Blackmendream is a film that I think will cause you pause. Why you pause will be due to your own experiences.
Click on the picture of film maker Shikeith above to view the film. Shikeith asks Black men the following questions. Share your responses if you like.
1.When did you become a black man? When did you become a man?
2.How would you describe your interaction with other black males in your youth? Adulthood?
3.What makes you angry? sad? happy?
4.Have you ever dealt with emotional stress directly related to being a black man?
5.Have you ever been depressed? What caused it?
6.Were you able to express your depression to the people around you? If yes, how did they respond--if no, what stopped you?
7.What has stopped you from expressing yourself emotionally?
8.How were you raised to deal with your emotions?
9.How do you feel you're perceived by other black men?
10.Do you cry? When was the last time you cried and why?
11.What has your mother/father told you about expressing your emotions,and when?
12. What's the hardest thing about being a male? a black male?
13. Whats a repetitive happy dream/day dream you can remember?
15. What's a repetitive nightmare you can remember?