Photographic Conceptualizations of Jarrad Henderson


Studio Bug: Ques!!!

Enthusiasm. Something every man of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. has.  I finally got an opportunity to work with he brothers of Epsilon Delta Chapter at the University of Missouri. Among other things, the ‘bruhs’ had just gotten fresh ‘hits’ or brands. The significance of branding in Black Greek Letter Organizations allegedly stretches all the way back to the 1900s where members practiced the bodily scarring method to empower the members, signifying the lifetime commitment among other ritualistic beliefs the members held close. (more…)

Meet Chanecka & Ana

Chanecka and Ana have been best friends since coming to college in 2008. Although they both have grown up on different sides of the States, fate lead them to Columbia, Mo. where they both are undergraduates at Stephens College. With little activity for Black women on campus, Chanecka and Ana both found sisterhood in Black Greek Life (Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. respectively). This upcoming story will focus on the relationship between best friends, their collective vision as aspirants of BGLOs, and their struggle to create a safe place for women of color on their campus through their development of a new campus organization: B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L.  Yes, I have been working on this folks! Gotta finish this Master’s degree! I’ll post more updates as I get them. 🙂

2010 LBC BBQ p.s. I love this camera

If I had to choose ONE camera to shoot with for my Beyond This Place project, I’d have to choose this Nikon D3x. I have the opportunity to shoot with this beautiful camera this week while getting prepared to open the equipment window at Mizzou. Put simply: I focus on decisive moments. I dont need 12 frames per second to do the type of work I want to do. The D3x gave me the familiar feel of the Nikon D3 body with the incredible image quality that was absolutely awesome. I had to do very little sharpening and color adjustments to get these images to look the way I wanted. Basically, if you know someone at Nikon who can loan me one of these for a couple of years, please let me know. lol. More images from LBC BBQ…. (more…)

About Beyond This Place

Check out the new Beyond This Place Video Yall! Comments Welcome! 🙂

BTP: Huston Tillotson University

It doesnt matter where I am. Howard, Virginia State, Lincoln, Morehouse, or Virginia Union…Whenever I step foot on a Historically Black College or University (HBCU) I feel comfortable. Ever since I have become serious about my Beyond This Place project, I have been put in positions to meet some of the most interesting people. At Huston Tillotson in Austin, TX it doesn’t feel any different. (more…)

And the Winner Is….

“What do you think?” asked a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. who stopped me as I walked up to the balcony.  I hesitated to field her question because I was ready to finish watching the Epsilon Chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha (ZTA) perform their step routine, which was drawing incredible applause from the crowd at the Atlanta Civic Center.

This young lady was convinced that the first National Sprite Step Off competition was rigged, that ZTA was drawing all of their excitement simply because they were white.  So as I contemplated my answer, I knew the truth wouldn’t be well received.

“It’s a step show,” I responded, “and as long as you realize that stepping is all about promotion and recruitment, then it doesn’t really matter if they win or lose.” She quickly responded, “No, I am a member of Delta Sigma Theta baby, we don’t recruit. If they let these white girls win, I’m turning in my membership card!”

My first thought was “so… you’re telling me that a sorority, which is the largest of the Divine Nine Black Greek Letter Organizations (BGLOs) with a surplus of 350,000 members, does not recruit? Not one member?!”  My second thought came two hours later.  “I hope the DST membership office gets that young lady’s card like she promised.” (more…)

This Is What It Is About


Sure. The Sprite Step Off could have brought an artist like Drake to perform at the University of Missouri this weekend.  They could have had more teams. They could have lowered the price of admission.  Instead, Columbia, MO got a taste of a beautiful culture.  What the Step Off did do is give people an opportunity to learn more about Black greeks, provide a (dare-I-say) CRACKIN’ Big Boi aka Daddy Fat Sacks aka Sir Luscious Left-foot concert, and give $4,500 to the local Boys and Girls club.  There is so much I could respond to in this post, but Im so excited to know the true message of these events is being coupled with a national service effort.  So, if you get mad about spending your $21.50 this weekend, just consider your cash a donation to the community you pollute.  Thats right.  If you’re not giving back, you’re polluting the environment you are in; socially, culturally, and academically.  I sincerely hope Sprite will see fit to bring the event back to Columbia if they have another competition.  I’m not saying the competition is old gold, but there is an opportunity to learn something here.  Hope you like the images. 🙂