Black Men Don't Smile?

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  1. Champagne Papi

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    How come Black men don't smile in pictures (well, the majority of us anyways)?


    I've been browsing profiles and matches and I noticed that almost every time I visit the profile of Black men, he's wasn't smiling in his main picture and sometimes didn't even have a picture of him smiling in his other photos........Why is that? The few Black men that had a picture of them smiling, well, let's just say they don't look like they date other Black men....


    With me, sheesh, I'm a goofball and I'm always smiling in pictures; although I'm self-conscious of my smile (probably because I have a teeth obsession, sh*t, I don't know)....I struggle with not smiling whenever I do take a picture. But I've been noticing that even amongst my friends, I'm probably the only guy smiling in a picture while the rest of them have this stony, stoic expression. :/
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    That's just a thing with guys trying to be cool and stuff.Some people feel like smiling is goofy/corny and shows vulnerability.
     
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    I personally think, in photos, my stoic face looks better than my smiley face. Even in photos where it's natural and not forced, sometimes my smile looks off to me.

    But for others, I agree with @DreG that they may be going for a cool/laidback look, one that portrays strength rather than fun.
     
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    ....N*ggas can miss me with that hyper-masculinity bull sh*t....that sh*t is going to kill us.

    It's just a f*cking smile, not the proclamation to the cracks in your self-defense.
     
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    It's just like some Black dudes not wanting to shake their ass in the club or a dancing environment. Some guys won't even two step, because even to jiggle one ass cheek isn't manly in their Man Law rule book.

    For some men, they might not like taking pictures. However, other men with their "A Man Is Not Supposed To..." issue, they need a reality check.
     
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    I love smiling in my pictures.
     
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    Im just not very photogenic. No1 in my fam is. So I rarely smile in pics cus they go wrong.
     
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    This is my excuse. I'm not photogenic AT ALL
     
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    i dont like to smile in pic , i just don't think my smile look good lol
     
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    Lies!('I'm not photogenic') I've seen those pics (when I lurked...everyone of the lurkers looked...you know they did). Everyone in there was a good looking guy.
     
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    A lot of us are taught to be stoic, and to keep our "game face" on. I remember my dad rarely smiled. Most of time his expression seemed to convey being nonchalant, bored, annoyed, or pissed off. @DreG and @Jaa make a valid point though about a smile conveying vulnerability and stoic expression conveying strength, or coolness. From my experience growing up dudes would screw with you if you appear to be happy just kill your vibe. Bruthas that had that permanent "don't fuck with me" look got left alone. For me appearing stoic or even having a scowl has become so normal I don't even think about it. Which is why I almost never smile in pictures. Also I don't think my smile looks that good. My pix seem to come out better when I have a stern expression.
     
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    Im too old to pretend like I dont know that Im a good looking guy. My mama n daddy look/ed good, so go figure. But it doesnt always translate in photos. Some ppl just cant take a bad pic. Im the opposite n I know that im better in person.
     
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    Don't take this the wrong way, but seriously IMO you had one of the best pics in there. I wanted to save it to my computer! lol (this is embarrassing but I just don't care).

    But I remember reading before of you talking about 'mean muggin' (when I lurked). And that is true. You look very...intimidating. Kind of like 'Wow he is really good looking.....but is he a serial killer? I better cross the street now.' lol

    no disrespect or anything meant with this. Hardly any of you were smiling. I am the same way- I don't smile for pics. I also have always hated having my pic taken. People have told me that I look very 'aloof'.
     
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    Lolol. Well, thank u, but I promise Im not a mean guy.
     
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    I do whatever I feel like at the time the pic is taken. Most times I have a nonchalant scowl but not opposed to smiling.
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    I'm always smiling in person, like I have lithium tainted blood but I only smile in pictures when I'm really, really drunk or if the photographer say's something funny, otherwise it's a smirk or stoic face.
     
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    I smile a lot more in person than I do in pictures. No particular reason, that's just how it happens. If I'm in a group picture and everyone else is smiling, I won't be the only asshole with a straight face. I'm not opposed to smiling though.
     
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    I always smile in photos. I'm like the toddler that instantly smiles when an adults says "cheeeeeese" even when not holding a camera. My parents spent a lot of money on my teeth when I was a kid so I always show 'em off, lol
     
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    LOL! I am so guilty of this. I don't smile in pictures usually only because I'm not a fan of taking pictures. In person I can't help but smile.
     
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    If that is you in your profile picture, you have an amazing smile!
     
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    I am not a smiler in life in general. My family realized some time ago, that we just are not natural born smilers like some people are. I know this has a lot to do with a lot being on my brain so I've been told I always have a mean face. It is typically my thinking face. I am working more and more to become a smiler. In pictures I like to smile, but that is because I feel it brings out the better looking side of me. I don't think I look attractive without a smile. If I ever try to take a "sexy pic" it comes out as a FAIL!
     
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    it is and thank you

     
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    I know what you mean, I suffer from the same thing....there's just something that ain't right with me in the pictures that I smile in.

    ....come on bruv, a smile can convey strength as well, it doesn't necessarily mean you're weak if you smile yeh.

    So quit it and show those pearly white!
     
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    Lol, I should stop cussing so much....people are going to think I'm always angry.
     
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    I see! And I want you to know that you have a beautiful smile!
     
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    That's what I'm talking about! The times that I'm taking a photo with my friends or of my friends, these n*ggas don't smile....even after I say cheese.

    White guys are always cheese'n in their photos, they're never seen as weak or vulnerable........I wish my fellow Black men and poc where afforded the same luxury. :(
     
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    I'm reading a lot on here that some of you are natural smile-rs in person....so why not portray that in a photo as well?

    And don't say because I'm more attractive when I don't smile or that something is off about your smile....or else you'd be hiding that in person as well.
     
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    ....I want to fight you because of this gif.
     
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    It's a fine way to blow off tension.
     
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    Of course white men are always smiling they have every reason to smile they have all the wealth and power in this society.
     
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    Not all of us. And yes there is white privilege and structural racism in favor of whites but whites are not immune to disaster, misfortune, and yes, poverty.

    And the wealth is very concentrated in the hands of a relative few anyway.

    Also if you don't smile other whites are all 'what's wrong with you?' The always are like 'smile! why aren't you smiling? everyone else is smiling?' If you don't smile you are considered hostile

    Not trying to be a jerk here either if I am taking your statement the wrong way.
     
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