Will the BeardGang please stand up? Bearded baes reigned supreme in and the ladies loved every second. So, what was it like being a beautiful bearded Black men this year? In partnership with Black Men With Beards , once again, we check in with a few of your faves to ask. The best thing about having a beard in is the sense of Black pride it gives me. Best thing about having a beard in ? I really like the attention I get from all races complementing something that I naturally grew and I love when a woman rubs her fingers and hands through my beard before I go to sleep or while I'm on the phone talking.
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My relationship with my identity has always been complicated. I grew up on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, where, more often than not, I was the only black face in a room. Still, my family is extremely Afrocentric, and we celebrated everything from our black skin, to our curves, to the way we styled our hair. Even in those moments when I was the only one like me, my mom and my nana never let me second-guess myself. Despite growing up with confidence, there were times I looked around and wished I had white features. I spent a huge chunk of my young life attracted to men who preferred my white, Hispanic or lighter-skinned friends. This made me feel upset and a little insecure.
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This month alone, a white man threatened a black campaign volunteer with what he said was a gun. Many white women went viral when they called police or threatened to call police on black people who had done nothing wrong. Another white woman went viral when she doubted a black man lived in her apartment complex.