This beautiful little girl is back again with wonderful tributes to African American works in honor of Black History Month!
Cristi Smith-Jones and her six-year-old daughter Lola have been recreating popular black paintings, sculptures, and film characters in an amazing daily photo series online. Some of the people that Lola has portrayed include Maya Angelou, Beneatha Younger (A Raisin in The Sun), Eve Batiste (Eve’s Bayou), and even Shuri in Black Panther!
Check out some of the great photos below!
Day 10. We are celebrating the first play by an African-American woman to be performed on Broadway- A Raisin in the Sun. It debuted in 1959, written by Lorraine Hansberry. #BlackHistoryMonth #araisininthesun #lorrainehansberry #beneathayounger pic.twitter.com/sxRqjDw2lt
— Cristi Smith-Jones (@MsKittiFatale) February 10, 2018
Day 12 of #BlackHistoryMonth is dedicated to 2 works of art- the 1997 film #EvesBayou, written and directed by #KasiLemmons; and the accompanying song "A Child with the Blues," written by #CurtisMayfield and performed by #ErykahBadu and #TerenceBlanchard. #blackfilms pic.twitter.com/VnkZppWD3B
— Cristi Smith-Jones (@MsKittiFatale) February 12, 2018
Day 15 of #BlackHistoryMonth is dedicated to #BlackPanther It's not just a film, it's a phenomenon! #RepresentationMatters Lola was so excited to portray #Shuri! #Wakanda @letitiawright Thank you for bringing Shuri to life and giving little girls another great role model. pic.twitter.com/aUAykKadXt
— Cristi Smith-Jones (@MsKittiFatale) February 15, 2018
Young Lola also took pictures like these last February, dressing up as historical black women, with Cristi sharing one picture for each of the 28 days of the month.
Cristi had a greater purpose for the series in mind beyond likes and retweets. “I wanted to do this concept this year, because it is important to me that my children grow up knowing about the amazing people who led the way for us, but also to have an appreciation for their actual works,” the mom told InsideEdition.com. “My hope is that Lola will grow up and look back at these photos, and read these books, watch these films, learn about this art, and see herself in them.” Amen!
Absolutely love these pics, and Cristi’s right. It’s a great way to educate not only her kids, but others as well!