This award-winning documentary links everyday black men from various socioeconomic backgrounds with some of Black America's most progressive academics, social critics and authors to provide an engaging, candid dialogue on black masculine identity in American culture. Featuring interviews with bell hooks, Michael Eric Dyson, John Henrick Clarke, Dr. Alvin Poussaint, MC Hammer, and others.
Is there such a thing as black masculinity in America? What are some of the ways in which black masculinity differs from white masculinity? How has racism, sexism, homophobia and the threat of violence helped shape black masculine identity in American culture? How does Cool Pose help black males attain masculine identity? How do gay black men define masculinity?
Former Northeastern University Quarterback Byron Hurt powerfully examines these and other issues in I Am A Man: Black Masculinity in America, a 60-minute, award-winning documentary video that poignantly captures the thoughts and feelings of African-American men and women from more than 15 cities and towns across America. I Am A Man links everyday black men from various socioeconomic backgrounds with some of Black America's most progressive academics, social critics and authors to provide an engaging, candid dialogue on black masculine identity in American culture.
I Am A Man features cultural critics bell hooks and Michael Eric Dyson; the late historian John Henrick Clarke; hip-hop writer, author and activist Kevin Powell; human rights activist and former mayor of Atlanta, Andrew Young; renown psychiatrist Dr. Alvin Poussaint; entertainer MC Hammer, and several African-American men and women from across the country.
I Am A Man won the International Prized Pieces Community Choice Award and has been shown at more than 80 colleges and universities across the country. I Am A Man was funded by the echoing green foundation, the Lotus Development Corporation and IBM Company, the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities and the National Black Programming Consortium.