BET Social Justice Campaign ‘Content for Change’
Three of my images were selected for BET's social justice initiative PSA that first aired during the 2020 BET Awards. “The initiative is being carried out by BET and various corporations, civil rights groups, and social justice organizations with the intent to positively impact social justice outcomes for Black Americans. It will support the creation, distribution, marketing, and promotion of content aimed at ending systemic racism in America in areas such as education, healthcare, civic participation, and economic empowerment.”
The Pieces We Are
My image was selected for this virtual gallery.
After a month of no work, this self portrait was taken after coming back from my first assignment since the global coronavirus pandemic. I felt so uninspired, and uncertain about my future.
Adobe Meeting - Photo Presentation
A slideshow with my photos was presented at the beginning of an Adobe employee meeting. Shantanu Narayen, Adobe CEO, presented it during a reflection of the present moment of protests, and uprisings that are happening across the country.
Documenting a National Reckoning on Race and Justice
Powerful discussion with Black photographers and photo editors who share their experiences covering a historic reckoning on race and justice and why doing so carries the weight of the generations that came before them.
As millions take to the streets to protest racism, police brutality and a system that suppresses the voices of Black Americans and people of color, it has put a spotlight on the role of the photographers documenting this historic reckoning.
Today Show Story
A story I pitched which was published by The New York Times on family protest, made it to The Today Show, with a slideshow of my photos, and interviews with the families that I featured.
NYT Portraits of Families in Protest
"Cheriss May, a freelance photojournalist in Washington, D.C., was heartbroken when she heard how her young relatives were processing the news of George Floyd’s death. But when her cousin, their father, J. Jioni Palmer, organized a protest for families to attend together, it became a teachable moment. First, J. Jioni and his son Middleton, 8, marched from their home to a busy intersection, holding signs that read: “A Man Was Lynched.” The next day, Palmer’s wife, Ashli, and their other son, Caldwell, 5, joined. Cheriss picked up her camera and began documenting her family. By the third day, more than 20 people had joined — and within a week, there was a crowd of 60, many of whom were children."
Admitn’ It Podcast — Episode 18: Homecoming at an HBCU
"In this week's episode, Netty and D get the opportunity to interview a photographer/ photojournalist/ Howard alumni and dope human Cheriss May. They gain more insight on what photos mean to her, what it’s like being a photographer, and we even get to hear funny stories about Netty at Howard's Homecoming. You don’t want to miss this episode."
Episode 10 - Say it Loud
"Tune in to hear Washington DC based photojournalist and professor, Cheriss May, discuss her time photographing politics as a Black woman. She also speaks on her experiences as both a student and professor at Howard University and the importance of having that community. I've never had a Black photography professor. Never had a Black graphic design professor either. I remember sitting in classes at ICP and hearing instructors speak high praise about all of their favorite photographers and none of them looked like me. I was angered, confused and inspired. Knowing that Cheriss May is a professor and is able to share her thoughts, inspiration and real world experience with students who resemble her is amazing. Make sure you tune in. Peace!" — Idris Solomon, Black Shutter Podcast
The Candid Frame — Episode 518
"Ibarionex Perello, Idris Talib Solomon, and Cheriss May are three of the finest creators in photojournalism and documentary photography today. Even if you're not a photographer, please take the time to listen to this episode."
Reporters On The Frontlines During Two Pandemics
"Two major issues are taking place in America at the same time: Protests in the streets demanding changes to policing in America and the Coronavirus crisis. Reporters are out there, on the frontlines, covering it all while trying to stay safe and keep a balanced perspective."
Reporting While Black: Journalists on the Front Lines
"Black journalists oftentimes have to live in two worlds when it comes to covering controversial stories on race. As journalism faculty who have all served as working journalists, we want to provide an opportunity for candid conversations with media professionals covering George Floyd's death and subsequent protests."
Philadelphia Tribune Interview
“In Conversation: Visual Meditations on Black Masculinity” is a two-gallery exhibition of photography that explores the construct of Black masculinity, through the lenses of 55 women and non-binary photographers of African descent. Photographer Cheriss May is one of the women involved in the project. Thank you to the curators of the exhibit: Laylah Amatullah Barrayn and Adama Delphine Fawundu.
Motivation Monday: Using visual storytelling to impact the world
"WASHINGTON (ABC7) — Passionate about history, culture, and storytelling through photography, visual journalist and educator Cheriss May has captured many historical moments. She joined us on the big yellow couch to share her passion for photography."
Photos Featured on 'The Chew'
Chef Carla Hall shared photos I took at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art's Awards Gala on the show.
Focus on the Story — Virtual International Photo Festival 2020
Panel to talk about photographers' rights, options for those who want to use social media but don’t want to give up control of their images. Panelists: Louis J. Levy, a DC attorney who specializes in copyright and trademark issues, Thomas Maddrey, general counsel for the American Society of Media Photographers, Cheriss May, president of the Women Photojournalists of Washington (WPOW), and Allen Murabayashi, co-founder of PhotoShelter.
'Tension' - Artist Talk
Closing reception for Click DC, artist talk that examines the relationship between Tension, Life, and Art. Featuring: Kirth Bobb, Kanayo Adibe, Dee Dwyer and Cheriss May. Moderated by Mollie Q. Coleman of High Caliber Events.
Howard University Magazine Profile
"When she was a kid back in Kansas City, Missouri, with her Kodak camera, she would take pictures everywhere she went. Her parents were very encouraging of her and would upgrade her camera, motivating her to take photography classes in high school and eventually when she came to Howard University."
The Stories and Lives of Women, Told in Women’s Voices
Female photographers document the stories and lives of women.
11th Annual Juried Show at FotoWeekDC, this year’s competition was judged by Diàna Markosian, Jenn Poggi and Maggie Steber. The exhibition displays the work of many women in photojournalism in the Washington metropolitan area.
Howard University To Be Present At Adobe Worldwide Sales Conference
"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."
AIGA DC — Nonbook Book Club
Guest of AIGA DC for an online monthly chat series through Slack covering design and diversity.