Sepia Dreams: A Celebration of Black Achievement Through Words and Images

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Macmillan, Nov 13, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 203 pages

Sepia Dreams is a collection of wise words from and beautiful images of fifty black celebrities from the worlds of entertainment, art, sports, and more. Speaking candidly about the motivations and qualities they believe have made and kept them successful, each celebrity interview takes the form of a lesson-one that is useful in our daily lives, one that shows us that dreams can come true, including:

* Samuel L. Jackson discusses Endurance
" I was very fortunate that fame didn't come until I'd learned to do a whole lot of different things. The work is what makes me happy. It never occurred to me to quit. From early on, it was instilled in me that it was about the work and not the result of the work."

* Gordon Parks expresses Fearlessness
"People could do many things if they just tried, but they're afraid. I have always had a great desire and curiosity about the world and what you can accomplish in it. At times, I have been afraid, but I have never allowed fear to stand in my way."

* Lena Horne tells of living with Dignity
"Dignity is something that no one can take away from you. They may try-honey, they will try-but you don't have to let them."

* Susan Taylor talks about BALANCE
"When your emotional life is in balance, everything else works. I see myself as a student of my own life. I'm always reaching for something more."

Sepia Dreams showcases Matthew Jordan Smith's extraordinary talent, and his moving photographs stand on their own as striking works of art. Intuitive and enriching, practical and encouraging, as well as visually stunning, this book inspires and guides anyone who has ever had a dream to pursue it.


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introduction xv
karl kani 1
susan l taylor 4
tyson beckford 17
taye diggs 25
loretta devine 33
boris kodjoe 41
starjones 44
tommy davidson 57
tyra banks 76
iman 100
nicole ari parker 121
phylicia rashad 132
lynn whitfield 145
acknowledgments 201

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About the author (2001)

Matthew Jordan Smith is one of the most prominent photographers of celebrities in entertainment today. His work has appeared in such publications as Essence, GQ, Vibe, In Style, Mademoiselle, and People. Matthew has also contributed to several notable books, such as Lloyd Boston's Men of Color, Sam Fine's Fine Beauty, and Tyra Banks' Tyra Beauty Inside and Out. A graduate of the Art Institute of Atlanta, Matthew taught at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan and volunteers as a photography mentor for the New York City Board of Education in his spare time.

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