VICE's #BlackLove series celebrates the bonds between Black people through intimate, powerful, and uplifting narratives of love in all its forms. Through these stories, we honor the art, activism, and beauty that grows from Black love.
Delphine Diallo wants to change how women of color are seen worldwide. The driving goal may sound gargantuan—akin to, say, ending world hunger—but Diallo does not operate in small-scale thinking. The French and Senegalese artist speaks in a grand, poetic style about the possibilities of portraiture and connecting with her subjects on an ephemeral and spiritual level. Her melodious accent adds an eloquent air to her aphorisms and, before you know it, you’ve been pulled into Diallo’s mission, fully believing in her power to achieve it.