Historically, mainstream media has portrayed Black Men as belligerent and devious, but to their sisters, mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, spouses, boyfriends and girlfriends, Black Men’s capacity to love is incomparable, yet often overlooked. This is in part to the gender stereotype that “showing love” is a feminine gesture, thus making it taboo for men to express.
On March 30th 2017, A Black Man’s Love, a members-only weekly email subscription, launched to present stories and opinions related to Black masculinity in an array of artistic mediums. A Black Man’s Love exists to critically examine masculinity and showcase the often disdained emotional side of Black men. Consciously debuted at the conclusion of Women’s history month as a means to commemorate the work of Black Women and the crises that they face daily, the founders of A Black Man’s Love were inspired to launch a platform that could be an outlet for Black men to actively support Black women through their art. Currently there are 64,000 Black Women missing in the USA, and CNN reports that they are often not reported missing because they are thought to be runaways by authorities. Now more than ever it is imperative for Black Men to overtly support women and girls in their communities.
In addition to sparking dialogue about the issues of women and girls, A Black Man’s Love exists to give Black Men a medium to have their voices and opinions on social issues heard. Ava DuVernay’s groundbreaking Netflix documentary “13th” catalyzed conversations concerning Black men “missing” from mainstream society due to a disproportionate amount of Black men being locked behind prison walls, as a result of unjust legal systems. A Black Man’s Love aims to be the outlet for the unheard opinions of marginalized and disfranchised Black Men.
The founders of A Black Man’s Love lived and worked in New Orleans, Louisiana while building BREAUX Capital, a financial technology startup and social community for Black millennial men, and became acquainted with the prison industrial complex in Louisiana from an unlawful police encounter where their human rights were violated. It was at this time, that they learned that Louisiana is the prison capital of the world, imprisoning thirteen times more prisoners than China. This experience prompted them to think deeply about how creative expression could be used to address social injustices and the role Black men can have in creating this impact. The founders sincerely hope that their efforts will refresh masculinity in this age of digital media and spark dialogues that assist Black millennials in resolving social issues that are important to them.
Founded by Derrius Quarles & Ras Asan of BREAUX Capital, A Black Man’s Love provides a media outlet for artists to spark dialogues about issues in Black culture that Black men are either deeply impacted by or can have a deep impact on. Every week a limited set of curated visual & written artwork related to Black masculinity delivered via email to subscribers.
To learn more about A Black Man’s Love or subscribe, visit www.ablackmanslove.com
Company Name: A Black Man’s Love
Contact Person: Ras Asan
Phone: (216) 712-9600
Country: United States