Morehouse College Releases Their “Body Issue”

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The students of Morehouse College used their newspaper to challenge stereotypical ideals beauty and showcase self-affirmation in their first-ever “Body Issue.”

Unlike ESPN’s “Body Issue”, the student run newspaper, The Maroon Tiger, eschewed showcasing the most perfect bodies and instead focused self-affirmation, healing, and liberation. Editor-in-Chief, Darren Martin told HBCU Digest, “Initially, we wanted to make this issue a socially conscious version of ESPNs Body Edition. This edition, with the tagline, ‘The Bodies We Want,’ is not indicative of the reality that we as students— or, broadly, Americans — face.”

“This edition does not only focus on the physical body, but mind and soul as well. We wanted our peers to be able to liberate themselves through the technique of a narrative and, in return, inspire and liberate others because of their transparency.”

The issue features nude images from 30 Morehouse, Spelman, and Clark Atlanta University students sharing their personal stories of mental illness, addition, abuse and triumph.

The digital version of the issue can be viewed here.