AK47 Division

AK47 Division The media division of H+ | The Hip-Hop Dance Conservatory that specializes in high art photography & cinematography and video production services for dance, the private sector and entertainment industries.
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Also provides pro-bono media services via PMS. A mélange of creative genius born of the minds of world renowned Resident Photographer Anna Kuzmina of the Hip-Hop Dance Conservatory and it's Artistic Director Safi A. Thomas. AK47 Division is a brand that specializes in high art photography and video production. Bringing a unique naturalistic representation of 'real' life to captured moments via Kuzmina's Tranche de Vie Technique©, AK47 Division transports the viewer into the visceral, emotional moments as they transpire. AK47 Division continues to raise the bar in photography towards a unique assemblage. Specializing In:
Dance Photography-High Fashion-Interior Design-Portraiture-Archiving and more.

Also provides pro-bono media services via PMS. A mélange of creative genius born of the minds of world renowned Resident Photographer Anna Kuzmina of the Hip-Hop Dance Conservatory and it's Artistic Director Safi A. Thomas. AK47 Division is a brand that specializes in high art photography and video production. Bringing a unique naturalistic representation of 'real' life to captured moments via Kuzmina's Tranche de Vie Technique©, AK47 Division transports the viewer into the visceral, emotional moments as they transpire. AK47 Division continues to raise the bar in photography towards a unique assemblage. Specializing In:
Dance Photography-High Fashion-Interior Design-Portraiture-Archiving and more.

Operating as usual

11/23/2020
Pimp My Style "Birthday Edition"

I'm excited to share this long anticipated video! For my birthday our PMS team helped me to create a story surrounding my journey as a woman. We're going live on Wednesday to premiere my birthday featurette and share our process! Join our IG live 6pm EST @ak47Division. 🙂 - Anna

07/10/2020
Pimp My Style {Alli}

Producer: H+ | The Hip-Hop Dance Conservatory
Cinematography & Editing: AK47Division
Dancer: Allison Berowski
Space: Dolby Soho

Before COVID-19 I was finding myself not wanting to pick up a camera sometimes. Recently the purpose of using my camera ...
06/21/2020

Before COVID-19 I was finding myself not wanting to pick up a camera sometimes. Recently the purpose of using my camera started to go back to me.
Photographing Safi and his son is especially has been fulfilling for me because I don't have that many photos of me and my father together, unfortunately. I never saw value in it until I lost him. Now every bit of memory has been my way to hold on to him. My favorite photo of him sits on my table: he is 17 and plays guitar, so young and handsome. When I photograph Safi and little Safi-James, I'm giving him something I would never have: a photographic tesseract for him to see the lineage of growth, love and nurture in the hands of his father.
Today we have a lot more access to technology and photography has become vocational. However I find that I don't see a lot of images of fathers and their children. I was happy to come across @thedadgang and see a tribe of men who's documenting valuable moments of their fatherhood. More of that please!
A year ago I've committed to creating a project dedicated to fathers to honor the memory of mine. After almost a year has passed since my father's death I see that the way I viewed my project was centered around my unprocessed grief. I took some time to process during this pandemic and I reevaluated my approach. Seeing the grief of our generation when black fathers and their children unjustly being killed by white fathers and their sons, I find that we need more leaders. More examples. Fatherhood plays an important part in every child's life. We learn how to treat women from our fathers, we learn about masculinity through how our fathers express it. What does it look like to be vulnerable as a man? What is the strength? What is sexuality? Black fathers, queer fathers, single fathers. Fatherhood has a lot of spectrum and complexity. I'll be using my gift as a platform to capture this beautiful process.
I want to say a special Thank you again to everyone who supported father's project so far. And thank you to @safithomas for allowing me to capture you so candidly. Happy Father's Day. Drop a comment or a memory of your fatherhood or father's moment💖

Photographer @Kunal Ghevaria
06/20/2020

Photographer @Kunal Ghevaria

Happy Juneteenth! ❤️
06/19/2020

Happy Juneteenth! ❤️

Today we celebrate Juneteenth, the day the last US confederate state emancipated their enslaved African American people in 1865.

This is a big day of celebration within the African American diaspora. Celebrate this day with us by learning about the innumerable and pioneering contributions Black people have made in this country. For this country would not be where it is without them. Including Hip-Hop, the art-form we all love. 🖤

Also take some time to continue learning about the struggles Black people still face to this day. And if you can, shop from a Black-owned business and donate to an organization committed to fighting the social injustices Blacks face on a daily basis.

Happy Juneteenth! Stay safe, everyone!! ❤️💚🖤

Photography Credit: AK47 Division

Here is @yasminefequiere looking fierce as ever 3 months after giving birth. Working with Yasmine on her maternity shoot...
06/19/2020

Here is @yasminefequiere looking fierce as ever 3 months after giving birth.

Working with Yasmine on her maternity shoot, we learned a lot about the challenges Black mothers face during pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum. "Black women are three to four times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than white women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It's partly why the overall rate of pregnancy-related deaths has climbed over the past two decades, making the maternal mortality rate in the United States the worst in any industrialized country, according to a 2016 analysis published in the journal The Lancet."

When Yasmine was giving birth, we were there for support and safety. And she gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. Watching her be full of joy, connecting with her son every breathing second is fulfilling. However, I know that her experience of motherhood is weighed down by the uncertainty of the future of Black men in America: "One day someone won't think he's cute anymore and will think he's a threat." In Chicago (1955), 14-year old Emmet Till, was accused by a white woman for flirting with her and he was later found brutally murdered by her husband and son. In 2017, she testified that her accusation was false. In Central Park (1989), a white woman was assaulted, and five 13-year olds boys were incarcerated. After 13 years, they were released, proven innocent. In 2020 (South Georgia), Ahmaud Arbery, age 25, was shot by a white man and his son while jogging. There are many more examples where our biases, prejudices and racism fueled "feeling unsafe" which then caused a black man to lose his life unjustly.

I share this, because I strongly believe that art exists to send people a message, to reflect the times or to show a possible future. This portrait series is a reflection of a conversation we've been having about motherhood, its joy, its challenges, about being a Black woman and a mother raising a child during COVID-19 and a racial pandemic. It exists to inspire, to evoke empathy, and to promote understanding one another. People say that it's differences that separates us, but I think, it's our lack of empathy that stands in our way of seeing our similarities. Thank you for reading.

03/26/2020

Pimp My Style {The Event} is a pro-bono headshot event created by Safi Thomas. We had an opportunity to help over 100 dancers get the help they needed. Brand consultation, styling, hair and makeup, and finally the headshot! All free! Helping dancers move beyond deficits into only having to be concerned about booking.

We had a phenomenal volunteer staff of professionals who brought their skills to assist these dancers get a shot at a more lucrative career. It was a beautiful thing to behold.

Take a look.

Go to hdcny.org/donate to help keep this program going!

03/26/2020
H+ | Pimp My Style {THE EVENT} March 2020 Session

Pimp My Style {The Event} is a pro-bono headshot event created by Safi Thomas. We had an opportunity to help over 100 dancers get the help they needed. Brand consultation, styling, hair and makeup, and finally the headshot! All free! Helping dancers move beyond deficits into only having to be concerned about booking.

We had a phenomenal volunteer staff of professionals who brought their skills to assist these dancers get a shot at a more lucrative career. It was a beautiful thing to behold.

Take a look.

Go to hdcny.org/donate to help keep this program going!

12/25/2019
H+ The Hip-Hop Dance Conservatory

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H+ | PIMP MY STYLE served over 150 dancers this November. Industry professionals volunteered their time to provide professional headshots! Stying, make-up, brand consultation, catering, live DJ and more were available to every dancer who entered. The third of the PMS events for the year has added to the professional viability of at least over 400 dancers this year alone. Looking forward to next year and aiming for our goal of 1000 dancers served.

11/21/2019

Watch Janice @Janice Tomlinson evoking a strong feminine warrior spirit to the joyful signing of Barbatuques. Art by Shoko Mikami and BG183 TATS CRU

Sign up to get your style pimped! hdcny.org/pms

11/12/2019

Watch Carly revive a classic song. She embodies the bliss we all feel when we find someone we've been looking for for so long. 😉

Sign-up for your PMS hdcny.org/pms

AK47 Division
11/08/2019

AK47 Division

AK47 Division's cover photo
11/08/2019

AK47 Division's cover photo

11/08/2019

For Janna's PMS concept video, we played with the idea of a "Dream Girl". Janna naturally embodies contrasting qualities of grace along with her quirky sense of humor. Her character in this video is burdened by being a dream girl for her ex-lover. We watch her struggle to let go of the attachment and desire to fulfill his expectations.🎥
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H+ | The Hip-Hop Dance Conservatory introduces Pimp My Style {The Event}! The next phase of the innovative pro-bono Pimp...
09/13/2019

H+ | The Hip-Hop Dance Conservatory introduces Pimp My Style {The Event}! The next phase of the innovative pro-bono Pimp My Style {PMS} Service for dancers created by dance educator & philanthropist Safi A. Thomas!

A Tri-Annual event where you come to get your headshot done! Not just a headshot appointment but an experience! Come get the red carpet treatment with styling, hair & make-up, and your final look! Book your appoitment today!

hdcny.org/pmsevent

H+ | The Hip-Hop Dance Conservatory introduces Pimp My Style {The Event}! The next phase of the innovative pro-bono Pimp My Style {PMS} Service for dancers created by dance educator & philanthropist Safi A. Thomas!

A Tri-Annual event where you come to get your headshot done! Not just a headshot appointment but an experience! Come get the red carpet treatment with styling, hair & make-up, and your final look! Book your appoitment today!

hdcny.org/pmsevent

Pimp My Style is a dancer-run, pro-bono boutique service for dancers providing professional headshots, dance videos and ...
09/13/2019

Pimp My Style is a dancer-run, pro-bono boutique service for dancers providing professional headshots, dance videos and resumes once a year. PMS is alleviating the stress so you can compete on equal footing in the industry with quality representation of your personal brand. Created by Artistic Director and Founder of H+ | The Hip-Hop Dance Conservatory.

Your next headshot is on us! Sign up >>> www.hdcny.org/pms

Pimp My Style is a dancer-run, pro-bono boutique service for dancers providing professional headshots, dance videos and resumes once a year. PMS is alleviating the stress so you can compete on equal footing in the industry with quality representation of your personal brand. Created by Artistic Director and Founder of H+ | The Hip-Hop Dance Conservatory.

Your next headshot is on us! Sign up >>> www.hdcny.org/pms

Pimp My Style {Laurie Deziel}
09/13/2019

Pimp My Style {Laurie Deziel}

PMS_Janice
08/29/2019

PMS_Janice

HumansWe
08/29/2019

HumansWe

08/21/2019
Theatre of the Mind

Theatre of the Mind

An exclusive look at Act I Scene I of "GRWN: A Dream Sequence" by H+ | Artistic Director Safi Thomas. This piece is about a young woman growing up in the heartbeat of NYC who journeys through layers of lucid dreams, reality, and nightmares. We begin with a beautiful homage to Pearl Primus and Katherine Dunham that provides initial insight into her innermost feelings.

Missed Theatre of the Mind's Summer Season? Sign-up at www.hdcny.org/boxoffice for the TOTEM® Patrons List and be the first to know about the Winter 2020 Season!

Pimp My Style {Guerdley Cajus}
06/20/2019

Pimp My Style {Guerdley Cajus}

Pimp My Style is a dancer-run, pro-bono boutique service for dancers providing professional headshots, dance videos and ...
05/30/2019

Pimp My Style is a dancer-run, pro-bono boutique service for dancers providing professional headshots, dance videos and resumes once a year. PMS is alleviating the stress so you can compete on equal footing in the industry with quality representation of your personal brand.
Created by Artistic Director and Founder of H+ | The Hip-Hop Dance Conservatory.

A huge thank you to RED Digital Cinema for providing us with equipment to shoot dance videos.

www.hdcny.org/pms

Pimp My Style is a dancer-run, pro-bono boutique service for dancers providing professional headshots, dance videos and resumes once a year. PMS is alleviating the stress so you can compete on equal footing in the industry with quality representation of your personal brand.
Created by Artistic Director and Founder of H+ | The Hip-Hop Dance Conservatory.

A huge thank you to RED Digital Cinema for providing us with equipment to shoot dance videos.

www.hdcny.org/pms

H+ | The Hip-Hop Dance Conservatory introduces Pimp My Style {The Event}! The next phase of the innovative pro-bono Pimp...
05/19/2019

H+ | The Hip-Hop Dance Conservatory introduces Pimp My Style {The Event}! The next phase of the innovative pro-bono Pimp My Style {PMS} Service for dancers created by dance educator & philanthropist Safi A. Thomas!

A Tri-Annual event where you come to get your headshot done! Not just a headshot appointment but an experience! Come get the red carpet treatment with styling, hair & make-up, and your final look! Book your appoitment today!

hdcny.org/pmsevent

H+ | The Hip-Hop Dance Conservatory introduces Pimp My Style {The Event}! The next phase of the innovative pro-bono Pimp My Style {PMS} Service for dancers created by dance educator & philanthropist Safi A. Thomas!

A Tri-Annual event where you come to get your headshot done! Not just a headshot appointment but an experience! Come get the red carpet treatment with styling, hair & make-up, and your final look! Book your appoitment today!

hdcny.org/pmsevent

05/16/2019

Take a look at bts Pimp My Style Headshot session with @kate.wesler. °
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Pimp My Style is pro-bono media services for dancers created by @safithomas. Sign up at hdcny.org/pms 👈
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H+ | The Hip-Hop Dance Conservatory introduces Pimp My Style {The Event}! The next phase of the innovative pro-bono Pimp...
05/07/2019

H+ | The Hip-Hop Dance Conservatory introduces Pimp My Style {The Event}! The next phase of the innovative pro-bono Pimp My Style {PMS} Service for dancers created by dance educator & philanthropist Safi A. Thomas!

A Tri-Annual event where you come to get your headshot done! Not just a headshot appointment but an experience! Come get the red carpet treatment with styling, hair & make-up, and your final look! Book your appoitment today!

hdcny.org/pmsevent

H+ | The Hip-Hop Dance Conservatory introduces Pimp My Style {The Event}! The next phase of the innovative pro-bono Pimp My Style {PMS} Service for dancers created by dance educator & philanthropist Safi A. Thomas!

A Tri-Annual event where you come to get your headshot done! Not just a headshot appointment but an experience! Come get the red carpet treatment with styling, hair & make-up, and your final look! Book your appoitment today!

hdcny.org/pmsevent

Pimp My Style is a dancer-run, pro-bono boutique service for dancers providing professional headshots, dance videos and ...
05/07/2019

Pimp My Style is a dancer-run, pro-bono boutique service for dancers providing professional headshots, dance videos and resumes once a year. PMS is alleviating the stress so you can compete on equal footing in the industry with quality representation of your personal brand. Created by Artistic Director and Founder of H+ | The Hip-Hop Dance Conservatory.

Your next headshot is on us! Sign up >>> www.hdcny.org/pms

Pimp My Style is a dancer-run, pro-bono boutique service for dancers providing professional headshots, dance videos and resumes once a year. PMS is alleviating the stress so you can compete on equal footing in the industry with quality representation of your personal brand. Created by Artistic Director and Founder of H+ | The Hip-Hop Dance Conservatory.

Your next headshot is on us! Sign up >>> www.hdcny.org/pms

05/07/2019
H+ | Pimp My Style {The Event} April 2019

Sunday, April 14th marked the 2nd Pimp My Style® {Event} by H+ | The Hip-Hop Dance Conservatory at their new sexy venue sponsor, Lytehouse Studios!!! Dancers strutted onto Samsung’s red carpet for a selfie, then escorted to the PMS® Lounge where they entered different worlds through Samsung’s VR tech, filled out surveys on Samsung’s tablets, got top industry advice during their brand consultations, and of course, had appetizing bites from sponsors like Starbucks, Kossar’s, Peter Pan’s, Le Gamin, Brooklyn Label and more! Back in the main event area, Glamour & Wardrobe Station were popping with striking colors, bold looks, and overall fierceness. Camera flashes were going off at the cyclorama all throughout the day with our incredible PMS® Volunteer Photographers capturing dancers in their best light. Thank you to the creator of Pimp My Style®, Dance Educator, Philanthropist, and Choreographer Safi A. Thomas, and Anna Kuzmina, Executive Director of our media division, H+ | AK47 Division® and all the dancers who came out for their personal paparazzi. Stay tuned for the BTS Video release and headshot release in May!!! Experiencing major FOMO? Sign-up for your next PMS® Cycle at www.hdcny.org/pms TODAY! Slots are going fast!

A heart's purity ray of ever going smile will be my reminder of my love, my strength and beauty. 📷@ak47division for Pimp...
05/01/2019

A heart's purity ray of ever going smile will be my reminder of my love, my strength and beauty. 📷@ak47division for Pimp My Style featuring @cmsegarra.
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