This is a beautiful story about self-discovery, reflection, and redefining damaging images and the stories of black men you rarely see.
ABOUT THE DOCUMENTARY:
The definition for black is characterized by the absence of light; enveloped in darkness. Although it may just sound like a color, this definition has influenced many people in the way they view black men overall – over-sexualized, violent, dangerous and untamed - a direct result of the “brute” and “Mandingo” stereotypes.
According to the Kaiser Foundation, “… For African-American men more deaths are caused by homicide than any other cause.”
Racism is still a major issue in this country particularly with the way society deals with black men. Black men have always been targeted, persecuted and murdered out of fear of having the stereotypes played out. This is racist conditioning at its’ best and no other race has the same plight. This is a result of the “brute” and “Mandingo” stereotypes. The world has been taught to fear black men. At the hands of the police, in the media and in much of the culture, black men are treated like criminals first and human beings second.
Black men are more than a stereotype. You are more than a stereotype. Right now, the laws in place (and lack thereof) say that they are. Let’s change that.
WHY I WANT TO MAKE THIS DOCUMENTARY:
The idea for this documentary was born after my first documentary on black female sexuality. However, during my journey I realized that black men have it much worse than any other race and are dying at a faster rate than anyone, mostly due to homicides – unjustified killings by the police, racial killings and black on black crime. I questioned my own damaging perceptions about black men, realizing how I have bought into some of the ideas as well based on societal influences and personal experiences. As time went by, I learned more and more about how these stereotypes have gotten many black men killed, incarcerated and how some men have internalized them to a certain extinct by their actions. I was angry and fearful for my own son’s life and had to do something about it. Racial tolerance is still a major issue in the United States, especially when it comes to societal dealings of black men. Something must change. Will our sons have a place in this world and be able to die a natural death when the world is already against him because of his skin color? Why is everyone so scared of dark?
After the senseless killing of Trayvon Martin and revisiting the Emmitt Till’s murder I realized that every year countless, innocent black man are murdered because of these racial stereotypes, fueled by racism. This was when I decided that this would be the year I finish this film. The time is now.
People, you can change the whole climate in this country so that the demonization of black male youth and men no longer goes unopposed. Without your help, this film will never be seen. The only way to end the persecution of the black man is to offer another alternative to the stereotypes you see. This is a side of him you will never see in the media, until NOW.
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HOW YOUR CONTRIBUTION WILL BE USED:
Crew/talent, travel/transportation, & post-production make up a majority of the costs. We are now trying to reach a goal of $50,000 so that we can make the best film possible!
WHAT HAPPENS IF I DON'T REACH MY GOAL:
I don't get to keep any of the money raised - it is all or nothing.
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