Black Bois to Look Out For in 2018
This week on BOI Meets World, we take time to appreciate the work being done by some phenomenal black bois. Each of these bois have the hearts of the community centered in their work and should be on your radar. As we celebrate Black History Month, it is important that we look towards the Black BOI Future. 2018 is going to be a phenomenal year for black bois!
Industry: Entrepreneur, Owner at BOI Society & Brooklyn Presents
BOI Society is known as the largest and most diverse platform for tomboys, androgynous, and genderless beings.
Brooklyn is the founder of BOI Society and has used her knowledge of the culture to build an amazing brand. BOI Society currently has over 48k followers on Instagram and the platform is the “it” spot for masculine of center content, fashion and celebration. Brooklyn Wright started off 2018 with a blast as she launched her beta social media master class. She also launched Brooklyn Presents tour, which is a speaking tour to connect and build with the vibrant queer entrepreneur, creative, community around the world. Look out for Brooklyn and find out more about her work here.
Why did you want to be an entrepreneur?
"I wanted liberation and I found it by believing in my ability to do anything. I wanted to create myself. When I was 18, my old boss had just sold his company (the company I worked for) for $172 MILLION. I asked him to lunch and he said to me at that lunch, that I looked like the type of person who would be SELF MADE and I took him literally. I’ve been creating myself ever since."
Industry: Developer and Producer
Bakari Jones is a web developer and event producer. Bakari is stepping into the first quarter of 2018 with an upscale event, “Her Sweet Release” and producing the new wave of self-care sets for masculine of center folks, Quemistry sets. Her Sweet Release is the spot to be if you are a black woman who loves black women. Her Sweet Release first stop is in Baltimore, Maryland on March 17th, 2018, get your tickets here. Quemistry Sets are self-care packages designed especially for masculine queer women during their menstrual cycles. Bakari is building and healing the community one event and healing product at a time.
Why did you start Her Sweet Release?
Above all, I hope to bring an appreciation of the divine manifested through Black femininity to the world through Her Sweet Release. I also hope to help our community re-imagine what Black women willingly accept. We deserve the best-not scraps; Her Sweet Release will raise the bar of how Black women who love Black women view those competing for their dollars. In my wildest dreams after attending Her Sweet Release the collective vibration of Black women will have risen in ways that make us own more of our power.
Kai M. Green
Industry: Professor and Freedom Dreamer
Dr. Kai M. Green continues his journey sharing and receiving knowledge at Williams College as the Assistant Professor of Women, Gender and Sexuality.As the co-editor of the Black Trans Love is Black Trans Wealth, Kai is a leader in bringing Black Trans stories out of the darkness and into the light. Kai is also working on his memoir, “A Body Made a Home.” Watch out for more magic from Kai in 2018.
What is your hope for Black Trans Love is Black Trans Wealth?
My biggest hope is that it will affirm Black Trans and GNC (gender non-conforming) living and loving. I hope that people feel seen and heard. I hope that the truths we collect help other Black Trans and GNC folk find and use their own voices. I hope that it acts as one of the archival texts of our time, illustrating that we were here and brave enough to love ourselves even if non else did—we are survivors.
Industry: Content Creator
Lex Kennedy is a black, queer and trans content creator invested in showcasing the stories and journey’s of Queer People of Color. Lex continues his journey of story telling with his new vlog, SIR Lex Rene TV where he showcases his black love journey and highlights great eats and QTPOC moments in Southern California. Lex is a filmmaker and director who hopes to distribute as much content as possible in his lifetime. His next project, “The BOI Doc” will be hitting the screen this spring.
What do you hope the world receives from the BOI doc?
I want the world to see this film because black queer bois like us are always pushed to the margins and the bois in this film have made it a point to push back against the binary and create space for folx like us.