Black Boy Joy and Styling Hollywood

Black Boy Joy and Styling Hollywood

It’s black girl magic, black boy joy, and possibly one of the most important series Netflix has produced. “Styling Hollywood” was so pleasantly refreshing as it chronicled an awards season in the life of celebrity stylist Jason Bolden and his husband and business partner Adair Curtis. I’m not sure I’ve yet to witness a gay black couple shown in such a tender, expansive and practical way on a platform as large and popular as Netflix and it mattered in a big way. I found myself thinking the whole time, representation matters, in between cackling at Jason, of course. 

Every gay black man may not be chasing the nuclear idea of a husband, a kid, and a dog, but I would guarantee that the representation of that is just as important as it was for brown girls or mixed kids or urban kids to see themselves on screen. At the basic level of being human beings, we want to feel seen. And to me, outside of the beautiful gowns, private showrooms and A-List celebrities, the most important part of “Styling Hollywood” was that. A black gay couple on display for all to see, applaud, and fall in love with.

In my opinion, in many cinematic and television projects, gay black men can often be made to appear as caricatures of real people and not ones with real emotions, stable relationships, and booming businesses. With their business at JSN Studios as the centerpiece of the show, we’re also given a more robust picture of their lives that includes their relationship, their struggle over having a baby, managing friendships and professional relationships, and challenging business decisions. And yes, Jason is dramatic, but in the best and most engaging way. 

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