When did you become a black man?

When did you become a black man? is the opening question of Philadelphia-based artist Shikeith’s 45-minute documentary, #blackmendream.  The documentary is comprised of interviews with nine black men, all turned away from the camera and many of them unclothed. It is intimate, sometimes uncomfortably so, exploring topics that are often taboo for young black men to discuss—being gay, crying, depression, the in-group pressures of black society. . This is quite illuminating. Although I felt a tad uncomfortable as a straight male looking at some of these brothers without clothes, the sheer power of their honesty & expression quickly overcame my discomfort.

To see more of Shikeith’s work, you can visit his website. His most recent project is an art book called “Somewhere over the _” that is currently available for purchase.



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