“Afraid Of Dark” Documentary Tackles Negative Stereotypes About Black Men And Why Society Vilifies Them

March 19, 2014  |  

An upcoming documentary film called “Afraid of Dark” seeks to confront the stereotypes about black men that have caused society to view our brothas in a negative view. This doc is actually the brainchild of a black woman, talented filmmaker Mya B.

With the tragic murders of Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis, and past killings of men like Sean Bell and Amadou Diallo by police, Mya B says she wanted to address and analyze the reasons why society seems to vilify black men often, and received insight from everyday and and prominent black men from different fields, including Dr. Cornel West, writer Sam Greenlee, actor Malik Yoba and more. Mya B had this to say when explaining the necessity of her new documentary:

“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.”

The documentary also touches on the systemic racism behind the prison system, the importance of diversifying the images of black men in the media, what they think of the stereotypes about them, and black masculinity.

The trailer alone is quite engrossing, which you can see below. According to Shadow and Act, Mya B will premiere her film on the festival circuit this year, and she says “I pray that it wakes up the masses not only in our community, but in others as well.”


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