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I am Lakisha Cohill, a 33 year old black mother, photographer, and
activist from Birmingham, Al. I'm a mother first to a beautiful,exceptional, and marvelous 14 year old little girl, who actually saved
me from a life of destruction, and for that I owe her everything. Life
definitely hasn't been a set of Crystal stairs, but I'm grateful
for every obstacle because they're what transformed me into the
person, mother, and artist I am today.
My childhood began in Shelby
County, where I spent some of my adolescent years, and ended in
Birmingham, Alabama where I transformed from a broken child into a
phenomenal woman, and have resided for 25 years now. My passion for
art began at the age of 6, the world around me was so ugly, dark, and
depressing, so as a child I allowed my imagination to run away with
I saw the beauty in everything, the poverty stricken area I grew
up in, my mother who never really showed me any love, and the 5 family
members who stole my childhood. I always had a different perspective
of life, and the flowers growing from the concrete represented me. I just wanted to show the world that no matter how bad things seem there's always beauty in every ugly situation.
I attended Lawson State Community College where I obtained an Associates in Arts, and
continued my education at UAB where I obtained a BA in
Telecommunications. I started my cinematography company in 2016 as a way to raise money to fund the mentoring program I started the same year. I teach at-risk children the art of photography and film to keep them off the streets, in school and focused. In exchange for a donation - no matter
the amount - I provide a media service. It also allows me to provide photos for family at a great price who simply couldn't afford them and, again, why I became a photographer, so I could create beauty in
every ugly situation. When I accomplish this, the joy I feel is
indescribable. I just want to change the world through art by
changing every bad situation into a beautiful moment!
Outside my love for children, I also grew a love for mothers, parents, and families,
especially from my community. The stereotypes that are placed
on us, and by us - I mean Black people - are depressing, degrading, and I take charge of these stereotypes as a mission. I created a #MyBlackIsBeautiful Movement in 2017, and began creating content that showed black people in a positive light.
I highlighted black doctors, lawyers, actors, married
couples, black fathers raising their children, and my favorite black
moms nursing. In 2017. I shot my very first breastfeeding piece of 9
black moms breastfeeding their babies and it went viral.
Since then my
work has been featured on major platforms such as Huff post, People
Magazine, Popsugar, BET, Yahoo,,Essence, Ebony, and many more. The
goal of my work isn't to be famous but to change the world by
telling stories through my lenses, and creating beauty from ugliness.
Hope you enjoy it just as much as I enjoyed creating it.