You’ve criticised people who judge other women, especially on the red carpet. You’re very sensitive to that, why?

Cause why is humiliating people funny? And I get it, I do it too, we all do it. But I think when it comes to the media, the media needs to take responsibility for the effect that it has on our younger generation, on these girls that are watching these television shows, and picking up how to talk and how to be cool. So then all of a sudden being funny is making fun of the girl that's wearing an ugly dress you know. And the word ‘fat’ I just think should be illegal to call somebody fat on TV. I mean, if we’re regulating cigarettes and sex and cuss words, because of the effect it has on our younger generation, why aren’t we regulating things like calling people fat?

Five things to remember when a horrid day is beating you into the ground:

  1. Trees grow outwards, rings upon rings. Allow yourself to spread that quietly. One day you’ll look back and be astonished by how far you’ve come.
  2. We power our lives with the remains of dinosaurs. People will remind you that the dinosaurs are dead but I think it’s pretty cool that there’s enough life in them to give you a shower hot enough to burn.
  3. You’ll have a lot of chances to start again. It’s okay to never take them.
  4. Some scientists figured out how to play god with genes and out of all the endless possibilities available to them they decided to make rabbits glow in the dark.
  5. You are stars and sea and your heritage stretches back to the very first life form. Never believe that you are nothing.

BBDC (Black Boys Don’t Cry) created by IGGYLDN is a project designed to deconstruct the ideals of black masculinity and manhood in the 21st century. BBDC is led by three creative mediums (spoken word, videography and photography) in order to bring to light the challenges that young black men face in today’s society.

Photography by White Negatives


Creatively Directed:

Jomelyn Ferras

IG: @iggyldn