The work I selected for this exhibition addresses the black queer experience, toxic masculinity, gender norms, and racial profiling in America. Growing up, I was always told that I was "soft." Not really really knowing what that meant always left me stunned and, of course, it was always taken the wrong way. Whenever I was caught crying by a black male or female, I was told that boys/men don't cry and that confused me as well. Acting hard or "tough" was never the thing for me. I always had a smile on my face and played well with others.