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SIMBY Presents: The Voices of Sisterly Affection is a nonprofit fundraiser and photo exhibit by Kyra Williams honoring Philly's Black music herstory from Billie Holiday to Tierra Whack. All donations support media arts education for Black youth in Philadelphia.

Description

Philadelphia's motto was expanded to "The City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection" by the efforts of longtime radio host and godmother of Black Music Month, Dyana Williams. To continue amplifying the female voice in discussions about our city, SIMBY Presents: The Voices of Sisterly Affection by Kyra Williams is a glance at Philly’s Black music herstory through photography and a labor of love and respect for the Black women who have been the soundtrack to our lives: Billie Holiday, Patti LaBelle, Phyllis Hyman, Left Eye, Eve, Jill Scott, DJ Diamond Kuts, Jazmine Sullivan, and Tierra Whack. Inspired by moments in their careers, these portraits tell nine stories in our backyard with Black women and girls from the Philadelphia area —both in front of and behind the camera— to honor their legacies and origins from The City of Sisterly Affection. This is a traveling photo exhibit accompanied by culturally relevant youth photo programming, led by Black photographers, also intended to educate our youth on artists who share their roots while motivating them to realize their potential as the next generation of Black storytellers. As the founder of Stories In My Backyard (SIMBY) and a two-time Black Music City grantee, Kyra Williams has partnered with The Parkway Central Free Library and The Philadelphia School District’s TV Station (PSTV) on the 2024 iteration of this project, which is funded in part by Black Music City: WXPN-FM and WRTI-FM and REC Philly.

 

The exhibit will be on display at the Black Music City showcase at World Cafe Live on Juneteenth (June 19, 2024) from 5 pm - 9 pm ET. RSVP here.

 

This fall, it will also be on display in front of the Parkway Central Free Library’s Teen Center where we will lead photo programming.

More details to come.

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billie holiday

Photographer: Kyra Williams

Model: Payton Drumwright

Stylist: Kyra Williams & Karis Pringle

Hair Stylist: Roshun Davis

Make-Up Artist: Myisha Foy

Inspiration: Live Performance Photographed by Everett

Patti Labelle

Photographer: Kyra Williams

Model: Ania Holland

Stylist: Kyra Williams & Karis Pringle

Hair Stylist: Kyra Williams

Make-Up Artist: Bobbi Johnson

Inspiration: I'm In Love Again Album Cover Photographed by Bruce Laurance

Phyllis Hyman

Photographer: Kyra Williams

Model: Azariah Harris

Stylist: Kyra Williams & Karis Pringle

Hair Stylist: Azariah Harris

Make-Up Artist: Tattiana Smith

Inspiration: Goddess of Love Album Cover Photographed by Phyllis Cuington

Left Eye

Photographer: Kyra Williams

Model: Aliyah Staten

Stylist: Kyra Williams & Karis Pringle

Hair Stylist: Kyra Williams

Make-Up Artist: Tattiana Smith

Inspiration: Live Performance Photo Featured on glamour.com

eve

Photographer: Kyra Williams

Model: Taylar Dallas

Stylist: Kyra Williams & Karis Pringle

Make-Up Artist: Jurnee Gabri-El

Inspiration: Scorpion Album Cover Photographed by Kithe Brewster

jill scott

Photographer: Kyra Williams

Model: Ava Jackson

Stylist: Kyra Williams & Karis Pringle

Hair Stylist: Ava Jackson

Make-Up Artist: Jurnee Gabri-El

Inspiration: "Golden" Music Video Directed by Chris Robinson

dj diamond kuts

Photographer: Kyra Williams

Model: Amya Jackson

Stylist: Kyra Williams & Karis Pringle

Hair Stylist: Anisa Mason

Make-Up Artist: Myisha Foy

Inspiration: Photoshoot featured on HRBooking.com

jazmine sullivan

Photographer: Kyra Williams

Model: Tanyyah Peterson

Stylist: Kyra Williams & Karis Pringle

Hair Stylist: Shanell Jett

Make-Up Artist: Jurnee Gabri-El

Inspiration: Heaux Tales Album Cover Photographed by Myesha Evon Gardner

tierra whack

Photographer: Kyra Williams

Model: Taylor Jones

Stylist: Kyra Williams & Karis Pringle

Hair Stylist: Shanté Williams

Make-Up Artist: Tattiana Smith

Inspiration: Images Photographed by Maria Jose Govea

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