Black Boys Synopsis
Black Boys: What No One is Talking About. I am simply blown away by the vision of this art work and the trailer. When I saw this image arrive in my email I found so much JOY in looking at this young child’s face. To know that the world will hate him because of the color of his skin many moons after the civil rights movements of the 60’s is devastating. My hope is that you too will see the humanity in his face and allow him to grow and prosper without casting judgement upon him. Furthermore, my prayer is that world begins to see the failure in the ideology of the American Dream. We are living a nightmare and the world needs to take note. Black men and boys are fascinating, brilliant and splendid. Be open and aware and get out to support this work of art by director, Sonia Lowman. Black Boys: A film for this historic moment, in a nation still struggling to rectify its racist legacy, BLACK BOYS illuminates and celebrates the full humanity of Black men and boys in America. It is a love story exploring the body, mind, voice, and heart through intimate, intergenerational conversations and stories.
At the intersection of education, criminal justice and sports, BLACK BOYS reveals the emotional landscape of racism—of how it feels to walk through the world seen as something to be feared. Filmmaker Sonia Lowman (Teach Us All) follows Greg Scruggs, a two-time Super Bowl champion and young father who recently returned to his hometown of Cincinnati to impress upon young Black athletes the importance of education first, as well as Sharif del Mekki, a principal at a nearly all Black charter school in West Philadelphia, and a group of young activists fighting for criminal justice reform in Chicago.
Also lending their stories and insights are important activists in their respective fields: Super Bowl Champion Malcolm Jenkins, who also serves as executive producer on the project; rapper Vic Mensa, NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony, NFL Hall of Fame inductee Cris Carter, Super Bowl champion Chris Long, award-winning sports journalist Jemele Hill Key, acclaimed activist and academic Dr. Harry Edwards, and former U.S. Secretary of Education Dr. John King.
Deeply moving and profoundly beautiful, BLACK BOYS serves as a rare glimpse into the emotional landscape of Black men and boys, illuminating their full humanity, vulnerability and resilience.