Kay Rufai, a British-Nigerian artist, photographer and author, launched the Smile-ing Boys Project, which aims to address the mental health issues and negative stereotypes facing young blacks. Rufai worked with groups of 20 black teenage boys for eight weeks, giving them tasks to spark their creativity, strengthen coping strategies and cultivate happiness. His project has spread to different boroughs in London, spawning the creation of a stunning portrait series of smiling 13-year-old black boys. "I saw myself in all of these young boys. I recognized that my saving grace was the arts," he told Positive News.

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