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The Newsletter | Edition 106
Progress Report is dedicated to providing inspiration for action. In this special takeover newsletter series, we highlight our team members and the ways in which they achieve progress in the day-to-day.



Jr. Art Director


New York, NY


Waco, TX

While I’m usually scouring the internet pulling “swipe” for SYLVAIN, I also lead another life as a published author, telling previously untold stories via image and interview. My latest publication, The Black Yearbook (out now!), focuses on Black students at higher-ed institutions across America. It’s a continuation of a project that began several years ago, when I documented the Black experience at my alma mater, UT Austin. The photos you see in today's edition are a part of that project.
What “progress” means to me:
Progress is many strokes of commitment to something you love.
It's waking up and working consistently towards a goal I’m trying to achieve. Even making my bed or watering my plants can be steps in the right direction.
Article that expanded my worldview:
A 2009 New York Mag article entitled “How Could This Happen to Annie Leibovitz?

Some people work to live, and some live to work. Sometimes they do both.
Fact I learned this past week:
Nicolas Cage is part of the Coppola family!
I learned this after watching one of Cage’s newest films, Dream Scenario, a dark comedy about a man who suddenly begins appearing in people’s dreams.
Tactic I use when I need to make progress:
Make a bingo card.

I love a game plan! If the day feels congested, I write down all my tasks and treat it like a game of bingo. I’ll make myself a physical bingo card with a task in each square, a simple way to make the mundane more exciting.
Quote I live by:
“If there’s a book you want to read but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” - Toni Morrison

As creatives, we get to be architects for the portrayals of the world we live in. The gap in how Black people have been depicted in image-making for the last few hundred years has left acres of life to be pictured. We have so many more books to write!
Favorite music artist:
Lupe Fiasco
Growing up with my grandparents we listened to jazz and blues, but as I got older, I listened to a lot of alternative music and mostly whatever my older sister would download for me on Limewire. One of the first artists who radicalized my mind and moved me was Lupe Fiasco. Having Jay-Z on your debut album is quite the feat! As a “retired” grade-school cellist, the strings on “Kick, Push” will always speak to me. Whenever I’m in a funk any of these artists cleanse my mind: Yasiin Bey, Chenayder, and Sugar Plant.

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