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Representation and celebration: Bloomberg recognizes Black History Month

February 1, 2017

A diverse workforce and open culture are at the heart of our company and vital to our success. At Bloomberg, we recognize the positive impact African Americans have on our business and our world.

To celebrate Black History Month, New York-based illustrator Daniel Fishel created six original pieces of artwork inspired by themes of inclusion, community and representation from a Black perspective. The same values we are proud to put on display at Bloomberg.

Every week in the month of February, we released Fishel’s artwork and his inspiration behind each piece revealing a piece of the whole story in the collection.

‘Black is Beautiful’

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‘Black is Beautiful’ is about our internal beauty that remains strong and grows stronger over time.

“Beauty is something that is as internal as it is external”, said Fishel. He illustrates that even though we age and lose the beauty that is on the surface, our internal beauty remains strong and even grows stronger.

‘Diversity Illuminates’

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Putting different people together creates an electrifying energy for new ideas to flourish.

Fishel explains, “When you put a group of people together with diverse backgrounds, you’re bound to illuminate different possibilities.” He uses different colored firefly lights in ‘Diversity Illuminates’ to represent the idea that when diversity exists in a space, energy swirls and new ideas flourish.

‘Seeing yourself makes it feel possible’

Representation in the media is critically important - especially for the younger generation.

Representation in the media is critically important – especially for the younger generation.

“If you’re a person of color and you see another person of color doing things in media that traditionally aren’t roles for them/us,” Fishel says, “you’re inspired to dream of being an actor, musician, artist, scientist or anything you can imagine.”

‘All together now’

‘All together now’ portrays the young and old coming together as a community.

‘All together now’ portrays the young and old coming together as a community.

Fishel created ‘All together now’ as an animated image to represent a close-knit community joining together to move forward through hard times.

‘Progress and possibilities’

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When people of color are given the chance to succeed, they become uplifted.

The story behind Fishel’s ‘Progress and possibilities’ is about giving black people and people of color the chance to succeed, this in turn helps to make communities and workplaces function better. To show this, Fishel illustrates figures being uplifted and floating across a river.

‘Past, present, future’

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Seeing successful black people from the past inspires the future.

Fishel says, “There are many black people that came before me who built the foundation so that others can succeed.” He places picture frames with symbols and the names of some those who paved the way for black people to help imagine who might be next.

For more of Daniel’s work visit his website at o-fishel.com.