The Interview

Lakisha Cohill

H&C  INC

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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.

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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

me.

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.

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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!

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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.

LAKISHA COHILL