Enjoy Nataal’s first zine - KK Obi and Mehdi Lacoste’s portrait series of London’s most trailblazing men


United we stand. That’s the message delivered loud and clear by the individuals who have lined up together for this very special project - a collaboration between Nataal, stylist and creative director KK Obi and photographer Mehdi Lacoste. We have selected a strong cast of young black men who are among those leading the way within the creative community in London whose output is helping to define new diaspora identities.

Whether working in music, fashion, dance, activism, visual arts or media, they are channelling their own diverse cultural experiences and unique points of view into positively articulating an inclusive representation of black selfhood and masculinity. And having a damn good time in the process.

With roots across Africa, the Caribbean and beyond, yet currently planted in the diaspora, their contemporary storytelling represents not only a generational shift in ideas and attitudes but is also creating new spaces for exchange. And that, of course, is when the magic happens. Say hello to your boys, your brothers and your friends…

Boy.Brother.Friend is available exclusively from LN-CC

Scroll through the entire zine below:


Part 1

Part 2

Part 3


Akinola Davies Jr, filmmaker, DJ and co-host of PDA
Alassane Sy, actor and filmmaker
Campbell Addy, photographer and founder of Nii Journal
Clayton Pettet, visual artist
Dennis Okwera, model at AMCK
Emmanuel Balogun, writer
Eric Underwood, soloist of the Royal Ballet
Femi Adeyemi, founder of NTS Radio
Grant Goulding, communications at COS
Ibrahim Kamara, stylist
Jay Boogie, musician
Jermaine Ampomah, stylist and illustrator
Kamani Marriet, logistics for Olivia Von Halle
Kareem Reid, writer, DJ and host of Body Party
Karl Illustrious One, musician, DJ and artist
King Owusu, illustrator and model at Nii Agency
Kivu Ruhorahoza, filmmaker
Larry B, musician and DJ
Maximilian Davis, model
Montell Martin, model at Select
Richard Braqo, shoe designer
Selom K Amoa, tailor and designer
Troy Fearn, casting director and co-founder of TM Casting

Acne, Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne Westwood, Burberry, Charles Jeffery LOVERBOY, Comme des Garcons Homme Plus, Dolce & Gabbana, Dunhill, Etro, Faith Connexion, Gucci, Jil Sander, Juun.J, JW Anderson, Maison Margiela, Moschino, Neith Nyer, Olubiyi Thomas, Prada, Raf Simons, Topman Design, Wooyoungmi.

Thank you
Mischa Notcutt and Troy Fearn, Charlene Prempeh and James Goodhead, LN-CC, Remi Ajani, Isaac Poleon.

Styling and creative direction KK Obi
Photography Mehdi Lacoste
Casting T Agency
Hair Virginie Morriera
Make-up Afrolion
Set design Louis Gibson
Zine design Brianna Ho

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Published on 10/09/2017