This Woman Believes: And Other Untold Stories

Maya James's avatar Maya James

After finding a dismantled and destroyed women's march sign left on the streets of Traverse City, Michigan which reads: "This Woman Believes: facts are not alternatives, equal pay, science is real, etc." this work breaks phrases into individual paintings to portray unique and diverse black women from all walks of life, occupations, and practices. As a black biracial woman, this collection is my moment to express our power in politics after the election of Donald Trump. Hate crimes statistics have raised substantially, but our poll numbers are rising. 98% of black women voted against Roy Moore, an Alabama candidate and well known sexual predator. Black female candidates have flooded the nation and Michigan alone, proving the impact and power black women have on the future of the U.S. Living in an all white area my whole life, facing assault, domestic/mental abuse, street harassment and heartbreak, this work is advice to brown women in the words of Tupac Shakur to "keep ya head up."

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 1 inch
  • Medium: Acrylic, etc
  • Width: 16in
  • Year created: 2018
  • Height: 20in