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Boy.Brother.Friend. New Zine By Nataal

Boy.Brother.Friend. New Zine By Nataal

Nataal, the global media brand focused on highlighting contemporary African fashion, visual art and music, recently released their first zine, Boy.Brother.Friend. It showcases black men at the the forefront of London’s creative scene, working to expand the visual culture of the Diaspora. The zine features portraits by photographer Mehdi Lacoste and styling and creative direction by KK Obi, along with an impressive lineup of creatives working in fashion, music, activism, visual and performing art, and media.

All images from Boy. Brother. Friend. By Nataal

All images from Boy. Brother. Friend. By Nataal

Across their respective fields, these creatives are working to expand representations of black masculinity and identity. The zine includes features British-Ghanaian photographer Campbell Addy, founder of Nii, a modeling agency addressing lack of representation in media and Nii Journal, a publication addressing issues of, “sex, religion, racial, and cultural identities.” Ibrahim Kamara, another featured London creative and hailing from Sierra Leone, is a stylist who's unraveling notions of black, African masculinity for major brands like Stella McCartney and Burberry. Femi Adeyemi, founder of NTS Radio, is also featured. After starting the station in 2011, NTS has become a leader of independent online radio, showcasing the unique programming of over 200 DJ’s and genres from spiritual jazz to post-punk and grime. A full list of featured creatives and a look at the entire zine are at Nataal and the zine can be purchased through LN-CC.

All images from Boy. Brother. Friend. By Nataal

All images from Boy. Brother. Friend. By Nataal

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