Baltimore Beat is publishing photos from participants in Wide Angle Youth Media, which offers media arts education and amplifies the voices of Baltimore youth. These images are from workshops held at KIPP: Baltimore. All photos courtesy of Wide Angle Youth Media.

A’Mia M: To me, Black Joy means to have the power to be a leader and to not stop leading even if there are obstacles in your way.
Amora H.: Self Happiness
Asante A.: To me, Black Joy means to feel comfortable and love the skin you’re in. Being able to feel power being you’re skin color and live as free and open as you want.
El Fallou G.: To me, Black Joy means people with dark complexions working together to make a better community.
Mishael A: To me, Black Joy means anything that supports, inspires, and lifts up black culture.