A Leader to Meet This Moment
NRDC president and CEO Manish Bapna, an economist by training, knows that solving the climate emergency will require the global transformation of key economic systems—and that the transformation cannot wait a day longer. 
By  Brian Palmer 
Portrait by Cheriss May
A Conversation With Aaron Rahsaan Thomas 
Story by Natalie Daniels, Hollywood.com
Portrait by Cheriss May
SECRETARY PETE BUTTIGIEG ON THE FUTURE OF TRANSPORTATION
‘This is a major, major investment in setting America on the right path for the years ahead’
By Andrew J. Hawkins @andyjayhawk
Photography by Cheriss May

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg | Photo by Cheriss May

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg | Photo by Cheriss May

The New York Times: She Built a Baltimore Restaurant Empire, but Still Works the Stove
Cindy Wolf is a rarity — a seasoned chef focused on her flagship and a style of white-linen dining that’s been endangered by the pandemic.
By Brett Anderson
Photography by Cheriss May

A Tennis Champ, Political Star and the Minds Behind the COVID-19 Vaccines: PEOPLE's Women Changing the World
Every year, PEOPLE highlights females who are making a major difference; sneak a peek at this year's honorees
By Kate Hogan and People Staff
Portrait of Dr. Corbett by Cheriss May

Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett | Photo by Cheriss May

Commissioned portrait of First Lady Dr. Jill Biden on the White House website

Commissioned portrait of Dr. Jill Biden — Featured in University of Delaware Magazine

University of Delaware Magazine credit

VP Kamala Harris at the White House | Photo by Cheriss May for Reuters

Psychiatry Confronts Its Racist Past, and Tries to Make Amends
But there is a lot to apologize for — from Reconstruction to today.
By Judith Warner

Dr. Danielle Hairston | Photo by Cheriss May for The New York Times

Child Care in Crisis: Can Biden’s Plan Save It?
Child-care centers improvised during the pandemic, scrambling to stay open with razor-thin budgets and little government guidance. How long will the short-term solutions last?
By Alisha Haridasani Gupta

Portraits for NY Times story

BET Urban Beauty TV show | Photo by Cheriss May

BET Urban Beauty TV show | Photo by Cheriss May

BET Urban Beauty TV show | Photo by Cheriss May

Unit Stills — BET Urban Beauty TV show Season 2

Elise Sampson | Photo by Cheriss May for Scholastic Choices Magazine -

Elise Sampson | Photo by Cheriss May for Scholastic Choices 

First Lady Michelle Obama | Photo by Cheriss May

Cut50: Michael Deegan-McCree, former Policy Associate, Van Jones, co-founder and board member, Louis L. Reed, National Organizer. | Photo by Cheriss May

Gorden Campbell - Commissioned portrait | Photo by Cheriss May

Commissioned portrait Derrick Johnson, President and CEO of the NAACP | Photo by Cheriss May

Roscoe Brunson, III., Community Organizer | Photo by Cheriss May

Visitor at the American I Am exhibit | Photo by Cheriss May for Walmart

Ghana portrait | Photo by Cheriss May

Ghana portrait | Photo by Cheriss May

Ghana portrait | Photo by Cheriss May

102-year-old Clifford Johnson Sr. | Photo by Cheriss May

James McBride, 2015 National Humanities Medal — The White House | Photo by Cheriss May

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberia's 24th President | Photo by Cheriss May

Ruth Carter | Photo by Cheriss May

Mr. Brainwash | Photo by Cheriss May

COVID-19 threatens to wipe out decades of progress for U.S. women
Women helped pull the U.S. economy out of the last recession. This time around they are falling behind.
By Olivia Rockeman, Reade Pickert and Catarina Saraiva, Bloomberg News
Photography by Cheriss May
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Black Businesses Need More Than Retail Activism to Survive
Buoyed by the “Buy Black” movement, entrepreneurs say they need capital and financial advising to keep the momentum going. 
By Jordyn Holman and Deena Shanker Bloomberg Business 
Photography by Cheriss May
The duty and burden of the Black police officer
“This is not the department I joined 30 years ago,” Contee says now, as an assistant chief of the District’s Metropolitan Police Department. — DCPD Assistant Chief Robert Contee 
By Dan Zak and Ellen McCarthy
Photography by Cheriss May, for The Washington Post
Howard University to be Present at Adobe Worldwide Sales Conference 
WASHINGTON – (December 6, 2018), Howard University has been selected to attend the Adobe Worldwide Sales Conference this December in Las Vegas. Howard will be the only historically Black college or university at the conference, joining the University of California, Berkeley and University of North Carolina. Representing Howard will be award-winning photojournalist and digital design adjunct professor, Cheriss May, along with two students – senior Sydne Barard and sophomore Kiara Hardy. The conference will include leaders in industries of photography, video production, documentary filmmaking and storytelling. — Portraits I created of Howard University students for Adobe.

Sydne Barard (Adobe micro internship portrait)

Sydne Barard (Adobe micro internship portrait)

Kiara Hardy (Adobe micro internship portrait)

Kiara Hardy (Adobe micro internship portrait)

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