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Dabo Ché & Michaela Angela Davis Ring In Valentine's Day With Black Love Campaign

"In this political climate and always, it is a radical act, an act of resistance even, for Black folks to love each other boldly, out in the open-repetitiously.”

In a time where it's easy to get trapped in the web of tragedy online, Dabo Ché and Michaela Angela Davis are putting images of black love where the eyes can see through their new digital platform, "Black Love Power."

“Black is big, generous and mystical. Love is the most transformative energy there is. Power is what all people want. So Black Love Power, for me, is a reinforcement of, who we are, what we’re made of and what we have,” Davis told The Huffington Post of the campaign launched just in time for Valentine's Day (Feb. 14). “In this political climate and always, it is a radical act, an act of resistance even, for Black folks to love each other boldly, out in the open-repetitiously.”

To help make their labor of love possible, Ché and Davis recruited over 50 gifted, black photographers capable of capturing love from various angles. “I think it’s critical to have a broad range of images that express and illustrate our generous humanity and the profound diversity of our beauty,” Davis continued. “The way black people demonstrate love-through our bodies, our style, our music, art, language, our food, humor, the way we love God is vast and mighty. The world loves to witness and learn from black love, we just want to make it easier for folks to see.”

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According to Ché, the stunning photography not only reminds the world that black love is alive, but it also aims to make the black community "less reactionary to how other people treat us and more proactive about how we treat each other," shifting the focus on building a sustainable future within.

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“I want black people to have a refuge and refuel in our profound indestructible love," Davis later echoed. "I also want us to dip back frequently, in the soulful sexy we way we love. We love like Prince, Phyllis Hyman and Marvin Gaye. I also really want people to know all the AMAZING Black photographers capturing time, ideas and us through a particular lens. And I want people to love one another more, bravely, sweetly and frequently."

To help cut the ribbon tie for the grand initiative, "Black Love Power" has teamed up with Huffington Post Black Voices to unveil its first curated gallery here.

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