These Graduation Mugshots Look To Change The Stereotypes Of Black Men (Photos)


EJ Brown is taking a stand against racially-charged stereotypes.

The 25-year-old artist recently created a powerful photo series called The Mugshot Series in an effort to debunk typical stereotypes associated with black males. He focuses on challenging the assumption “blackness” is somehow synonymous with danger and violence.

Part of a larger art project called the Perception of Complexion, the photos in The Mugshot Series feature black male graduates holding placards similar to the ones criminals hold in mugshots.

The subjects' college majors, names and graduation dates are printed on the placards.

Speaking of his series, Brown said,

His utmost goal, he says, is to encourage fellow African Americans to tell their own stories, break the mold and not let society's expectations hold them back.

One of his subjects, Keilynn Burkes, praised the series. He told the Huffington Post,

The reaction to Brown's empowering series is overwhelmingly positive; many describe the project as “liberating.”

Check out some of the photos from the series below and head to Brown's blog to learn more.

Carlos Thomas

Christian Moore

Christopher Williams

Jarrod Brown

Keilynn Burkes

Ryan Johnson

Citations: The Mugshot Series Reverses Ugly Stereotypes of Black Men (Huffington Post)