BrotherSpeak Tackles Black Men’s Views on Love

by Stacia L. Brown

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The Washington Post’s new short film series, BrotherSpeak, debuted its latest offering today, a six-minute documentary in which an all-black cast of men discuss their views on love. Participants include Rev. Frank Reid, Rev. Tony Lee, journalist Jonathan Capehart, and rapper Asheru.

The segment, produced by theologian and Urban Cusp founder Rahiel Tesfamariam, tackles a wide range of perspectives on familial love, self-love, homosexuality, infidelity, and marital love. Each participant offers a candid, honest insight into his personal experience. Take a look:

It’s wonderful to see black men’s experiences being tapped for mainstream exploration and discussion, particularly as they relate to a topic as intimate as love. Emotional and psychological discourse are just as important as political discourse — especially in regards to black men, who are most often tapped for the latter.

BrotherSpeak is a three-part series, in cooperation with the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education. Its other topics will be fear (which can be seen here) and dreams.

Watch the short and tell us what you think!

  • Stanley

    Black men talking. How funny!

  • Nai

    I truly loved this. So refreshing and truthful.

  • elle

    I consider myself a feminist, and this is what I stand for. If patriarchy was dead, men could have honest conversations like this more often. You may not agree with everything they said, but you have to respect it.

  • http://Clutch SL

    Amazing, encouraging, insightful…this is what is needed. Honesty. Clearness. Humbleness. Strength and Leadership. This is what’s going to save our community. Thank you.

  • http://gravatar.com/deechagirl mypointiz…

    less talk and more action, please…

  • jbmuskrat

    My mentor would joke, want to clear a room of men? Have a brotha start to talk about his feelings. Much needed piece. Many of our young men (and women) suffer due to lack of ANY attention at home. Many of those homes have no men present. I pray we step up our commitment to our children and our families. More action is needed from us.

  • jbmuskrat

    My mentor would joke, want to clear a room of men? Have a man start to talk about his feelings. A much needed piece. Many of our young men (and women) suffer due to lack of ANY attention at home. Many of those homes have no men present. I pray we men step up our commitment to our children and our families. More action is needed from us.

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