1. American Portrait
  2. Shavonne's Year

Episode Six: Black History Month Photo Shoot

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What was it really like for college students trying to navigate classes, jobs, and life during a pandemic? Illinois Public Media’s documentary series American Portrait | Central Illinois is back with Shavonne’s Year—a multipart social media series following Shavonne Cole through her junior year (Aug. 2020-May 2021) as a Media and Cinema Studies major in the College of Media at Illinois. Shavonne documents her life, living and working on campus while attending classes virtually.

Shavonne turns her small apartment into a makeshift studio space as she prepares to star in a friend's “Black History Month Photo Shoot” project for class.