It’s two friends who never tire of the other’s company, a mother feeding her child the milk from her breast, a father teaching his daughter how to ride a bike. Grandparents who are still in love, a man who speaks up when he sees a fellow black woman get disrespected by another person—even though he doesn’t know her name.

Black love is unity, strength, empowerment, perseverance, joy and enamor, despite existing in a world that’s told us our skin is unlovable and unworthy. It is an inspiring, empowering and affirming declaration that we will hold one another up, even when the world puts us down.

It is even more exciting when art, music and photography captures the beauty of black love. Take a moment to enjoy the breathtaking images below that display black love in various degrees. You’ll probably feel inspired to have a photoshoot of your own.

Bill and jena.

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Day 2 @afropunk Black love ❤️ #AFROPUNKBK2016 #afropunkfest #afropunk2016

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Stunning! Fro @ayanaiman and her Beau @primo_supremo 😍💛😍

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Stunning! Beau @pharaohblake and his Fro @pierr.e! 🌸☺️💛

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Always by my side 😘❤️️

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