I have a personal obsession with elevating a positive image of what black men truly are. I often find myself pausing to stare at an Instagram post in awe as I think to myself, THESE are the type of black men I grew up around.
Too often I find the media, Google search engines and the uneducated form pre-judged opinions on the character of a black man based off outer appearance. Can you imagine being in the shoes of a black man fighting against negative stereotypes in everyday life. This is where Bearded Dapper Gents (“BDG”) comes in swinging the pendulum in the right direction.
“The Bearded Dapper Gents (“BDG”) is a collective group of well dressed men formed to change the way black men are viewed in the eye of the public through imagery. Collectively, we are attempting to change the public’s perception of black men by way of sharing images that exhibit black men in a positive light showcasing our unity, our support of each other as well as patronizing our local black-owned establishments.”
What's more astonishing is that their mission is very similar to our own here at the VOYADE.
A BROTHER’S DUTY
Among the BDG blogger George Marie created an initiative called “A Brother’s Duty” along with support from his band of brothers Collis, Nestle, Pythagore, Darrell and Percy.
A Brother’s Duty’s mission is in its name, their goal is to empower and support young black men. The young men experience a day of mentoring and being outfitted in a tailored suit with transportation and lunch provided. When all the tailoring is complete the young man will be captured in photographs with his mentors involved in the process.
This is just the beginning of amazing things to come with A Brother’s Duty. Currently they work with 3 nonprofits Pens of Power , Foster Care Unplugged and 100 Suits for 100 Men who source the young men for the day.
Keep up to date with The Bearded Dapper Gents on Instagram where you can also see post about their events and updates on A Brother’s Duty.
I applaud these men on a wonderful cause and I am excited to see greatness unfold.