This project sets out to examine the unique issues that naturally arise pertaining to African American women’s conception of beauty and body image. Are You Really Here is an organic collage of cinema verité, performance art, and written word. It focuses on the psychological and self-revelatory exploration of beauty, identity, and self-reflection. Set in the Los Angeles metro, viewers witness the psyche and the self of a black woman unfold before them. This examines the fundamental conundrum that the self only exists in relation to others. But what does one do when no-one in the room looks like you?