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    Friday
    Oct242014

    We debated whether or not to do a calendar this year. 

    We debated whether or not to do a calendar this year. There were many reasons that made us hesitate: the work on our book, our own professional journeys taking on new and exciting but time-consuming challenges. But the work of bklyn boihood continues and continues to be vital. Bois of color still lack representations of healthy masculinity. Too many bois of color still don’t see themselves as whole people in the world.

    Photo by King Texas of Zahyr, 2014 calendar.

    As 2014 comes closer and closer to an end, not creating a calendar felt impossible. It was the project that birthed us and no matter what--we couldn’t let it go.  So a couple of weeks ago we committed to it: we’re definitely doing a 2015 calendar.

    Expect a reflection of the journey we’ve been on since launching our 2010-2011 calendar. Expect bois you do and don’t know and images that speak to you differently. This year we’re bringing back the experience of a photoshoot for the bois in the calendar. You’ll have a personal stylist, music, yummies and a lil' production squad that’s genuinely excited to be there and to make it happen. 


    Photo by King Texas of Stas, 2014 calendar.

    Photos will be taken by King Texas Horatio-Valenzuela, creator and curator of the photography exhibition, “Blackness”, currently up at NYU. Styling and wardrobe will be led by Dr. Van Bailey--one of 2014’s cover models.The deadline is coming up quick, October 31, 2014.

    Apply here. We’re excited!

    -the bois

    Friday
    Oct242014

    Send Morgan to the Vermont Studio Center!

    Our self-described “Communications Human”, Morgan Willis aka Mo, is headed to the Vermont Studio Center for a month-long writing residency! In order to get there and cover all the costs, she’s doing an indiegogo campaign. Even $1 would be a great contribution. Go here to support

    Thursday
    Jun192014

    bbh PRIDE Party! June 20 | Paperbox | bklyn 

    Thursday
    Apr172014

    we are writing history. literally. 

     

     

    bklyn boihood is curating an anthology that explores what it means to be living, redefining and embodying our masculinity outside of the world’s ideas of “typical manhood”. This collection will document our experience defining and un/doing masculinity for ourselves. It will be published by Magnus Books and will be available in print and as an e-book by mid 2015. 

    OUTSIDE THE XY: Queer, Brown Masculinity is looking for your nonfiction, interviews, rants, stories, essays, multi-genre pieces, poetry, fiction, sci fi, confessions, letters, moments, wisdom, his/herstory, prayers...your words, your truth, your queer, your brown, your feelings and ideas surrounding what your journey means to yourself and the world.

     

    (WE ARE SO HYPED ABOUT THIS!)

     

    If selected, you will get publishing credit (obviously), a copy of the publication, an honorarium and be featured on our blog.

    photo by bree gant


     

    In the words of June Jordan,

    We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.

     

    Join us on this amazing adventure of sharing our stories and our work by submitting here!

    :) :) :) :) :) 

     

     

     

    Sunday
    Mar092014

    Dear Sebastian: [an open letter] 

    *this is our attempt to publicly name an incident that may impact other people and communities down the line.

    Dear Sebastian, 

    We're writing you an open letter because it's important for us to vocalize the ways we've been mistreated by you over the last several months. Silence, the desire to appear perfect or flat out pretending like things are okay when they aren't are not the way bklyn boihood has ever rolled through anything. So, we're taking a huge risk by publicly articulating where we're at with all of this because call out cultures are so damn messy. But then, so is life.
    Everyone deserves the opportunity to let their light shine. We're grateful bklyn boihood was that space for you. We're also sad (really more disappointed) that you shitted on our space and work for your own gain. This note is our attempt to be transparent about an experience that could impact other people and groups down the line.

    You stole (a lot of) money from us and that sucks.

    The money we use to travel, make merch, support other orgs/people's work, to feed volunteers, to deposit venues, keep our web presence going, to give honorariums to collaborators (notice how none of this involves our personal pockets)--all of it--gone.
    It wasn't until we tried to use our money that we found out it was all gone. Yes, you paid it back--mostly. But guess what? It wasn't a loan so the story CAN'T end there. 
    None of us are wealthy (or even stable half the time). We all "work" for bklyn boihood without getting paid and none of us are confused about how much energy, effort and time it takes to drive something that isn't built for profit--it's built because we all need to feel human, present, visible and not alone.
     
    We've talked a LOT in closed spaces with you. Together we shared our love, shared our disappointment and tried to make plans with you to correct your actions. You clearly didn't give a damn as you decided to not show up to the ONLY thing we asked you to do for free.
    So here we are. After the frustration, tears, efforts to cover your absence and our lack of resources, we give up. We'd rather struggle through the present with integrity than continue to try to excuse your actions in silence. 

    With that we'll say: Good luck Black man. May you course-correct, embody the REAL tenets of self-care outside of the clothes and bags of weed our money bought you. Most of all, we hope you learn to love yourself into being worth struggling honestly for.

    With love + a clear line drawn in the sand, 
    the bois