A child watches the rodeo from the front of the arena where people are asked not to stand and obstruct the view of seniors sitting at floor-level seating. Due to her height, she can still stand and watch from here. (Aryana Noroozi for Black Voice News Newsroom / CatchLight Local) July 17, 2022.

Last Updated on July 25, 2022 by BVN

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Cheers, music, laughter, joy and pride filled the Industry Hills Expo Center during the 38th Anniversary Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo on July 16-17.  The all-Black rodeo was created in 1984 by Lu Vason with the goal of “challenging the false perception of an absentee presence of Blacks in the development of the West.” 

Check out the rodeo’s community and festivities through the lens of Black Voice News.

This story was produced in partnership with CatchLight, Report for America, and Black Voice News, as part of the CatchLight Local Visual Storytelling Initiative. To learn more about this collaborative model for local visual journalism, sign up for CatchLight’s newsletter.

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Aryana Noroozi

Black Voice News photojournalist Aryana Noroozi was born in San Diego, California and graduated with a master’s degree from The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Her love for visual storytelling led her to document immigrant and deportee communities and those struggling with addiction. She was a 2020 Pulitzer Center Crisis Reporting Fellow and a GroundTruth Project Migration Fellow. She is currently a CatchLight/Report for America corps member employed by Black Voice News. You can learn more about her at aryananoroozi.com. You can email her at aryana@blackvoicenews.com.