We first want to say THANK YOU. We met our first goal!
But we are not done yet...
What if our film could direct people to action that would transform Black men's lives & Black communities?
What if our Black men – our brothers, our husbands, our boyfriends, our sons, our friends - had more than just wishes & dreams? What if they had power?
What if they didn’t fight uphill at every twist and turn of trying to create what they want, live their passions, and find their freedom? What if they didn’t just dream of creating nonprofits, starting businesses, building initiatives that promote peace and bring our communities together? What if we ENSURED they would be powerful?
Well why aren’t we? So much conversation and hot debate about race and violence in America and what have we done for the Black men that we love? When do we LISTEN to them? Could it be that America is just not listening? And not listening to those directly affected by the violence in America? Some of us are not listening and others of us are not talking. Black men CANNOT share fully, lest they look too weak, lest they appear too angry, lest they be too demanding of a society that has been been cold and unresponsive to their needs. Will we continue not allowing the space for Black men to speak and to act, leaving them powerless and fighting uphill to create what they want in this world? Or will we stop. Listen. And ensure they have the power to recreate this world?
"It’s a good thing my mama also told me there’d be days where will I feel POWERFUL as a Black man. Days where I can generate my own love, joy and power as a Black Man. Where I CREATE what it means to be a Black Man in America. I wrote Black Man in America for Days Like This – for the days on which we choose to create our own power." - Johnny Hobbes
We are creating nationwide opportunities for Black men to be heard & experience their power. And it starts with a film. Black Man in America Dance Film is the first in a series of films that we plan to take to universities across the nation. The film series will be the center of university-wide events acknowledging how we have silenced Black men. The events will fundraise for local community initiatives created and led by Black men, allowing men the space to be heard & be powerful.
The Black Man in America Project involves two main actions:
ACTION #1: We Will Acknowledge Our Silencing of Black Men & The POWER of Black Men in A Viral Dance Film
This two-minute dance film tells the story of six joyous Black boys who at a young age learn to hide who they are & how they feel in order to be accepted and not feared. When they grow into men, their mistrust leads them into a rage against themselves and others, but all they want is for someone to listen. Will anyone? Tens of thousands of viewers will watch the film. We have an agreement with Blavity (over 250,000 Facebook followers) to distribute the film and will reach out to other outlets like HuffPost Black Voices and DOT MOVE.
*Screenshots from Black Man in America Dance Film, Shot By Bryant Norman
ACTION #2: We Will Partner With 25 Universities To Support Local Black-Male-Led Community Programs
We are partnering with The Black Doctoral Network, which is a network of Black faculty and PhD students, to ensure Black men experience their power. The Black Doctoral Network, which has ties to all major universities, will enable us to easily reach decision-makers at these universities. At this time, universities are clamoring for ways to publicly acknowledge their support for Black communities and position themselves as supportive of Black communities. This film series presents an opportunity for universities to send a clear public message that they support Black empowerment initiatives, through a) a public on-campus event featuring our film series and b) their donations to Black-male-led programs in the surrounding community. In essence, the film series is an opportunity for universities to publicly acknowledge and show that they are listening to Black communities; and to solidify their public support by donating to local programs led by Black men in the surrounding local community.
The Urgency: Will We Lose This Opportunity to Give Black Men Opportunities To Be Heard & Powerful?
What’s at stake right now is bringing this project to every home in America. What’s at stake is supporting each Black male dancer, adult and child, for their involvement in this project. What’s at stake is creating a film that touches university decision-makers so much that they are moved to support their local Black men who are passionate leaders, inspired entrepreneurs, amazing fathers, and loving contributors to this country. What's at stake is ensuring that every Black man can reconnect to that little Black boy inside and get his dreams back. What’s at stake is creating a spark to launch this project into a nationwide push for Black men's power.
If we do not raise our $15,928 goal by August 20th, we will get nothing, so please share, donate, and like us on Facebook if you support.
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Will you help us give Black men the opportunity to be heard and be powerful? Will you help us inspire Black male leaders? If we don't raise $15,928 by August 20th, we get $0.
Risks and challenges
- Raising money for a film about issues that people consider polarizing
- We have to re-shoot outside scenes. This is another $1,000.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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