It’s been almost a year since Psychology Today blogger Satoshi Kanazawa sparked a firestorm with his post entitled, “A Look at the Hard Truths About Human Nature.” In it Kanazawa claimed that black women are less physically attractive than other women. Obviously Mr. Kanazawa needed to get his eyes check because the black rainbow has long produced beautiful women and now, Harlem photographer is preparing to reintroduce that beauty to the world in his new book “Beauty In Black.”

“Beauty In Black” is a coffee table book filled with images celebrating the beauty and spirit of black women, proving that black truly is beautiful. Phillips plans to travel around the country in order to capture a diverse sampling of women. According to Phillips he wanted to do something positive to combat all the negativity and feels this book is a great starting point.

“I want to photograph black women from different places — with all ages, shades, shapes, sizes and hair textures. I was raised by a strong black woman and I’m married to a strong black woman. So when I hear discouraging things about black women it disturbs me because I know they are wrong.”

Phillip also believes “Beauty in Black” will help young girls build a better self image and self esteem after viewing the beautiful women in his book who will look just like them.

“I really want young girls to have a book they can go to and say ‘This is what beauty is,’ rather than having other people define it for them.”

I’m proud to see a man taking a stand and defending the honor of black women, something that unfortunately you don’t see too often. No word on when Phillips’ “Beauty In Black” will be complete, but I for one will most definitely be buying a copy whenever it is. Will you?

What do you think of “Beauty In Black?” How is Black beautiful to you?

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