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This Gorgeous Photo Series Crushes Stereotypes About Black Masculinity

"These inaccuracies become ingrained in our society and have real consequences for those that are inaccurately represented."

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Loftin shot the photo series after seeing the stark contrast between the Google results for "black boy in hoodie" and "white boy in hoodie."

It inspired Loftin to want to "create a new narrative for ourselves; a more accurate and free one," he told BuzzFeed.

Loftin's photos also attempt to recontextualize the hoodie — so associated with the shooting death of Trayvon Martin — and change mainstream culture's associations between the hooded sweatshirt and "thuggish" behavior.

"These images are so important right now because there is a lot of art coming out tackling the idea of what it means to be a black male," Loftin told BuzzFeed. His series "deconstructs the idea that we are all expected to be hyper masculine beings."

Loftin hopes that his photos will encourage people to question the representations of black men they see in the media. "A lot of times the representations that you see are watered down, or completely skewed versions of the truth," he said.

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