In new documentary, black men shine spotlight onto themselves


Question Bridge is a project that “seeks to represent and redefine black male identity in America,” according to its website. The project has a documentary out in which black men, including men young and old, celebrities, civil rights activists and laymen, turn the tables onto themselves and ask each other pressing questions.

The video above is a preview of the documentary, which appears to be at least a conversation starter. The documentary started showing last week at the Brooklyn Museum and will run through June. It will also appear at the Sundance Film Festival beginning Jan. 19, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art on Jan. 20, Oakland Museum of California on Jan. 21 and at City Gallery at Chastain in Atlanta on Jan. 27.

I’ve already marked my calendar to go see this documentary once it comes to Atlanta. I’m anxious to see if they will address the abuse, subjugation, exploitation and violence against black women and children committed within the black community. I’m also anxious to see if the documentary will address the homophobia, transphobia, the burden of living up to a hypermasculine stereotype, hip hop culture’s impact on black male-black female relationships, the legacy of racism, Jim Crow and the schools-to-prison pipeline and the rise of HIV/AIDS cases in our community.