If I omit my father’s last name, my name becomes racially ambiguous: Amanda Moore. Relieving worry of discrimination or false misconceptions based on who I am as a professional. My white beau puts me in contact with a company, my resume is viewed, Company A is thrilled with how qualified I am, I’m invited to interview. They meet me. They realize not only am I Black but I’m an "Afrocentric Black". The interview lasted all of 3 minutes before meeting the manager of the department. The question arises “Do you think I would be a good fit for the company?” The recruiter responds, “Due to the size of the department, they’re probably going to want a candidate that already fits into their culture.” Cool. I’ve been interviewing for awhile now. I’m not sure what took me so long but I have noticed interviewers only focus for the first 3 minutes of the interview before making a decision. The process is subjective, perceptive, and unfortunately, discriminatory. But hey, this is the world we live in.
Black people, both men and women, have the ability to transform ourselves into individuals that will make Corporate America not feel so intimidated by our powerful, striking presence. There have been panel discussions in college on natural hair in the workforce, conversations amongst peers at happy hours and college functions; this isn’t something new for us. We understand the interviewing process is subjective so we fake it until we make it. Our versatility and capability of swiftly understanding and dealing with a business situation in a manner that more likely than not leads to a good outcome is what makes us great. We have Business Acumen, baby.
The images of my creative project, entitled Business Acumen, depict black women’s versatility in the workplace with the capability of maintaining a sense of professionalism and poise. Each woman apart of this project had their own personal style; all exuding a sense of confidence and royalty that fed off of one another. The women of this project were also modeling pieces from Jerrod Collins' fashion brand, The Goods For Society - a men’s furnishing brand specializing in pocket squares and ties. The focus of the brand is “to merge the defiant morals of street style with the hunger of boardroom ambition.” Find The Goods here: http://thegoodsforsociety.com/shop/
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Subjects - Chelea, A’brielle, Sylvia, Tahirah
Photographer - Ryan McCaulsky
Stylist - Candace Rogers
Designer/Founder of TGFS - Jerrod Collins
Creative Director - Amanda Moore-Karim