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Representation of Black men I would like to see

I know Shonda Rhymes get a lot of flack, especially with Scandal but her portrayal of Black men have been dignifying and relates more so to my reality. Some of the movies/tv shows Black people (not all of course) have enjoyed have been the most saturated with tired notions of Black men/people. We have plenty of movies of Black men being buffoons or crackheads like in “Friday” and “Don’t Be A Menace“.  

Don’t get me wrong; I’m all about laughing at oneself and ridiculous stereotypes or the attempt of trying to make people insecure about things they shouldn’t feel insecure about. That being said Black people are way more diverse than that and these jokes are getting old, which brings me back to Shonda. 

All of the Black male characters in Shonda’s shows have been dignified, intelligent and some based on historical figures. Black men for example have played a critical role in pioneering heart surgery and more pertaining to our cardiovascular system/health.

Who was Isiah’s character based off of?

Possibly Vivian Green, or Daniel Hale Williams, and I’ll add in Otis Boykin, so you can look him up as well. Three distinguished Black men, who pioneered heart surgery.

What about James Picken Jr’s character?

Based on Dr. Benjamin Carson, now his political beliefs are off, but his medical work in neurosurgery was pioneering.  

In reality every portrayal of Shonda’s Black male characters have been dignifying. 

Even on Scandal, Edison was right and Olivia was so, so wrong. He was a good man who cared for her and didn’t treat her like crap unlike someone else, so why the hate on Shonda?

My final point is, I enjoy and want to see more movies like The Great Debtors or  even well thought out villains like Denzel’s character in Training Day

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