Black Boys Don't Cry (BBDC) created by IGGYLDN is a project designed to deconstruct the ideals of black masculinity and manhood in the 21st century. BBDC is led by three creative mediums (spoken word, videography and photography) in order to bring to light the challenges that young black men face in today’s society.
Creatively Directed: IGGYLDN
Make-up: Jomelyn Ferras
Mixing and Mastering: Joe Meehan
Models: Tunde Rob Jake Abolade Jordan Melvin Alexander Kailum
Black Boys Don't Cry by IGGY (2016)
Fatherhood is a short film designed to decode the intimacy between men of colour; in particular, the relationship between father and son, which is hardly portrayed in mainstream media. Fatherhood is a narration, which describes the complex feelings that men may have towards their fathers – starting from childhood through to adolescence and finally adulthood.
The story depicts the emotional turmoil that can arise from unresolved issues within relationships; how they play upon a young man’s psyche leading up to manhood and how they change his viewpoint on himself as well as his father. As a result of this, the non-existence of male role models has led to a perpetuation of anger and resentment in men. Fatherhood aims to address these feelings by focusing on the relationship between father and son rather than its divide. Fatherhoodaims to challenge the stereotypical ideals of manhood in order to break a cycle, which has culminated into the neglect of these relationships, and adopts a symbol of accountability and forgiveness for past wrongdoings in a beautiful and profound way.
Creative Director - IGGYLDN
Videography - Stephan Knight
Sound - Joe Meehan
Photography - White Negatives
Production Assistant - Jade Cowans
Stylist - Christianah Jones
Makai Ammon Williams
Grading - The Mill
Fatherhood by IGGY (2017)
Silk is a project that tries to reclaim an era where people danced, where they weren’t so aware of themselves, unlike in this world of social media. In light of the jazz era, where men were inspired and moved by colour and fabric and texture, Silk is a celebration of the 21st century man seeing himself, as opposed to via a certain lens.
CREDITS: Director - Iggy Videographer - Iggy Stylist - Rhona Ezuma Stylist Assistant - Tennessee Williams Model - Paul-Darnel Davis Sound Design - Joe Meehan
In Michelangelo's “The Creation of Adam” (1508-12), the human hand is so powerful, it transfers life from God to a withering Adam. Just as Michelangelo believed, our hands today are still one of our most powerful body parts: with them we touch and connect with other people, we create sounds so loud that the vibrations can be felt by those who can’t hear, and above all, they have their own expressive identity, helping us to communicate our internal reality.
London-based filmmakers IGGYLDN (you have seen him in the Dazed 100) and Jordan Macrae recognise this power with their latest short film, HANDS. “We tend to pay less attention to the everyday interactions that we go through using our hands,” explains IGGYLDN. “There is a lot to discuss when it comes to these types of interactions, so we wanted to allow people to realise how much the use of our hands impacts the people around us – even the smallest gestures.”
The film features a range of young creatives, such as London-based musician Natalie Onofua and artist J C Cowans, who are all seen in the film through nothing but their hands. “I shoot a lot of talking heads, and wondered what it would be like as an audience to never see the face of the person speaking,” says Macrae. The subjects’ anonymity foregrounds the voice of their hands, and shows how vital hands are to their craft. “I read somewhere that our body language actually communicates more information than the words we use,” Macrae reflects. “Words come second to both tone and body language, and hands are probably the most common body part for gestures and physical communication.”
IGGY adds that, “Although a lot of people can manipulate their exterior to showcase how they want others to perceive them, hands can’t be dressed in the same way, meaning that they can be true representations of how someone is feeling and how that affects their communication. Hands can indicate problems that would otherwise go unnoticed.”
Playing with a piece of white silk, it's J C Cowan’s scenes that make us reconnect with the sensuality of our hands. As the material slithers down her palms, you can almost feel the sleekness of it moving within your own fingers. “I think one of the most overlooked values of the hands is in intimacy,” says Macrae. “Whether it’s holding hands or just touch generally, I think it’s one of the most romantic ways human beings can interact.”
In the fast-paced whirlwind of life in the digital age, it seems our hands are always perched at the beck and call of technology, but HANDS reminds us that we need to look down to our hands more often, to appreciate ourselves and our identities.