“We want to be the compass that helps men of color navigate those journeys.” Jason Rosario stated in an interview with thegrio.com this past June. He was explaining the impact a lack of authenticity and vulnerability in a digital landscape had had on men of color and how he’s like to counteract it. It’s a perfect sentence to summarize the intention of The Lives of Men, an integrated media + lifestyle website, founded by Jason, this past January. Their intention is to focus on chronicling positive and diverse stories of men in color.
As the oldest of 5 children, raised by a single mother in the Bronx, Jason has always been a leader and he’s now utilizing those skills to help lead the next generation of young men. He hopes the website can serve inspiration and instruction while providing tools not afforded to him while growing up. The website’s name symbolizes the complexity of being a back man in America in 2017. Jason stresses the importance of featuring stories as diverse as the variety of experiences of all men of color and the importance of men being self-aware and in tune with their emotions in an environment that is inclusive to women and the LGBTQ community.
So what’s on the mind of a black man who has dedicated himself to improving the perception of men of color in a racially tense America in 2017? We asked him. His response: Jay-Z’s “4:44” and letting go “because at the end of the day, shit is not that serious.”