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Black Heritage: Prairie View Trail Ride Association

In this issue of FSM we celebrate African-American history and Black heritage featuring the Prairie View Trail Ride Association of Prairie View, Texas. Each year the PV trail riders meet to ride on horseback and wagon for a trail ride like their ancestors did who helped settle the west two centuries ago. Starting in Waller, Texas; cowboys and cowgirls, young and not so young travel to Houston in a trail ride culminating at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

The assignment for our photographers? Go have some fun and photograph the trail ride! Not many people know that during the western expansion of the USA, Black cowboys and cowgirls, and the famous Buffalo Soldiers played a significant role in settling the west. Despite hardships and racism, these early pioneers and decedents of slaves made their mark in western lore and American history.

Overlooked in history (“his…story”) books, these unknown legends are remembered and honored by the Prairie View Trail Ride Association. For this reason, it was important for FSM to feature the organization in our Black Heritage issue.

I want to thank you again for taking time to read FSM and encourage you to purchase your favorite issue as a keepsake to share with family and friends.

We will continue featuring some of the USA’s top photographers as well as photographers from around the globe. It is our goal to provide you with some of the best photography on the planet as well as interesting articles on a range of topics.

Sit back, pick up your favorite FSM magazine, a beverage, and enjoy.


FSM Photos of the Month

Fashion & Beauty
Natash "NaJo" Rawls

FujiFilm XT10 • Kamalan 50 mm Lens • 1/2000sec ISO 2500
Main Light: Natural Lighting
Clothing: Red Dress by NaJo Couture Collections • Jacket by Rachel Roy
Model: Kayla

Still Life & Imagery
Emeta Gibson

Canon EOS M50 Mirrorless • Canon EFM 18-150 lens @ F/5.6
Exposure: 1/200 sec @ ISO 500
Lighting: On camera flash

James R. Woody

Canon EOS 70D • Canon 70-200 f4 lens @ F/5.6 lens
Exposure: 1/160 sec @ ISO 125
Lighting: Natural Lighting