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Reel Sisters and Kumble Theater Host Brooklyn Premiere of Afraid of Dark


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LIU Brooklyn Afraid of the Dark Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series and Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts at LIU Brooklyn will host the Brooklyn Premiere for Afraid of Dark, directed by Mya B. on June 13. The film explores the history of two of the most prevalent stereotypes which have caused societal fear of black men, the “Mandingo” and the “Brute.”  

With a breakdown of scientific racism, the director examines how black men have been affected by those particular stereotypes throughout history and how the subconscious belief has contributed to violence and the incarceration of black men at disturbing rates. The film offers personal insights from such scholars, historians, and entertainers as Dr. Cornel West, Khalid Muhammad, and Malik Yoba.

“Reel Sisters is proud to premiere Mya B.’s Afraid of Dark. Mya is a single mother dedicated to the craft of filmmaking and her documentary addresses the issues facing every black mom in America –Will her son be safe in today’s society or will he become the next Trayvon Martin?” said Carolyn A. Butts ’88, founder of African Voices magazine and co-founder of Reel Sisters. “Afraid of Dark gives us a chance to dispel the negative stereotypes about African American men that exist in the American psyche, so our sons, nephews, and brothers can safely walk the streets and be seen as human beings rather than targets.”

Filmmaker Mya B. will be joined by NYC Councilman Jumaane Williams; Daniel Simmons Jr. ’85, H ’12–artist, philanthropist, and member of the LIU Board of Trustees; and others for a post screening discussion. In addition, renowned pianist Marc Cary, whose music is featured in the film, will make a special guest appearance and perform a song at the premiere.

Afraid of Dark will show at 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.).Tickets may be purchased through Reel Sisters at (seating is limited). 

Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts at LIU Brooklyn is a dynamic, state-of-the art performance venue serving one of the most diverse campuses and communities in the country.
The theater is located at 1 University Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11201 (on Flatbush Avenue, between DeKalb Avenue and Willoughby Street).  For more information, call 718-488-1624 or visit

Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series, founded by African Voices magazine and LIU Brooklyn, is the first Brooklyn-based festival devoted to supporting films produced, directed, and written by women of color. Since 1997, the festival has enriched the city with more than 400 films by women of African, Caribbean, Latino, Asian, Indian, and Native American descent. Reel Sisters attracts film lovers from across the globe inspiring uniquely dynamic and informative discourse. Reel Sisters also provides resource workshops for emerging women filmmakers. This year’s festival will be held on Oct. 25 and 26 at LIU Brooklyn.

Posted 05/20/2014

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