“How they carry the burdens of this world gracefully and without complaint.” —Nia, 28, Evanston, Illinois.
“Every divine energy in nature is wrapped up in Black men.” —Akissi, 26, New York City.
“Their 31 flavors, from caramel latte to black coffee.” —Tanya, 32, Chattanooga.
“The way they laugh—roaring with power and conviction.” —Karen, 35, Valley Stream, New York.
“I love when they run their tongue over their succulent lips with a soft, unintentional wink [as LL Cool J]. I call it the lip-eye thing.” —Taleia, 21, New York City.
“I especially love my dad, for making do, for being a survivor and for loving my mother and me.” —Mykola, 25, Philadelphia.
“A brother who is aware and sensitive to family and community, who takes the time to guide our youths, is a blessing I thank the Almighty for.” —Beryl, 49, Somerset, New Jersey.
“Their mind, their strength, their sharpness.” —Jacqueline, 40, Seattle.
“When a Black man walks into a room, everyone notices. Brothers’ power is intoxicating!” —Paulette, 30, Chicago.
“The special way Black men walk. Bass lines and drumbeats fall to the ground with every step.” —Jessica, 30, Atlanta.