There’s no doubt about it: Hollywood often traffics in stereotypes, and sometimes even the attempt to call them out falls on deaf ears or is met with skepticism, finger-pointing, and a lack of action. However, a video inspired by fundraising efforts for the community-building organization Mama Hope hits the nail on the head when it comes to calling out the negative depiction of African men in film, and has already helped improve the lives of fellow Africans by raising money to aid schools and healthcare on the continent. From the video description:
After viewing Mama Hope’s video, “Alex Presents Commando,” Gabriel, Benard, Brian and Derrik (the Kenyan men in this video) told us they wanted to make one that pokes fun at the way African men are portrayed in Hollywood films. They said, “If people believed only what they saw in movies, they would think we are all warlords who love violence.” They, like Mama Hope, are tired of the over-sensationalized, one-dimensional depictions of African men and the white savior messaging that permeates our media. They wanted to tell their own stories instead, so we handed them the mic and they made this video.