The boys, Delphine and her mom. "My mother is the grandma who makes sure everything is OK. She's so present. She taken the boys to Spain and we all went to Sierra Leone together. My mom plays a pivotal role in their lives, and it helps that she lives so close."
Kofi, age 2. Born in 2004, Delphine describes Kofi as a little rebel who is very inspired by his older brothers.
The Fawundu Buford family.
Howard Buford was born on Long Island with Southern roots. Delphine Fawundu is a Brooklyn girl by way of Sierra Leone. Here, she's pregnant with their first child, Amal.
Amal's first bath, given by his maternal grandma. Now 16, Amal says, "When I'm with my grandmother and aunts, we eat traditional West African food and they talk to me in Krio, so I speak Krio."
Amal and Howard. "Being a father is the greatest thing that ever happened to me."
Mommy and Amal in the Gullah Islands. "My mission as a parent is for my sons to grow up to know that this world is for them. And they can be who they want to be in it."
The young Bufords. Here, Che is 4, Kofi almost a year old, and Amal is 6. Howard says, "The boys are the constant between us. Delphine and I have a good relationship, and we have an understanding of what's healthy for our sons."
Delphine bounces her photographic ideas off of Amal. "All my kids are creative. But Amal is so analytical. He always has cool feedback."
Che and his violin. "Che is hardworking. He is unique. I admire his practice on the violin," Amal says.
Kofi, now 9, is described by his dad as very intelligent, a great drawing artist and creative writer. And he's funny (like his mom).
Howard and his dad on Wii. Amal loves spending time down South with grandparents. Amal recounts, "When we go to my dad's parents in the summer, we have fun. We eat soul food. And to me, it seems most African-Americans are more knowledgable of that side of our culture."
Musa's mom family reunion in DC. That's Kofi doing his own thing out front.
Delphine and the Buford boys. As they get older, they look at her body of work and realize that Mommy has documented legends in hip-hop history (Mobb Deep, Mos Def, Questlove, Method Man). "They're like, 'Mommy, you've met everybody!' I think it inspires them."