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(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.
Photo Essay

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

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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RAF Aircraftman Jason Hopkins at the War & Peace Revival in Folkestone, England on July 20, 2013.
In Progress

For England’s WWII Reenactors, Authenticity Is the Message

Photojournalist Daniella Zalcman spent the last year photographing British war reenactors paying tribute to history and the lasting legacy of World War II.

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Lynsey Addario for The New York Times
PHOTOJOURNALISMLINKS

PJL: June 2014 (Part 1)

Curated by Mikko Takkunen, a collection of the most interesting photojournalism and documentary photography from across the web.

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Joakim Eskildsen for TIME
Photo Essay

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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Siege of Donetsk Airport
Closeup

Pictures of the Week: May 23 – May 30

From the Santa Barbara drive-by shootings and Ukrainian presidential elections to martial law in Thailand and Kim and Kanye's wedding extravaganza, TIME presents the best pictures of the week.

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May 21, 2014. Members of the Donbass Battalion, a pro-Ukraine militia formed to curb pro-Russian separatists in the east of Ukraine.
Follow Friday

#LightboxFF: Brendan Hoffman in Eastern Ukraine

While covering the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, photographer Brendan Hoffman was confronted with "the dilemma of aestheticizing violence and death," and learned that beauty can be a powerful tool in times of crisis.

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Gillian Laub for TIME
Photo Essay

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.
Photo Essay

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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Danielle Levitt
Out There

Farewell, Fabulous Palm Springs Follies

After a 22-year run, the Fabulous Palm Springs’ Follies — one of the longest running dance and musical review shows in the United States — played its last ever show May 18.

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Artist, Andres Serrano's photographic installation, Residents of New York, at the West 4th Street subway  station in New York City.
Out There

Homeless in New York: A Public Art Project Goes Underground

Photographer Andres Serrano takes to the streets and takes over a New York City subway station with his confrontational portraits of the homeless.

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