29 Apr '12, 8pm

Dot Earth Blog: Worth Watching: 'African Men, Hollywood Stereotypes': A short video pushes back against popular

Thanks to a Facebook post by Cameron Sinclair, the executive director of Architecture for Humanity and co-editor of “Design Like You Give a Damn,” I found this fine effort to get beyond the Hollywood vision of the African man: I encourage you to watch and share the short clip, created by the nonprofit group Mama Hope . There’s quite a contrast between the movie imagery and the identities of the young men featured in the video. The tendency to focus on the grim side of any issue, or group, goes far beyond the movies, of course. In 2009, when I posted on the billion-teenager “youth bulge,” I first chose a photo of African child soldiers, then switched (publicly) to a photo of African school girls when some readers complained. Of course, there’s a fine line here, as one reader noted, complaining about the schoolgirl photo . The bottom line, for me, is that there is a great op...

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