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    Thursday
    Dec102015

    The bklyn boihood calendar 

    Greetings earthlings --

    You may have noticed there was no call this year for models for our annual calendar. That’s because, for the first time since the beginning of bbh, we elected to not do one this year.

    Each year our calendar has brought something special and perfect. Each year we hear stories of its impact. As we grow and evolve, we want the calendar to grow and evolve too. So over the next 12 months, we’ll be curating doing a 2017 multi-media calendar project. We’ll share more details but it’s going to involve various platforms (video, print, possibly audio) and ways to connect with the models of this and past years.

    In 2010 the calendar was a icy hot snowball that got thrown out into Brooklyn. To be a boi was not a rarity, but to be a boi unabashedly celebrating one’s presence in the world, to be handsome and beautiful, to participate in a photoshoot dedicated to affirming your place in the world--that was revolutionary and unique. We didn’t know it then, but the work was built upon generations of elders and ancestors who were doing their own types of affirming and organizing.

    As the years went on, the calendar spread to dozens of states, several countries and a few continents. Tumblr wasn’t really poppin’ yet. Instagram didn’t exist. Buzzfeed hadn’t featured bois. We were not in fashion. We were, as we continue to be, in danger, misunderstood, hyper-generalized. We were, as many of us continue to be, unaware that being a boi--being gender non-conforming, transmasculine, masculine-of-center--all those things--is not married to a particular brand of masculinity that teaches us violence, possession, fear. Our calendars were an attempt to become unafraid. 

    Since 2010 there are many, many more ways for bois of color to see themselves represented in the world. Some of them are shallow; others extra problematic and others are amazing. But it’s not enough. A one-dimensional calendar is no longer enough. We are dreaming bigger and can’t wait for what’s going to come.

    -the bois

     

     

    Wednesday
    Dec092015

    Our 2015 bklyn boihood annual retreat

    Winter 2015 

    *Throws open the curtains*

    Good morning, world :)

    Over the last few months, we have been underground. Changing jobs, making music, entering relationships, creating art, traveling and so much other shit. As a collective we gave each other permission to pause, regroup and reconnect in December at our annual bklyn boihood retreat.

    We came out with soooo much to do and an OFFICIAL new collective member--even though he been down (the good doctor Van Bailey). Our work this weekend was about plugging back in and making tangible plans for how to transition to the work of visibility to the work of sustainability.  2016 will be all about sharing and building the resources we need to create opportunities for ourselves and our community* to do work creatively, spiritually, politically, artistically and entrepreneurially. (*When we say our community, we mean you. We mean us.)

    In the next few weeks we will share a revised mission and principles and plans for next year. We’ll consistently be reaching out for new connections, volunteers, projects and collaborators who are down to make excellent work that uplifts bois of color all over the world.

    We’re excited to finish this year with you (see below), to start next year with you and to elevate.


     

    Luh’you!

    the bois 

     

    PS - We’re also throwing a party. On New Year’s Eve. Until 7am.

    PPS - Lit.


     



     

    Friday
    Aug212015

    VERGE: NY's Queer Fashion Show

    What is Queer Style?

    dapperQ, bklyn boihood, DYDH Productions, and Posture Magazine present VERGE, the largest New York Fashion Week runway show showcasing queer style. Hosted at world renowned Brooklyn Museum, Verge will feature eight designers whose work is systemically rooted in notions of gender nonconformity and its intersections with race, ethnicity, and culture.

    The vision is to become a platform for the un-defined and the conceptually minded while maintaining a prominent level of accessibility to the LGBTQI and allied communities.

    Acclaimed designers, including Fabio Costa of Project Runway Season 10 and Project Runway All Stars, will reveal new Spring/Summer 2016 designs at this highly anticipated event. Featured collections were selectively chosen to embody the enigma of a vastly diverse aesthetic that is simultaneously chaotic and orderly. The viewer is invited to explore the question "What is queer style?"

    RSVP TODAY

    REGISTER TO BE A VOLUNTEER FOR THE DAY. (Closes 9/1.) 

    Details:

    Thursday, September 17th

    The Brooklyn Museum

    200 Eastern Pkwy, Brooklyn, NY 11238

    Beaux-Arts Court, 3rd Floor

    7:30pm – 9:30pm

     

     

     

    Friday
    Jul312015

    Vulnerability: What do you need right now?

    Vulnerability is the act being transparent about weakness or need. But how? In a world that is violently disinterested in the struggles and needs within our black and brown queer and trans communities, expecting to think of vulnerability and need in positive ways feels backwards.

    WHAT DO YOU NEED RIGHT NOW?

    In bklyn boihood, we ain’t nothin’ but a bunch of needy bois who are committed to showing up for each other. Like, no joke, that’s our entire thing. We love each other, we are family but more than that, we are really invested in trying to give what we can to one another. We are an ecology. At different points, members of the collective carry distinct resources, ideas, connections and we offer them generously.


     

    There are layers upon layers of why it feels better sometimes to just eat the shit that is eating us and keep soldiering forward. Specifically for bois, the pressure to “man up” and pretend as if the things that we lack or that ail us are enemies on a battlefield rather than potentially cancerous seedlings inside of us makes it feel hard to be comfortable in our feelings. So many of us don’t make room to struggle. And when masculine-of-center folk struggle, often we default to some of the unhealthiest ways “masculinity” manifests: denial, ownership, machoism, violence-as-communication, and the need to pretend like whatever is fucking with our existence isn’t really shaking us. It’s just a thing. We ain’t phased. But we are phased. In some ways we’re all suffering. And to own that is to be vulnerable.

     

     

    It’s not like these challenges are made up. Very often, when we do put ourselves out there and name/share a need, it doesn’t get met or we get clowned. Or someone tops our story on some oppression olympics shit and we just think, “forget it”. We get left assed out and are have to deal with the fallout of having to figure how to save face, temporarily patch up the hole and keep it moving. So much of this feels exhausting because it is a cycle that is impossible to sustain. But breaking cycles is some of the most important work that we can do in our lives. We don’t have the answers but there are always ways to be in resistance to the things that don’t serve us.

     

     

    bklyn boihood has been thinking and talking about the importance of naming the things we need out loud. Abstract, concrete--whatever. The foundations of who we are come from a place of sharing and creating space together. Producing our annual calendars came out of the need to feel un-invisible and attractive. Our parties came out of a need to have space that allowed us to feel at home and safe and free. Headquarters and the infamous couch (and loveseat--omg our backs) that hosted so many of us through transitions and visits and revelations and cryfests was a need. Connecting ourselves to elders in our community who have been doing this work since before we were alive is and continues to be necessary.

     

     

    Recently we’ve been thinking about how vulnerable need makes us feel. As individuals we’re each going through a lot right now. Transitions often happen to us all around the same time and this era is no different. Most of our lives is spent trying to offer what we have to the world. Right now, we’re asking for the world to listen, to hold our needs with gentle hands and to take some time to say your own out loud. Tell your family what you need from them. Tell your friends how you feel vulnerable. Talk to someone on the train about it. Keep it real with your partner about what’s missing. Be honest. Be as needy as you need to be. Say it. Ask for help.

    Open yourself to it.

     

    (look at Jckee tho...)

    love,

    the bois

     

     

    all pics by king texas.

     

    Monday
    Jul062015

    THANK YOU! 

    This year's pride was full of emotion. We've had so much to celebrate and grieve this year. We packed Littlefield on the rainiest night of the year...with love. 

    THANK YOU>>>> 

    BKLYN Boi Hood - Pride Party from J. Lufair on Vimeo.