It was an emotional scene in Los Angeles on Monday as thousands of people paid their respects to Kobe and Gianna Bryant during their public memorial at the Staples Center. Our first gallery captures the outpouring of love for this NBA giant, including Vanessa Bryant, who showed tremendous strength and composure during her eulogy for her husband and daughter.
Next, in celebration of the final day of Black History Month, we’ve gathered some of our favorite photo stories from this past week that celebrate black culture in all of its vibrant facets. Liz Johnson Artur celebrates black young people in the 1990s with beautiful and intimate portraits, and St. Clair Detrick-Jules’s book Dear Khloe captures the experiences of black women today as they navigate the cultural stereotypes associated with their natural hair. A newly acquired archive by Harlem photographer Shawn Walker and historic pictures from the Mardi Gras in New Orleans capture the glory of past generations of black Americans.
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“21 Emotional Pictures From Kobe and Gianna Bryant’s Memorial at Staples Center” — BuzzFeed News
“This Photographer Captures the Vibrancy of Black Youth Culture” — Artsy
“15 Pictures That Celebrate the Beauty of Natural Hair” — BuzzFeed News
“Library of Congress Acquires 100,000 Images by Harlem Photographer Shawn Walker” — Smithsonian Magazine
“20 Delightfully Shameless Pictures From Mardi Gras History” — BuzzFeed News
“Inside the Wet’suwet’en Protest Camp That Refused to Cede Land for a Pipeline” — The Intercept
“A Visual Journey Through the Ever-Shifting State of Motherhood” — Huck Magazine
“Photos From Inside a Tree Reveal Intimate Lives of Wild Honeybees” — National Geographic
“23 of the Most Powerful Photos of This Week” — BuzzFeed News
Gabriel H. Sanchez is the photo essay editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York City.
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