Images from Aubrey J. Weeks’ photo albums.
Notes: For too many people, young Black men gathered on street corners is a sign of threat and nihilism. Likewise, far too many people see Black male sociality – Black men just kicking it with other Black men – as threatening as well. This vision of young Black men is often contrasted with the golden past of the “upstanding Afro-Americans” who would never chill on a corner. I like how these images suggest we might reconsider our assumptions of Black men, past and present.