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“Afraid Of Dark” Documentary Tackles Negative Stereotypes About Black Men And Why Society Vilifies Them
“Afraid Of Dark” Documentary Tackles Negative Stereotypes About Black Men And Why Society Vilifies Them
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The second feature film by Mya B. (dir. of Silence: In Search of Black Female Sexuality) explores damaging black male stereotypes.

What is Afraid of Dark about?

According to the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement's report, "Operation Ghetto Storm", 1 black man is killed every 28 hours by police or vigilantes.

Historically America has been taught to fear black men, hence the title, "Afraid of Dark."  The unjustified murders of Sean Bell, Oscar Grant, Trayvon Martin and many others are not isolated incidences. Black men are being murdered and criminalized everyday and nothing is being done about it.   Where is the justice? As a black woman, mother, lover and friend, this concerns me.    

Let's work to change this!

The film explores two main stereotypes that have been played out historically - the Brute and Mandingo, which profiles the black man as either angry/violent or over-sexed.  

Here’s the synopsis:

“Why is everyone afraid of black men?”  In her new documentary “Afraid of Dark”, filmmaker Mya B. attempts to answer this question. Through personal interviews and narration with writers, historians and entertainers such as Dr. Cornel West and Tom Burrell, Mya explores the history of two of the most prevalent stereotypes the “Mandingo” and the “brute”.  With a breakdown of scientific racism she examines how so many black men have been affected by those particular stereotypes throughout history and how the subconscious belief in them have contributed to violence and the incarceration of black men at disturbing rates.  The candid interviews and commentary highlight three generations of black men in her family who demystify those stereotypes.  The film displays the black man’s struggle to find love and meaningful identity in a world that mutes their individual stories.

Press thus far:

The film trailer has gained a lot of support and has been featured on some amazing blogs.  Some of the blogs are:  Huffington Post, BET, Bossip, and Uptown.  In addition to this, I have made some TV appearances on TV One News and Arise.TV

Check out some press clips:

http://blogs.indiewire.com/shadowandact/now-documentary-afraid-of-the-dark-examines-why-is-everyone-afraid-of-black-men

http://www.afropunk.com/video/afraid-of-dark-film-trailer

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/14/afraid-of-dark-trailer_n_4964027.html

Check the trailer below:

WHO IS IN IT?

Cast Members
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In addition, we interviewed, Kevin Powell, Vondie Curtis Hall, Sam Greenlee, Juju Mama (Kenya K. Stevens), Tom Burrell, Phillips Verner Bradford, Dr. Herukuti (Blackfunk), Hasan Salaam, Mikeflo, Chen-lo, Umi, Divine Elohim, Chris Rob, DJ Hard Hittin Harry, and so many men ages 18 and up. 

How can you help this film be seen?

The goal of this campaign is to raise $15,000.  However, the more the merrier.  It would be such a blessing to raise more than the amount stated. The money will be used for finalizing cost.  

The campaign has a hard deadline of 11:59 on May 8th. 

If you decide to help, you pledge whatever you want in exchange for cool rewards (for example, a shout-out on my FB film page/twitter, a mix-tape featuring some artist of the film, a signed DVD of the film, t-shirts with logo... the list goes on!).

The more you pledge, the better the perks! Take a look at the column on the right to see what's available.

If I meet the goal by the deadline, your credit card is charged what you pledged (but NOT until then), I get to successfully release the film, you get your cool perks, and everyone's happy.

If I don't make the goal by the deadline (falling even a penny short), your credit card is not charged, I get nothing, you don't get any reward(s), and the world doesn’t get to see this film.  Please help me reach this goal by sharing this story.

Another way you can participate (other than backing the project) is to HELP SPREAD THE WORD about the film! E-mail a friend, share it on Facebook, post it to an online forum, rap about it, tweet…  whatever you can do, it will make all the difference in the world.

Feel free to ask me any questions you have by using the "send message" link at the top of this page (there are also some answers to common questions below).

Thank you for your support!

CREDITS

Afraid of Dark cover art by Caktuz Tree

Kickstarter video by Vince Ballentine

Music by The 3AM Association-"A Minor Improvisation on Sunday" Courtesy of ccmixter.com

Risks and challenges

There are many risks and challenges that come with completing this project. One of them is contingency costs. Things usually cost more than you plan for. If this does happen, I plan to find other ways to obtain the money whether it's throwing a fundraiser party, getting a second job, or writing a grant. Another challenge would be the time it takes to clear footage, music and images. We are looking at a few months to clear everything. This will create a minor setback if both of these things happen, but no matter what, this project is coming out.

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