Aunye, Erik Jr, Eriyah, Eriyaune, and Erik

Erik: “Black Lives Matter means something different to each individual person. To me BLM is more than a phrase but a lifestyle. I have lived over half of my life in the public spotlight, so I have always had to be conscious of what is going on around me. Ever since I started having children 13 years ago, I wanted my children to have someone to look up to in their household. I am a proud black father, teacher, and coach who believes that the children are our future. These young black children that I’ve been involved with over the years can always count on me in any way. I embrace being a leader and teaching the youth how to lead because a lot of kids don’t have that structure. If I can help build more leaders, then I feel that I am doing my part. My family is an extension of me and my beliefs, and I feel that by involving them in everything that I do, more can be reached. The youth are our future and this is why BLM is so important to me.”

Lexington in the Time of COVID-19 is an artwork about people practicing social distancing at a time of a deadly virus. And also offering kindness.

Kurt Gohde and Kremena Todorova capture photographs at the periphery of American culture, where drag queens, discarded couches, and abandoned motel signs exist.