After waking up feeling real heavy one day, I decided that my Social media timelines needed some smiles amidst the sharing of important information, thoughts, art, photos and videos that can be upsetting and at its worst depressing and traumatizing.
I posted a picture of my mom smiling and asked for others to post their #BlackJoy moments. Then I decided to give myself a 30-day personal challenge (that I kept to myself) to share photos of joy. After a few moving responses, it seemed right to make this a regular installation and share it more openly. It's been over 100 days of working on reconciling with the chaos that can be caused for being Black and queer in this country and the understanding that even finding a reason to smile is also a form of resistance in a system that was never designed for us to thrive.
I invite you to post moments of joy when you feel moved to do so.
Follow @theblackjoyproject on Instagram.
Submit a post for the project here.