Question Bridge: Black Males
This is a critical period in history for the African American community. In recent years, many have been able to transcend racial, cultural and economic boundaries while others have found themselves increasingly confined to the margins of society. African American men are particularly challenged by this paradox. A black man is the President of the United States, yet black men are still severely overrepresented in incarceration and high school dropout rates, and suffer disproportionately from various preventable health risks and as victims of homicide.
The representation and depiction of black males in popular culture has long been governed by prevailing stereotyped attitudes about race and sexuality. Far too little is known about the range of internal values and dynamics of this group. Scientists, social scientists, theorists, historians, politicians and activists have investigated the plight of the African American male on various levels and from diverse perspectives, yet not enough has been done to represent a multi-faceted and self-determined representation of this demographic. Ultimately Black males’ greatest challenges are with themselves. The question is, “why?”
Question Bridge: Black Males opens a window onto the complex and often unspoken dialogue among African American men, creating an intimate and essentially genuine experience for viewers and subjects and providing new opportunities for understanding and healing. This project brings the full spectrum of what it means to be “black” and “male” in America to the forefront. “Blackness” ceases to be a simple, monochromatic concept.
Chris Johnson, Hank Willis Thomas, Bayeté Ross Smith and Kamal Sinclair
Question Bridge was conceived by Chris Johnson. Question Bridge: Black Males was created by Chris Johnson and Hank Willis Thomas, in collaboration with Bayeté Ross Smith and Kamal Sinclair. The Executive Producers are Delroy Lindo, Deborah Willis and Jesse Williams. The Question Bridge curriculum was designed by Kamal Sinclair in collaboration with Bayeté Ross Smith and Chris Johnson, in consultation with Jinan Sumler, Dr. Joy Angela DeGruy and Dr. Deborah Willis. The Question Bridge website concept was conceived by Kamal Sinclair. Post-Production Producer, Will Sylvester. Supervising Story Producer, Rosa White.
Question Bridge: Black Males was produced by Songha and Company. Co-Produced by Innovent and farWord Inc. Underwritten by Open Society Institute’s Campaign for Black Male Achievement and Tribeca Film Institute. Supported by Bay Area Video Coalition, Sundance Institute’s New Frontier Story Lab, UPM and DualStar Digital.