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I Am A Man

Black Masculinity in America

I Am A Man

Duration: 60 min
ISBN: 1-932869-10-7
Date Produced: 1998
Subtitles: English

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I Am A Man
Black Masculinity in America

Award-winning filmmaker Byron Hurt explores what it means to be a black man in America. Traveling to more than fifteen cities and towns across the country, Hurt gathers reflections on black masculinity from men and women of a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds and a host of leading scholars and cultural critics. What results is an engaging and honest dialogue about race, gender, and identity in America. Features bell hooks, Michael Eric Dyson, John Henrick Clarke, Kevin Powell, Andrew Young, Dr. Alvin Poussaint, MC Hammer, Jackson Katz, and many others.

Sections: Introduction | Images | The Cool Pose | Emotions | Black Male Homosexuality | Black Males: Violence and Fears | Sexism: Men's Violence Against Women | Fathers | The Future

Filmmaker Info

Director: Byron Hurt
Producers & Writers: Byron Hurt, Andrew P. Jones
Off-Line Editors: Andrew P. Jones, Donald Hastie
On-Line Editors: Lionel Jardine, Donald Hastie
Videography: Byron Hurt, Andrew P. Jones
Additional Videography: Bill Desjardins
Original Music by: Michael Gaskins, Andrew P. Jones

Filmmaker's Bio

BYRON HURT | Director
Central Islip, NY native Byron Hurt is a filmmaker, gender violence prevention worker, and former star college quarterback. He has a diverse background in the media, with work experience in broadcast television, print, public relations, and long-form documentary. He was a production assistant for Stanley Nelson's American Experience PBS documentary, Marcus Garvey: Look For Me in the Whirlwind and is the producer of the "underground classic" award-winning documentary film, I Am A Man: Black Masculinity in America. Hurt is also the associate director of Mentors in Violence Prevention-Marine Corps (MVP-MC), the first system-wide gender violence prevention program in the history of the United States military. Hurt has lectured and facilitated workshops at colleges and universities nationwide including the University of Kentucky, Southern Oregon University, Washington State University, UMass-Amherst, St. John's University, Loyola Marymount-Los Angeles, University of North Carolina, and the University of Nebraska. Visit his website at


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"I Am A Man: a powerful film about black manhood and violence in America. The value of this documentary rests not only in the questions posed, but extends to the discussions that could be generated in our homes; on the street; in the churches, mosques, and synagogues; community centers; cultural events; and intimate discussions on viewing it. Its instructive strength from a domestic violence perspective rests with its initial emphasis on the black man's experience and its crescendo into a challenge for the future. Let us think creatively as we seek to instruct and help, not only the next generation, but ourselves as we define and redefine what it truly means to be a black man in America. This, more so than any other reason is why I recommend this video."
- Derrick M. Gordon, Ph.D. | Director of the Program on Male Development at Yale University School of Medicine

"This film, consisting mainly of interviews of ordinary black men and women as well as celebrities and scholars explores the challenge of being a black man in contemporary American society... Suitable for college courses in cultural anthropology, anthropology of gender, anthropology of race, and American studies, as well as general audiences."
- Jack David Eller | Anthropology Review Database

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