“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.
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