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    Posted on Apr 29, 2017

    These Men Described What Black Boy Joy Meant To Them And It Was Beautiful

    "I'm able to express myself in any way I see fit."

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    Despite everything the black community goes through, we still prevail. The hashtag #BlackBoyJoy emerged to challenge the way we view black masculinity in society. So we had seven black men come in to tell us what black boy joy meant to them:

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    Some thought it meant being able to express themselves without worrying about society's expectations.

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    While others were still trying to figure it out.

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    They brought up that in different cultures, affection between two black men isn't seen in a negative light.

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    But they all agreed that black boy joy helped create a new narrative by challenging black masculinity and learning to be more open about their own fragility.

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    We then surprised them with a photoshoot to showcase black boy joy with Jabari Jacobs, an LA-based photographer.

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    And the photos were so moving:

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    So keep spreading good energy, kings, because this world needs it.

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