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.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Blacks--Race identity--Dominican Republic--Interactive multimedia--Design; Dominicans (Dominican Republic)--Ethnic identity--Interactive multimedia--Design; Computer animation--Themes, motives
Visual Communication Design (MFA)
Department, Program, or Center
School of Design (CIAS)
Lopez, Carolina, "Black Behind the Ear: Using Motion Graphics to Encourage Self-awareness and Embrace Racial Heritage." (2017). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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