Photo Essay
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Diary of a Dance Troupe: A Deep Look at Alabama’s Prancing Elites

(L-R) KJ, Kentrell, Jerel, Adrian and Tim/Tamara sit in a fast food restaurant to regroup before driving back to Mobile after a night out at a gay club in Pensacola. The group frequents gay clubs in Mobile, and also travels to clubs in Pensecola. They rarely drink alcohol, often dress in matching uniforms, and use nights out at the club to practice their routines. They see clubbing as a means for self-promotion and an opportunity to perform and dance in front of audiences. The Prancing Elites are a group of young, gay, black men who practice J-Sette, a form of dance birthed at Historically Black Colleges that is characterized by sharp, cheerleading-style movements and hip-hop performed to an eight-count beat. Traditionally, men cannot join college dance teams, so young gay black men have been forming their own J-Sette "lines," organizing competitions, and creating their own outlets to practice this type of dance.

Sara Naomi Lewkowicz documents a group of young, gay, black men who practice J-Sette — a form of dance characterized by sharp, cheerleading-style movements and hip-hop — that has earned viral acclaim, flourishing in, of all places, the Deep South.

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Joakim Eskildsen for TIME
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Rum, Rhythm and Revolution: Joakim Eskildsen in Eastern Cuba

Photographer Joakim Eskildsen gives us a rare glimpse of Eastern Cuba, a region that differs greatly from the cosmopolitanism of Havana city.

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Gillian Laub for TIME
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Meet Transgender America

In this week’s cover story, TIME introduces America to some of the individuals waging a battle for recognition and rights

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Once filled with cafés and shops, the Qabaris neighborhood in the Old City area of Homs has been reduced to rubble. May 12, 2014.
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Syrians Return to Devastation in Homs

For this week’s issue of TIME, photographer Yuri Kozyrev traveled to Syria to document locals returning to the almost completely-leveled city of Homs. The return came after a ceasefire between the government and rebel forces who held the city for almost two years

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Cocoa War
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Dark Gold: Giulio Di Sturco Goes Inside Madagascar’s Cocoa War

Giulio Di Sturco visited Madagascar twice in 2013 to document the cocoa battle between the farmers who produce the beans, the gangs who steal them and the police who aim to stop the violence

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Referendum in Donbass
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Jerome Sessini In Eastern Ukraine: Rebel Vote Turns Deadly

Magnum photographer Jerome Sessini captured the fallout as armed men identified as Ukrainian national guardsmen fired on a crowd gathered at polling location for a sovereignty referendum, deemed illegitimate by the government, in eastern Krasnoarmeisk.

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Jockey Kids in Indonesia
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Fearless Riders: The Child Jockeys of Indonesia

Indonesian photographer Romi Perbawa has spent four years documenting the child racers of Sumbawa Island in the West Nusa Tenggara province of Indonesia.

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Ukraine, Lugansk City.
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Strong Arm of the State: Alexander Chekmenev’s Post-Independence Ukraine Passport Photos

After the breakup of the Soviet Union, Ukraine had to go through the process of issuing new passports to all of its citizens, roughly 50 million of them. As if that wasn’t enough of a problem, many of those citizens were shut-ins, elderly and bedridden, and in order to take their passport pictures someone had to go around making house calls with a camera.

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Christian Werner—laif/Redux
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Christian Werner in Post-War Iraq: A Photographer Investigates a Health Crisis

Photojournalist Christian Werner made two trips to Iraq in 2012, and returned with a series of images that shed light on a growing post-war public health issue

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Pakistan Afghan Refugee Mothers
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The Faces of Afghan Refugee Mothers

In honor of Mother’s Day, LightBox asked photographer Muhammed Muheisen to photograph Afghan refugee mothers in Pakistan, and to find out what it is like to be a mother under these difficult circumstances.

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