'Framing Fatherhood:' Inside The Exhibit Celebrating Black Boy Joy and Fatherhood

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A new exhibit in Washington, D.C., is celebrating Black men and Black fatherhood through photographs.

Award-winning storyteller and filmmaker Dr. Imani M. Cheers created “Framing Fatherhood.” She was inspired by her father, who is also a photographer, and her mission to showcase positive images of Black men.

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“Framing Fatherhood” features more than 75 photographs from 14 prominent Black male photographers from across the country.

“Launching this exhibit is a love project and very intentional,” said Dr. Cheers. “The goal of the exhibition is to celebrate Black men and fathers through the lens of iconic Black male photographers who make up our creative village.”

Accessing The Exhibit

The exhibit, located at George Washington University’s Corcoran School of the Arts and Design, is another initiative from It Takes A Village: Basics of Boyhood and Messages for Manhood. The artist collective has been on a mission to examine how social media impacts the public and mental health of both content creators and the broader Black community.

“The new exhibition, along with the overall initiative, is committed to providing the broader public, mainstream journalists, and policymakers an understanding of digital media’s influence on public dialogue and opinion surrounding the holistic representation of Black men as boys, men, friends, fathers, and partners,” a statement in a news release reads.

Artwork from Devin Allen, Reese Bland, Erskine Issac, Khary Mason, Jamel Shabazz, and more can be found in the photo exhibit.

You only have until July 31 to see the exhibit in Washington, DC, before it moves around the world.

Admission for “Framing Fatherhood” is free. You can access the show from Wednesday through Sunday from 1 pm to 6 pm at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at 500 17th Street NW.