Much has been said, written, and discussed about black women the past few years. From how our education levels affect our marriage prospects to whether or not our hair plays into our fitness routines, black women have been at the center of the media’s attention.

In the midst of this focus, many black women and their allies have pushed back against the negative messages and have begun to craft their own stories. From Issa Rae and her groundbreaking show Awkward Black Girl to Shonda Rhimes and her hit ABC drama Scandal, black women are flipping the script and taking control of our images.

A new documentary, by acclaimed filmmaker D. Channsin Berry aims to further the conversation about what it means to be a black woman in America.

In his new film, The Black Line: A Profile of the African-American Woman, Berry interviewed nearly 70 black women from different age groups and regions to get their perspective on everything from sex and health to education and religion.

Berry, one of the forces behind the critically acclaimed documentary Dark Girls said he wanted to make this film because of his love of his people.

“I just happen to be a man who cares about our people in such a way that I can tell a story without my Black manhood getting in the way of listening to African American women as they tell their stories,” Berry said.

The film, which will debut early next year, will surely make the film festival circuit, so be sure to catch it when it hits your town.

Check out the new trailer for The Black Line: A Profile of the African-American Woman.

  • Tallulah Belle

    Oh, it looks really great! Cannot wait to see it!

  • The Other Jess

    I get sick of Black men pretending to speak for Black women, and pretending to be separate form Black women, making Black women something “other”.Chris Rock’s “Good Hair”, the “Dark Girls” documentary and others eed to stop. they always get it wrong – it’s like white people making movies about Black people.

  • AM

    haha!! You stay being controversial. But I get what you are saying.

  • CeeCee


    Are there no black women that produce films?

  • Mademoiselle

    I wish I could be positive about this, but…

    So, the naked lady as the film’s cover photo serves what purpose? On the one hand this producer is telling us he’s trying to present an alternative view of black women, but on the other, he’s using a black woman’s body to sell what he’s doing. To be honest, I’m kind of tired of just about all anthropological conversations about black women, especially when a sample size of 70 is being used to profile a population of 20 million women. This man could probe these 70 women down to their every subpartical, and all he’d be able to tell us about are THOSE 70 women.

    Profile of the African American woman… ppffft!

  • Shanese (@ShaneseCaton)

    I agree 100%. Reminds me of the Tyler Perry films. He swears he knows everything about what it is to be a black woman in America. Please get your life sir!

  • Kristi

    Nobody is ever going to be able to peg any one race/gender exactly you guys….we have to realize that ours is a perspective that never gets told. Ever. So when it comes to documentaries like this one, I’m glad SOMEONE did it, male female or otherwise. I don’t think we should be getting bent out of shape b/c of a sample size or the fact that the filmaker is male. If you don’t like it, study film making and produce your own. I don’t think this man is criticizing us or making us look bad (frankly, I live Chris Rock but Good Hair did make us look quite awful), he is just getting the stories of a few black women and showing those that know nothing about us how different we actually are. Believe it or not, the is a lot of variance among 70 Black women.

    On another note, does anyone know where I can rent or purchase Dark Girls? I missed it in the theaters (or it didn’t come to my town at all).

  • apple

    wit the naked woman on the cover i thought this would be about weight gain in the black community (the black *line*)

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