Black men are a threat. Black men are dangerous. Black men don't cry. Black men don't value Black women. All of these and more are long-standing stereotypes that are shuffled through the newspaper, TV and the internet. OWN's newest series titled Profiled: The Black Man premieres on February 12 and aims to show the difficulties Black men have faced, both in the past and present day, while also highlighting and celebrating the triumphs and resilience of countless extraordinary men.
Tristan "Mack" Wilds will host the four-part docuseries, which will provide a mixture of historical footage, real-life testimonies and commentary from an array of renowned thought leaders. Tina Knowles-Lawson and Trell Thomas, executive producers on the project, will provide commentary as well as other leaders like civil rights activist DeRay Mckesson, activist Tamika Mallory, hip-hop culture icon Sway Calloway, the Grammy, Emmy and Tony award-winning Billy Porter and more.
When asked about what inspired Trell to have this discussion about stereotypes of Black men, he shares, "There is nothing out there that exists like this."