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Black Boy Joy front view
Black Boy Joy installation
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Black Boy Joy side view
Black Boy Joy installation


Black Boy Joy Yoga centers and celebrates Black men and boys as they practice mindfulness and prioritize wellness. Yoga instructor Joshua Davis will lead each of the beginner-friendly outdoor sessions. Davis will utilize breath work, meditation, grounding poses, and guided commentary about claiming joy to create the ideal environment for community healing. The minimum age to participate is 5 years old. Children 5-12 must be accompanied by a guardian.


Though open to all, Black Boy Joy Yoga exists to provide a safe space for Black men and boys with the support of friends, family and allies. This open-community concept further reinforces the idea that we get free together, and allows us to practice that freedom in real time.


Beloved activist and writer bell hooks said, “I am often struck by the dangerous narcissism fostered by spiritual rhetoric that pays so much attention to individual self-improvement and so little to the practice of love within the context of community.”


Black Boy Joy allows our community to rally beside Black men and boys to create a spiritually, mentally, physically and emotionally uplifting experience for all.


June 22, 8:30-10 a.m., Operation Breakthrough

July 20, 9:30-11 a.m., Vine Street Brewing Co.

August 17, 8:30-10 a.m., Ruby Jean's Juicery


Black boys and men deserve to live out loud and live in color. They deserve to unapologetically express themselves and take pride in being Black in ways that feel authentic to them. The Black Boy Joy Art Exhibition invites Black men and boys (ages 7+) to submit an original art piece that embodies what the concept of 'Black Boy Joy' means to them.

Artworks may include: 3D works, drawings, graphic designs, fiber works, jewelry, paintings, photography and more. No nudity or hate speech will be accepted.

Artists may submit more than 1 entry, but only 1 final piece may be selected for the exhibition. There is no fee to enter this exhibition.


Deadline to apply: Monday, August 19

Reception: September 2024, location TBD


I responded to Kansas City-based organization, Art in the Loop's call for artists for their annual installation of public art along the streetcar route. The theme was 'Celebrate,' and I chose to create a piece celebrating Black Boy Joy. I was selected to be 1 of 8 artists for Art in the Loop 2023, and my piece was on display at the Union Station streetcar stop from June to November 2023.

I created ‘Black Boy Joy’ to celebrate Black men and boys unapologetically expressing themselves in ways that promote their happiness. The graphic features a Black man playing with a young Black boy. The man could be a father, big brother, or even a mentor to the boy. As they interact, the man shows the boy that it’s okay to express his joy out loud.


The term ‘Black Boy Joy’ has been uplifted in the Black community throughout the past several years. It encourages Black boys and men to embrace their positive emotions and take pride in being Black in ways that feel authentic to them. In America, Black boys and men are often expected to prioritize what society deems as masculine, and refrain from exploring traits that are stereotypically feminine. ‘Black Boy Joy’ disrupts the narrative that tells Black men to suppress their joy.


Black boys and men deserve to live out loud and live in color. I believe in the longevity of Black boys and men, and I believe that longevity starts with celebrating joy. This world doesn’t always make space for Black joy, but we don’t have to wait for permission to take up space. And we shouldn’t.

Learn more about Art in the Loop here.

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