Who am I? Who are we? Those questions … often asked and often gotten wrong are part of the narrative of Black men in America. There’s more to this narrative than meets the eye. Kevin Powell recently said ‘Part of the issue with men … is we don’t realize how awash we are in patriarchy, sexism, misogyny, homophobia … we just don’t know.’
#BeTheFlame is a message to the world from one of the most feared, desired and criticized creatures. It’s a message of hope, release, survival and freedom. This exhibition will tell two distinct stories of Black men. The first story - “#BeTheFlame: Words of Love and Inspiration” - will be messages of hope from Black men to the world. Additionally a second, and very urgent story - “#BeTheFlame: Black Gay Men, HIV & Standing At The Front of the Line” - will tell the stories of Black gay men who’re living with HIV and sharing their stories with the world.
The photographic works are a combination of color and black and white images conceived, directed and snapped by Jay Ray.