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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.

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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

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  • myabee

    Thank you Jelena. I am not connected with the D'Artagnan Scorza of Social Justice in Cali. It sounds like a dope institute and will be looking it up. Thank you so much for the heads up ;) Appreciate it!

  • Jelena Woehr

    I love this project and I love your Vote for Huey shirt! Mya, are you connected with D'Artagnan Scorza of the Social Justice Learning Institute in California? He just sent out a newsletter about an upcoming project to change language around the same issues. SJLI sometimes hosts film screenings. I bet when you are finished with your documentary they would be a great west coast connection for you to show the film, and during your fundraising period maybe you could network with them and their connections?