Black Behind the Ear is an animated visual representation of Elizabeth Acevedo’s poem “Hair”. This poem uses hair as a metaphorical element to represent the internalized racism and racial amnesia predominant in the Dominican Republic, a place that owes African slaves for much of the island’s racial, and cultural heritage.

This motion graphics piece intends to encourage self-awareness in a time when embracing one’s culture and race can break the ossified schemes passed through generations about personality standards based on physical attributes. Understanding where one comes from helps people see why certain ideas are worth standing for, and consequently results in many antiquated, inaccurate stereotypes derived from ignorance being banish. Hopefully Black Behind the Ear will be part of this liberating process.

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Visual Communication Design (MFA)

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School of Design (CIAS)


Daniel DeLuna

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Chris Jackson

Advisor/Committee Member

Kijana Crawford


RIT – Main Campus