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14 Forever Young
Photographs by Néstor Hernández pictorially underscore what we have in common through our children and memories of our own childhood, whether we live at home or abroad. His story leads this issue's focus.
FOCUS: Forever Young
13 Forever Young
14 Motherhood Redefines Balance & Focus
15 Why I Parent
16 Your Challenged Child and Education Law
17 How Other Communities Educate for Liberation & Transformation
3 LETTER TO THE EDITOR
6 Business Heirs Make Father's Day Special
6 Pitching Pennies
12 Miss USA 2001
19 A Different Kind of Man: A Straight Woman Explores the Lives of Successful Gay Men
21 Celebrated Artists Offer Art Buying Tips
THE PUBLISHER’S POINT
4 Still Here!
A STORY FROM THE OTHER SIDE
5 A Father & Friend
HISTORY/HERSTORY BLACK MEMORABILIA
7 Mambo: The "Forgotten" Black Music
8 Surviving the South Pacific
10 From the Kitchen of North Carolina's Mama Dip
11 Every Estate is Planned . . . Either by You or the Government
12 Earl Lloyd: First to Hit the Rim
14 "Mind" TV
20 COMING UP
22 My Mother's Womb
24 MAKING WAVES
I believe that photography represents a universal language that communicates ideas to persons regardless of education level or social status, and as such, is an ideal vehicle to promote understanding and good will between cultures.
The picture on the cover of this magazine is from the photo essay, “Forever Young.” In creating the essay, I aimed at concentrating on the positive nature of young people. I believe that while there is still great suffering and evil rampant in the world, there is also abundant evidence of strength, courage, joy, and hope. These qualities have not been adequately celebrated, especially in regards to children of color.
There is an army of photographers documenting the world’s tragedies, but a few are documenting the positive attributes of humanity. This is the side of life I want to show through images I present.
Photographing children has always been a fundamental part of my photographic career, from the Capital Children’s Museum, where I worked for fifteen years as photographer–in-residence and directed youth photography programs, to my current position as photographer for the District of Columbia Public school.
I have found that children have a natural innocence that I try to capture through my work. They love the camera and do not have the apprehensions adults have about being photographed. Therefore, I feel they make more honest images.
In my travels to Cuba and Ghana, I have noticed that children are basically the same as those in the United States. Though there may be cultural differences, they all love to play, sing, work, and enjoy life.
Note: Fototeca Gallery in Havana, Cuba exhibited “Forever Young: A Portrait of Childhood, July 2002.