Adama Jalloh is a photographer from London who has worked on many stunning photography projects, including her identity project, where she took beautiful photos of black girls getting their hair done.
To celebrate Black History Month BuzzFeed asked Jalloh to take pictures of what black Britishness looks like in 2016. She photographed black men, women, and children in the streets of London, including in Peckham and Notting Hill, and asked some of them: What does being black mean to you?
Banke (left) and Issac
“I’m really proud of being a black lady. My culture, the beauty, our hair style – we are naturally gifted. Being black is a gift from God.” – Banke
Babaoloye (left) and Alex
Sia (middle left)
"When I was growing up my mum would make comments about 'You need to know that you're black.' That means that you're going to have to do twice as much to get far in this country, and stuff like that makes my blackness feel like a hindrance – but not for us. It wasn’t my mum saying we’re black and we’re disadvantaged for it. It's more perspective: People are going to look at you and not want to do for you as they would for anyone else.” – Sia
"I also think black culture now generally is getting more accepted by youngsters and adults. People become more aware of it because of TV, the media, movies, music. I think it's being seen in a positive light more than it used to be. People are now embracing us and wanting to see how we are.” – TJ