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By Victor Trammell In 2006, The Washington Post compiled a documentary film project that analyzed the lives of African American men called, “Being a Black Man.” The film was made over a period of several months. It consisted of interviews, exclusive video, and personal stories that revolved around the often complex experiences that come with being an American black man. Recently, The Post teamed up with The Maynard Institute for Journalism Education to begin a similar project called “BrotherSpeak.” This new project will be a three-part video series that will once again profile the lives of African American men. The three themes of the video series are fear, dreams, and love. Each video focuses on one of the three themes. “BrotherSpeak” will feature interviews with a nationally renowned educator, an NBA star, and an actor who stars in an award-winning television series. Topics such as the complex images of black men will be discussed as well. Even with America re-electing its first black president, many issues surrounding the black man’s image in America remain. The first theme discussed in “BrotherSpeak” is fear. To watch a full-length trailer of this in-depth documentary series, click on the following link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/therootdc/brotherspeak-exploring-the-lives-of-black-men/2012/12/20/e5366d06-4a33-11e2-820e-17eefac2f939_story.html

BrotherSpeak: Black Men Reveal Their Fears, Dreams and Talk About Love

Fear & DreamsBy Victor Trammell
In 2006, The Washington Post compiled a documentary film project that analyzed the lives of African American men called, “Being a Black Man.” The film was made over a period of several months. It consisted of interviews, exclusive video, and personal stories that revolved around the often complex experiences that come with being an American black man.

Recently, The Post teamed up with The Maynard Institute for Journalism Education to begin a similar project called “BrotherSpeak.” This new project will be a three-part video series that will once again profile the lives of African American men. The three themes of the video series are fear, dreams, and love. Each video focuses on one of the three themes.

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  1. One of the fears I have is being accepted for who I really am. Trying to find a balance between the street brother and the business. I work from documents and follow plans, I also believe the Bible when it comes to order in a relationships. My dream is to setup a business that I can walk away from that brings a steady flow of income, but in order for me to build it I must have the final say, this has been a problem in relationships. The belief of a captain and co-captain philosophy many times turnes into me being a controller which I am, along with that belief both positions must be interchangable. The women in my life are strong and want much more control of the situation and so we don't agree on direction. As far as love goes lust has been the starting point and the problem on my part. The advice I give and follow now is…Wait for God to deliver, I have not choosen well personally. Waiting is hard.I have not given up hope at 57, in the men time my blueprints lead the way.

  2. This sounds good and everything, but I feel like they should interview the average every day brother. The average every day black man will speak the truth! Average day brothers are the only ones that know and can talk about the fears black men have.

    • Well the brothers being interviewed might know too, but their fear will be different from the average every day brothers.

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