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Black Men Are Owning Their Narratives With #BlackMenSmiling and It's Everything

The black joy is palpable.

Black men across social media are challenging trite notions on black masculinity by sharing pictures of themselves flashing their pearly whites using the hashtag #BlackMenSmiling.

Following in the footsteps of the #BlackBoyJoy movement, #BlackMenSmiling is all about reclaiming the narrative, and we're absolutely here for it. Like seriously, can this trend everyday?


The happiness is palpable and it's a delight to see these joyous photos flood our timelines. Check some out below.




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#BlackOutEid​: Young Black Muslims Shine as They Celebrate Eid

Young Black Muslims have found creative ways to celebrate community and share their best Eid looks, even as they #StayAtHome.

Eid Mubarak to our Muslim fam! Today marks Eid al-Fitr, the official end of the Holy Month of Ramadan.

Despite things being a little different this year (on account of the current pandemic, of course) this hasn't stopped many from finding creative ways to fast, pray and connect with their community during these times. It certainly hasn't stopped young Black Muslims from participating in the virtual tradition known as #BlackOutEid while they continue to #StayAtHome.

#BlackOutEid is an annual celebration which highlights the diversity within the Muslim world. It began in 2015, when Aamina Mohamed created the hashtag to combat the erasure of Black people within the community. Since then, the hashtag has been used across social media with Black Muslims using it to share their sharpest Eid looks.

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Rebuilding the Nigerian Fashion Industry After Coronavirus

While the style capital of Africa remains shuttered, Nigerian fashion insiders have an ambitious plan to forge an independent path in a post-COVID world.