Documentary Questions Why Black Men Are Vilified In U.S.

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Why are Black men so misunderstood? “Afraid of Dark,” an upcoming documentary, takes a hard look at the challenges and injustices Black men face daily just for being in the skin that they’re in, according to Indiewire.

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Writer, director, and Brooklynite Mya B. questions the many cultural stereotypes that Black men in AmeriKKKa deal with by taking viewers on a two-hour journey to explore how they have been victimized, vilified, marginalized, and criticized.

The filmmaker takes a creative look historically at the poignant depictions of the Black male and then breaks them down — thru scientific racism — uncovering how 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.”

Mya B. also interviews three generations of Black men within her own clan in addition to rappers, actors, academicians, and politicians who describe their own dances with racial injustice.

Why make such a groundbreaking film that takes the subject of Black masculinity to even greater depths?

Mya B. told Indiewire, “I wanted to analyze the damaging stereotypes of Black men, which has led to them being murdered and criminalized. I also wanted Black men to receive their glory outside of all the bad things you hear in the media and profile the amazing Black men I know and who are in our communities. More importantly, I wanted people to never forget those Black youth and men who never got justice in death by honoring them in the film to keep them alive in our memories.”

No release date has been mentioned, so be on the lookout.

Check out the “Afraid of Dark” trailer below:

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