An invocation of integrity to Brother(hood)

By Orlando Zane Hunter Jr and Ricarrdo Valentine

January 13, 2022, PUBLISHED BY IN DANCE

Two Black men wearing straw hats.
Photo by Ramy Mam. [ID: Ricarrdo’s (L) head is tilted to the side holding cast iron skillet and tongs and Orlando (R) holding knives in a X position. Both are wearing light brown hats with a hint of a jeans overalls. There is a tattoo of a hummingbird on Orlando’s right shoulder.]
Our hoods have been strategized, hijacked, and stigmatized for social inadequacy under a hypocartic system. Moving through challenges like food insecurity, land rental, high health risks and public transportation, the Black communities we come from fight back with ingenuity, creativity, and innovation.

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This article appeared in the Winter 2022 issue of In Dance.

Brother(hood) Dance! is an interdisciplinary duo that seeks to inform its audiences on the socio-political and environmental injustices from a global perspective, bringing clarity to the same-gender-loving Black experiences in the 21st century.