“We’re talking to you, shirtless Matthew McConaughey.”

Via Waylon Lewis
on Apr 25, 2012
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“I am an African Man.”

African Men. Hollywood Stereotypes. 

Wouldn’t it be better if African men weren’t always depicted as warlords or victims? http://www.stayclassy.org/events/build-future-50k-50-days/e16054
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.Learn more at: http://www.mamahope.orgWritten by Benard, Brian, Derrick, Gabriel and the Mama Hope Team
Directed and Edited by Joe Sabia
Executive Produced and Shot by Bryce Yukio Adolphson
Produced by Nyla Rodgers
Motion Graphics by Jason Chandra
Sound by Equal Sonics
Original Music by Michael Thurber
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About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat.” Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword’s Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by “Greatist”, Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: “the mindful life” beyond the choir & to all those who didn’t know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


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