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Redefining The Family Album In The Digital Age

We use the ordinary vernacular images that people create every day as the lever to celebrate the connections,
shared values and common experiences that unite us all in our basic humanity.


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The DDFR 2015 Trailer

Check out our latest video showcasing highlights from the Digital Diaspora Family Reunion Roadshow
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Photos From The DDFR Community

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CLEVELAND!!! 90 DAYS will be in town on Sunday, April 2nd & Monday, April 3rd as an OFFICIAL SELECTION for the 41st Annual Cleveland International Film Festival (Academy Award Qualifying Festival). We hope you will join the filmmakers at our screenings and TELL YOUR FRIENDS!

90 Days stars Teyonah Parris, Nic Few & Pauletta Washington

Directed by Nathan Hale Williams & Jennia Fredrique Aponte

Written by Nathan Hale Williams

Executive Producer Jussie Smollett

Tickets are AVAILABLE NOW at the CIFF website and we advise buying your tickets in advance!!!

Please join us immediately after the Sunday screening for a special talk back with Jennia Fredrique Aponte & Nathan Hale Williams about the film, our advocacy and the process.

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR SPONSOR AIDS Healthcare Foundation for the generous and ongoing support!!!! And, for hosting the talk back on Sunday.

Hope to see you there!!!

Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 4:35pm
Monday, April 3, 2017 - 11:40am

www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2017/90-days
www.90daysthefilm.com/
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CLEVELAND!!! 90 DAYS will be in town on Sunday, April 2nd & Monday, April 3rd as an OFFICIAL SELECTION for the 41st Annual Cleveland International Film Festival (Academy Award Qualifying Festival). We hope you will join the filmmakers at our screenings and TELL YOUR FRIENDS!

90 Days stars Teyonah Parris, Nic Few & Pauletta Washington 

Directed by Nathan Hale Williams & Jennia Fredrique Aponte 

Written by Nathan Hale Williams 

Executive Producer Jussie Smollett 

Tickets are AVAILABLE NOW at the CIFF website and we advise buying your tickets in advance!!!

Please join us immediately after the Sunday screening for a special talk back with Jennia Fredrique Aponte & Nathan Hale Williams about the film, our advocacy and the process.

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR SPONSOR AIDS Healthcare Foundation for the generous and ongoing support!!!! And, for hosting the talk back on Sunday.

Hope to see you there!!!

Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 4:35pm
Monday, April 3, 2017 - 11:40am

http://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2017/90-days
https://www.90daysthefilm.com/

This photo dates from the 1800s and features members of the Lutterodt family (I think) in Accra, Ghana. The man standing second from the right is my great grandfather. ... See MoreSee Less

This photo dates from the 1800s and features members of the Lutterodt family (I think) in Accra, Ghana. The man standing second from the right is my great grandfather.

The women standing are my Great Aunt Sodi Thompson (nee Akiwumi) on the left and my Grandmother Olanipekun Lutterodt (nee Akiwumi) on the right n Accra, Ghana around the early 1930s. I believe the photo was taken at the Duala Photographic studio run by Fred R. C. Lutterodt. ... See MoreSee Less

The women standing are my Great Aunt Sodi Thompson (nee Akiwumi) on the left and my Grandmother Olanipekun Lutterodt (nee Akiwumi) on the right n Accra, Ghana around the early 1930s.  I believe the photo was taken at the Duala Photographic studio run by Fred R. C. Lutterodt.

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Natalie ShmuelLove!!

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Akiba Onada-SikwoiaQueens For Sure

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Thomas Allen HarrisBeautiful & Powerful image and diaspora family story! Thank you for sharing. So empowering & inspiring. Nana-Ama Danquah Berette Macaulay

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Someone suggested i re-post this on its own, so here goes. . . It's probably the only pic of all of my great-uncle James McKinley Scott, MD's family on the south side of Chicago, plus some close friends, ca 1960. . . from left, "Steve" Stephens, who owned FRITZ'S popular hamburger restaurants on the south side; unidentified; Uncle Mac; Aunt Thelma; Ninette and Kevin Scott, Uncle Mac's grandchildren by his son Jordan; Wahwee Scott, Jordan's wife; Florine Stephens, Steve's wife; Cherie Scott Martin, Uncle Mac's daughter; Jordan Scott, MD, Uncle Mac's son; and Richard Martin, Cherie's son

CHECK OUT Aunt Thelma's ensemble, remembering that at this point in history, "Negroes" were often not allowed to shop, or at least try on clothes, in many major department stores, like Marshall Field. As a result, there was a HUGE seamstress/tailoring industry on the south side. Aunt Thelma's fur-trimmed ensemble is obviously custom-made; the PROOF is Ninette's JUMPER, apparently made from the remnants of the material for Aunt Thelma's outfit! How sadly ironic that, in our rush to "fit in" and spend our money downtown, we gave up much of our self-reliance, individuality, and distinction! IT'S TIME to PROMOTE those qualities AGAIN! <3 #BRONZEVILLE
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Someone suggested i re-post this on its own, so here goes. . . Its probably the only pic of all of my great-uncle James McKinley Scott, MDs family on the south side of Chicago, plus some close friends, ca 1960. . . from left, Steve Stephens, who owned FRITZS popular hamburger restaurants on the south side; unidentified; Uncle Mac; Aunt Thelma; Ninette and Kevin Scott, Uncle Macs grandchildren by his son Jordan; Wahwee Scott, Jordans wife; Florine Stephens, Steves wife; Cherie Scott Martin, Uncle Macs daughter; Jordan Scott, MD, Uncle Macs son; and Richard Martin, Cheries son

CHECK OUT Aunt Thelmas ensemble, remembering that at this point in history, Negroes were often not allowed to shop, or at least try on clothes, in many major department stores, like Marshall Field. As a result, there was a HUGE seamstress/tailoring industry on the south side. Aunt Thelmas fur-trimmed ensemble is obviously custom-made; the PROOF is Ninettes JUMPER, apparently made from the remnants of the material for Aunt Thelmas outfit! How sadly ironic that, in our rush to fit in and spend our money downtown, we gave up much of our self-reliance, individuality, and distinction! ITS TIME to PROMOTE those qualities AGAIN!

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Natalie ShmuelThis is great, thanks so much! Love the details and context that come with this portrait!

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Thomas Allen HarrisAl is that you as a little boy on the bottom there?

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Soraya RiosBeautiful photograph!

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"This was my father. He always takes me everywhere, he LOVED to take me everywhere, even just to attend a meeting. So I traveled all over China. It looks like my father really loves me, I love this picture. I always put this in my phone. It's so cute. And it's quite like a character in Chinese - means 'big'!" - Ziyu Tang at School of Visual Arts
To see more photos from our Digital Diaspora Family Reunion visit to SVA -> bit.ly/2nazwia
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This was my father. He always takes me everywhere, he LOVED to take me everywhere, even just to attend a meeting. So I traveled all over China. It looks like my father really loves me, I love this picture. I always put this in my phone. Its so cute. And its quite like a character in Chinese - means big! - Ziyu Tang at School of Visual Arts
To see more photos from our Digital Diaspora Family Reunion visit to SVA -> http://bit.ly/2nazwia
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