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Masculinity and Mental Health in Black men are topics that are disregarded not only in the black community but also in society due to societal and media influence. Black men are delicate beings, despite what society portrays —thug, aggressive, & emotionless. To demonstrate how beautiful black men are I created a series of portraits of black men. Portraits that tell a story of how Mental Health & Masculinity affects them and their thoughts on it’s relationship with Black men.
Model: Nasir Montalvo
"Yes tapping into your emotion might be seen as weak to others, might be seen as losing some of that masculinity. But, you’re bravest when you’re tapping into that emotion and you show your strength through tapping into that emotion."
Model: Micah Elias
"Self expression. I feel like there’s a big stigma around the way you dress and the way you wear something, if its remotely feminine then you’re seen as less than a man or made fun of for it. I think that Black Men should be able to express themselves however they want … and still be considered Black Men because that’s what we are."
- MICAH ELIAS
Model: Olivier Pierre
"Mental Health And Masculinity is something that is very real to all. But not to us for some reason because of the fact we ignore it in the past. I think it’s time to realize that now is the time to think about those things, making sure we are okay before going through other issues in our society."
Model: Grant Fowler
"Consciously I try to be aware of my Masculinity. It’s mostly just what society puts on Black men about being tough, responsible or being a leader. It’s important to be [aware] of both your conscious and unconscious [in reference to] what Masculinity is."
- Grant fowler
Model: Jacques Clovis