Protests on Film: A talk with photojournalist & creator of Activist NYC, Cindy Trinh

Cindy Trinh is the woman behind the images of Activist NYC, she is a photojournalist with a special interest in social justice movements. We got the chance to speak to Cindy about the disparities of minority women in journalism and her experiences as a photojournalist.

We don’t get to hear the stories of marginalized people often and when we do it is most often through the lens of a white person. I want better representation of women of color and I think only other women of color can achieve that.

-Cindy Trinh

Activist NYC’s Instagram page is filled with moving, inspirational images of people organizing, demonstrating, and doing their part to fight off injustices.

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art engineered: from abstract to physical. 

I learnt a lot about design process and concepts applied in real world when I used to assist Dona Karan and Peter during the fittings of the fashion show. I understood a sense of style and taste and fashion as a means of expression over the time working for different designers. But the important thing I learnt from all of them is that 'I need to have a unique voice to be successful.'

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Where Is Storm's Movie?

As for Storm, there’s plenty to work with in terms of narrative arc: daughter of African royalty, orphaned traumatically as a child, apprenticed to a master pickpocket, worshipped as a goddess, recruited to the X-Men, rising to a leadership position within the X-Men, and let’s not forget that whole superstar superhero marriage thing. And go! There is source material penned by none other than bestselling African American novelist Eric Jerome Dickey; in fact, his mini-series has been described as Ororo’s origins story. 

Storm’s badassery makes her one of the most popular X-Men and superheroes. Period.  And we haven’t seen the full range of her awesomeness on screen yet - her regal bearing, her sense of authority, her complexity, her sexiness, her power; all of it. She’s a fighter, a leader, and did I mention she controls the weather? As a Caribbean girl, in the path of hurricanes, and vulnerable to earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes, flash flooding, and all kinds of unpredictability, I have much respect for the weather…and she who controls the weather.

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