19-year-old artist, Myles Loftin was looking through his twitter feed one day when he came across the google search results for “four white teens” and “four black teens.” The white teens that appeared were stock photos of smiling teens, posing together and attending high school events. The black teens from the same search came from mugshots, with Wanted signs and pictures of teens handcuffed.
“It wasn’t entirely shocking to me,” explains Loftin to Creators, “I already have an understanding of the way black people are viewed in the world. I wanted to know why I couldn’t find many images of positive portrayals of black teens.” So the very talented Loftin decided to create his own series of black teens showing them in a more positive light. He also made a short film which is included at the end of this post.