while traveling, is seen at Collin's Barber & Beauty Shop in Syracuse, New York.
Viola Jingyu Wan stands for a portrait at The Met Cloisters in New York City, NY, on July 17, 2021.
Human rights activist and health care advocate Walter Flores stands for a portrait at his house in Baltimore, MD on September 7, 2021.
Ajmal, an Afghan interpreter for U.S. forces, and his family stand for a portrait before they head home in Tampa, Florida at Dulles International Airport in Dulles, VA on September 4, 2021. “I can’t wait to bring them home,” Ajmal says. “My wife and kids haven’t been able to take a shower for two weeks.” Due to long travel from Afghanistan, Ajmal’s two daughters also felt sick during the journey.
A reflection of former Facebook lobbyist Crystal Patterson is pictured in her apartment in Washington, DC, on Oct 14, 2021. She quits Facebook after becoming frustrated with the company's inability to develop a plan to make headway with Democrats.
A two-year-old demonstrator, Theo Tong, who resides in Virginia, marches during a National Day of Action rally in the Chinatown neighborhood of Washington, D.C., U.S., on March 27, 2021. Since the coronavirus pandemic began, attacks against Asian Americans have skyrocketed with pressure mounting on U.S. institutions from corporate America to the White House to take action against Asian American hate. The rally is primarily organized by ANSWER Coalition, a United States-based protest umbrella group consisting of many antiwar and civil rights organizations.
Tamara (left), 39, stands for a portrait with her friends Preethy (right) and their Vietnamese American friend who is not willing to identify herself, as they support Black Lives Matter protests at Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington, DC, on June 11, 2020. “As an immigrant, we all face some levels of discrimination, but I don’t think it would ever come up to the level of racism that Black people face,” Preethy says, “It is important for us to stand up for that as part of the community and a lot of legal reform is needed right now.” Tamara expresses her concern that the killing of George Floyd could have happened to her brother and uncle. “It meant a lot to me my friends are supportive and invite me out,” Tamara says, “As an African-American woman, it is really nice to have the support of people who are not Black, it warms my heart to have them support me.”