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What special qualities have enabled African-American men and women to achieve success and celebrity in the face of all-too-familiar obstacles? Sepia Dreams provides some answers to this question as it celebrates the beauty and achievement of 50 outstanding individuals. In combining fashion photographer Matthew Jordan Smith's stunning photographs with intimate celebrity interviews, Sepia Dreams honors not only black achievement but also the capacity of the human spirit.
Dancers, writers, athletes, actors, and musicians all come to the table here to relate how their passion and values guided them on the path of excellence. For basketball star Reggie Miller, it was mastery of the spirit of competition; for actor Samuel L. Jackson, endurance and a deep respect for his craft; and for singer Patti LaBelle, gratitude for both the good and the bad times.
Whatever the obstacles, these achievers know that it takes love, courage, and commitment to succeed. Gordon Parks, the first black Hollywood director and the first black photographer for Vogue and Life magazines, aptly echoes the theme of Sepia Dreams as he states in his interview: "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."
If you want to be inspired, if you have a dream, and if you want to hold something beautiful in your hands, then you will cherish this book. (Jennifer Forman)