PHOTO ESSAY: The Beauty of Black Joy

Explore the diverse manifestations of joy by the black community throughout New York City


Peter Cooper
November 27, 2016 9:59PM (UTC)

 

I didn't set out to find Black Joy, rather Black Joy found me
I found it in the slight upward bend of a smile
The moment right before and after a breath
The spark in the eye
Black Joy
I found it when I went back for the photo that I almost didn’t take
Found it in that classy cool delight, that regal poise and grace
Black Joy
The warmth found me again and again
Black Joy
I am extremely honored and humbled that these beautiful humans have shared their joy with me
Awaken and share your refreshing creation of ebullience and wonder
Black Joy

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AWAKE
a·wake (əˈwāk/) - stop sleeping; wake from sleep.


EBULLIENCE
e·bul·lience (iˈbo͝olyəns/) - the quality of being cheerful and full of energy.


GRACE
grace (/ɡrās/) - simple elegance or refinement of movement.


TRANQUIL
tran·quil (/ˈtraNGkwəl/) - free from disturbance; calm.


COOL
cool (/ko͞ol/) - fashionably attractive or impressive.


ATTENTIVE
at·ten·tiv (/eəˈten(t)iv/) - characterized by or giving attention; observant.


WHOLEHEARTED
whole·heart·ed (/hōlˈhärdə d/) - showing or characterized by complete sincerity and commitment.

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REFRESHING
re·fresh·ing (/rəˈfreSHiNG/) - pleasantly new.


SOLACE
sol·ace (/ˈsäləs/) - comfort or consolation in a time of distress or sadness.


MIRTH
mirth (/mərTH/) - amusement, especially as expressed in laughter.


ALCHEMY
al·che·my (/ˈalkəmē/) - a seemingly magical process of transformation, creation, or combination.


DETERMINATION
de·ter·mi·na·tion (/dəˌtərməˈnāSH(ə)n/) - firmness of purpose; resoluteness.

* The above photos and video below were part of a larger exhibition entitled "The Alchemy of Black Joy" which helped usher in the 48th season of National Black Theatre (located in Harlem, USA).

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Peter Cooper

Peter Cooper is a video producer for Salon. He's a creator infused with many passions and can be found on Instagram and Twitter.

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