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.
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.
International Travel Retreats
The BMS retreat experience is so much more than a sight seeing excursion or vacation. It is a deep dive into the self and an exploration of our inextricable connection to each other. It is an examination of culture and history and religion and politics. Through the lens of each of our unique perspectives, we see things totally differently and are transformed as a result.
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.
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.
BLACK MEN SMILE® MONDAYS
BLACK MEN SMILE® MONDAYS: WEEKLY IN-DEPTH PROFILE OF AMAZING BLACK MEN ...AND STORIES ABOUT WHAT MAKES THEM SMILE!
After the internet was flooded with thousands of photos of Black men sharing their smiles and reclaiming their joy, Black Men Smile® and Felonious Munk, the man who kicked off the viral wave with his tweet of #BlackMenSmiling, are teaming up to profile some of the amazing stories of men who shared their smiles.
Black Men Smile@ HAs Seen featured On: CNN, Blavity, TV One, ATTN, Buzzfeed, Upworthy, The RooT, OWN, Essence, and more
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