Welcome to the Evolving Man Project’s ‘Evolved Man of the Week’ profiles. Each week we will highlight an individual that embodies what it means to be an evolved man, famous and non-famous men alike. The world needs to know their stories and deeds. This week’s honor goes to the musician, artist, California native, author, and educator; Lawrence Lindell.
He is the creator of “From Black Boy With Love” and “From Black Boy With Love Part II,” “Hey. People of Color”, “Couldn’t Afford Therapy, So I Made This” and the webcomic “The Section.” He makes comics and teaches comic book classes. He also started the Bay Area cartoonist collective called “The BAYlies.” His books and artwork create a positive and uplifting space for black, brown and other people of color. His unique perspective has gained him quite a following, and he uses his platform to inspire black men and women challenge topics of colorism, mental health, self-love, and identity. Here is Lawrence in his own words about blackness and self-identity:
“When growing up in the States as someone who is black, there are a set of rules you seem to have to follow. Either you talk too white, or you talk too black. I had a teacher once tell me that I have an advantage to being tuff because “black people are naturally scary.” If I do something that doesn’t fit in with this ideal of what “blackness” is then I’m not really black according to some. That is why I encourage people to discover themselves. You are who you are, no one gets a say but you.”
Today we honor Lawrence Lindell as our Evolved Man of the Week.