The Black Man Monologue(Written and Captured for the Michigan Chronicle)
Published in the Michigan Chronicle-Digital Copy Found: https://issuu.com/michronicle/docs/mc_digital_3-23-16/12
Young African-American males have lower rates of college preparedness, test scores, graduation rates, and literacy rates than their counterparts among other racial and ethnic demographics. On the night of Feb.19 at Wayne State University “The Black Man” Monologue was presented. The Black Man Monologue is an interactive play written by Je’ McClain a (Denby High School alum), exploring and displaying the many different stereotypes of African American men. With a predominantly Black cast and 4 female cast members. The play consisted of different scenarios provided that exhibited the different stereotypes such as “The School Nerd”, “The Married Man”, “The brother who just got out”, “The raped child”, and many more.
Throughout the play the male actor would say “I am the voice of the stereotype.” In each scene, the male actor pleaded his case to the audience of why things were this way, making relatable to all. These all were powerful moments in being faced with the actuality and prominence these given “titles” holds today. This was evident through the crowd’s response and applause. There was laughter, sometimes silence, and other times applause.This was a night that marked history addresing the historical scars of black men in the African American community empowering them against and to end the negative cycles of today.
Standing boldly with their fists raised high in the air written on there shirts were names such as Trayvon Martin , Mike Brown, Eric Gardner, and many more . In rememberance of these men the scale of this event has since reached out to college and high school students, faculty, and many families. Honoring Black History “The Black Man Monologue” paid tribute to all the black men killed due to police brutality.