What is Afraid of Dark about?
Outside of the Trayvon Martin case, black men are still being unjustly murdered. This is nothing new to the violence against black males in this country. America has been taught to fear the black man, hence the title, “Afraid of Dark”. 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.
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