A comic with a severe mission kicked off Black Historical past Month Friday morning with a heartwarming hashtag that defies all stereotypes about black males, younger and outdated.
“At present let’s share some pics of #BlackMenSmiling,” wrote Dennis Banks, who tweets underneath the deal with @Felonious_munk.
“Like massive goofy smiles. Comfortable (even when only for a second) with life smiles. Normalize blissful. #BlackHistoryMonth the place your tooth at?”
Twelve hours later, the hashtag was nonetheless trending sturdy.
Contributions included photos of former President Barack Obama, author James Baldwin, Nelson Mandela and an iconic picture of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King shaking fingers.
Actor Terry Crews shared a toothy smile. However many of the photos featured extraordinary black males, that’s, extraordinary black males in moments of glee and delight.
There have been smiling black males in vehicles, smiling black males in barber outlets, and smiling black males with their smiling black fathers and sons.
“If nothing else #BlackMenSmiling is opening my eyes to how uncommon it’s to catch a Black man smiling on digital camera,” Banks stated. “It is like we will not depart proof of our happiness.”