From Black Voices — After Tricia Fraser (pictured right) took her daughter, Anissa (pictured), to take modeling photos two years ago, she never expected to see the images again, especially not four stories high in the middle of New York’s Soho District, but that’s exactly what happened.

Now the Paterson, N.J., native wants an apology. Fraser tells NY Daily News that she was “outraged,” when she saw the controversial billboard which read (pictured below): “The most dangerous place for an African American is in the womb.”

And even though she was aware that her daughter’s image could possibly be used for advertising purposes, she never expected anything so discriminatory.

When she finally spoke with representatives from Life Always, the Texas-based organization behind the billboard, Fraser claims that they not only refused to apologize but also failed to reassure her that Anissa’s image would not be used again.

“I’m not happy,” said Fraser. “I’m probably not going to get an apology.”

Marissa Gabrysch, a spokeswoman for Life Always, confirmed that she spoke to Fraser last week:

“We certainly understand her concerns, and I was glad to speak to her about them,” Gabrysch said. “Out of respect for her, we’ve decided to no longer use the image going forward.”

How kind of them.

I’m going to go out on a limb, though, and say that Life Always owes Tricia Fraser absolutely nothing.

(Continue Reading @ Black Voices…)

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  • jamesfrmphilly

    um, lawsuit?

    • zy

      Lawsuit for what? it’s a stock photo and as deplorable as we think it is, they had the right to use that photo in any way they deemed appropriate. this is the drawback to taking such photos and it’s also the reason i’m sure she was made to sign a waiver as to the use of the photos when her daughter took them. sucks but that’s how it goes…

  • Alexandra

    “And even though she was aware that her daughter’s image could possibly be used for advertising purposes, she never expected anything so discriminatory.”

    And that’s that. She willingly signed over the rights to her childs photos. I also disagree with the billboard, but she doesn’t deserve an apology.

  • It’s a stock photo. You have no control how it will be used. It’s like on Jay Leno’s “Headlines” – he showed a picture of a man hiking in a tourism ad, the same pic was used for an erectile dysfunction clinic. They can use the photo for anything