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Media Attention… it’s Bitter Sweet

Seriously?

Since the launch of  my crowdfunding campaign, I’ve been contacted by several major media outlets with hopes to write an article on my project. I followed up to the emails requesting the status of the requested interview articles.

Fortunately, one media contact provided me with honest feedback. She said…

Your campaign is great and we really love what you’re doing, but you haven’t raised enough funds for us to make it “newsworthy”

I was so excited to receive the attention I feel I Am More Than My Hair deserves but I must admit…that moment was bitter sweet. I couldn’t help but think…

Isn’t that what media attention is all about? Raising awareness on news and social media platforms so others can become aware and support?

This is the unfortunate reality of being a “not-so-known” artist.

Regardless, I’m moving forward. Somehow or another I’m going to give birth to this baby because my heart and soul tells me this project (along with past and future projects) is something I was born to give birth to.

For this reason I’m still asking for your support.  PLEASE DONATE, SHARE ON YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA PAGES AND ENCOURAGE FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO SO THE SAME! If only 50 people help raise $500 (among their connections), I will reach my goal.

Help me continue to raise awareness of one of our many transitions that the media choose not to discuss.

My project is simply redefines the beauty of female baldness. Here’s the link – https://igg.me/at/MoreThanMyHair

Thanks in advance for your support!

Alyscia

I’m Done Shooting!

After 2+ years, I am happy to announce that I’ve completed the filming and photoshoots for I Am More Than My Hair and I’m excited for what’s ahead!

It’s been a wonderful journey meeting so many different ladies from all walks of life and very different yet similar circumstances. I can’t thank these women enough for taking the time to participate in my project, which would not have been possible without them.

At this point, I’m focusing on fundraising efforts to cover production costs for the film and coffee table book. My next steps are:

  • Launching my crowdfunding campaign on March 15th (just 2 days before my birthday:)
  • Seeking funding through foundations via Docs In Progress (my Fiscal Sponsor)
  • Researching sponsorship opportunities via corporate donors
  • Hosting a private fundraising party during the period of my crowdfunding campaign

Prior to my crowdfunding launch date, I’ll send more details, including my platform of choice and next steps. All I ask is that you please help by making a contribution and share on your social media platforms. (if you’re not a participant). If you participated in my project I ask that you please help by spreading the word.

Thank you for your continued support and I’ll keep you posted!

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Nia’s story
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Courtney’s story
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Jameelah’s story

In Youth We Learn, In Age We Understand

As an adult, and mom, I can’t help but to notice the unquestionable character traits about children that I truly admire.

Children are honest and care free.

Their personalities are actually very similar to that of our elders. In other words, you don’t have to guess how they feel if asked (most times you don’t even have to ask, they’ll tell you), because they won’t hesitate to explain or give you their opinion.

But then again, I’m straight forward, I value authenticity and prefer direct communication. This way you avoid anyone having to second guess your intentions.

For my campaign, I captured video footage of children sharing their message of encouragement for the youth of Keep a Child Alive. The only direction I gave was to “What message would you tell a child, your age, to make her/him feel be happy?”

They didn’t prepare, or think twice…they simply answered to what they felt.

Here’s their response…

Throughout filming for my campaign for Keep a Child Alive I’ve noticed that although the messages come from various individuals, they are interconnected with one another.

Victoria speaks on “Flight”

Nyuma speaks on our “Power”

On World AIDS day, Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 11:59PM, my campaign for Keep a Child Alive ends. It is my hope that you will join me in the support for the youth, and give without expectation by making a monetary contribution towards my campaign. http://support.keepachildalive.org/goto/Alyscia

Thank you for your support!

Natalie’s View of Beauty

For the past few years I’ve been seeking to learn more about my family’s stories, wondering and questioning about their personal thoughts and characteristics. Including those in the midst of transition.

Although little-by-little I am connecting the dots, one thing that have become distinctively clear to me is my yearning to know the stories of people. Given my own experience  with beauty, it’s a topic I tend to focus on but in general understanding the view points and backgrounds of others is incredibly intriguing to me.

Through the process I’ve learned that although our deepest personal experiences shape how we see ourselves and others, we are ALL in the process of learning. We are all on this journey called life simply doing our best to figure things out.

As I continue to work on I Am More Than My Hair and film interview segments, I am also capturing footage of various individuals asking one question.

“What is beauty?”

Natalie tells us her view.
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Interested in an interview? Contact me via my website.

I couldn’t stop with the interview. I had to take her picture too.

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Out with the old, in with the new!

 

The older I get the more I realize that starting fresh doesn’t have to start with a new year because every day is a new day. But I must admit that there is something special about the Universal feeling of everyone celebrating together in excitement of what’s to come.

2015 was challenging for me but through it all I’ve grown. For that I am thankful and I look forward to a very Happy 2016! I have great things in the works as well.

I wish you the very best now and always and pray that you remain in the the best of health, feel an abundance of happiness, peace, love and support and all your dreams come true.

Peace & blessings,

Alyscia Cunningham

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Interview: “I Am More Than My Hair: Bald and Beautiful Me”

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Alyscia Cunningham is a US-based portrait and editorial photographer who recently launched a crowd-funding campaign for “I Am More than My Hair: Bald and Beautiful Me”.

“I Am More than My Hair” is an awareness/social-change photography project that focuses on the beauty of being bald and follows Alyscia’s first book “Feminine Transitions” featuring a series of portraits that reveal the natural beauty of women of diverse ages and backgrounds without make-up on. Alyscia’s work celebrates natural beauty while also inviting us to challenge what beauty – real beauty – means to us, even when hair is lost.

Amy Amy – Photograph from Alyscia Cunningham’s photography book “I Am More Than My Hair: Bald and Beautiful Me”

We reached out to Alyscia to find out more about her project and share her insight throughout this experience below:

1. In October 2013, you decided to make the cut and…

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