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Our mission

The Mission of Black Men Smile™ is to create a space for Black Men to celebrate the way we see ourselves.  We ask Black Men what makes them smile...and work to create sustainable environments where we can do it more often.

 
 

Lifestyle apparel brand

We set out on a mission to leverage the strength and appeal of our social media movement to create an apparel brand to further our commitment to celebrate the way we see ourselves.  

Embody the movement.  Resist.

Look good doing it.


#blackmensmile

In addition to building a nationally recognized brand birthed out of our creation of the hashtag #blackmensmile, we are generating a portrait archive comprised of professional images captured by our team of artists and those crowd-sourced from within the community.  Now with over 8,000 images of Black men from all walks of life having used the hashtag (on Instagram alone), we have created a movement based on the reclamation of our own self identities.


art/Media production

We produce film based media productions in addition to the professional images we capture.  Our team has produces a series of short films highlighting our work and seek to produce a documentary film, and other forms of art that represent a broader spectrum of Black men and Black masculinity.

community organizing

We will partner with a broad constituency base in cities across the country to expose Black men to resources within their own communities AND work to ultimately ensure that the Black men in these communities see themselves as resources to their own communities.  

To this end we will seed and establish BLACK MEN SMILE™ Chapters with local leadership across the country. The chapters will become self-organizing hubs for community action led by Black Men to address the unique needs of our communities.


Empowerment and education

As a team of scholars, artists, and activists, we will partner with local leaders, organizations, schools and other artists in each community/city we visit to host empowerment workshops.  Infused into each leg of the tour will be our signature workshops focused on empowerment, art, and radical expressions of self-love.


Activism


Black Men Smile because we love ourselves. This platform is not about respectability politics. It is about radical expressions of self love. It is about resistance.
— Carlton Mackey