|White Scripts and Black Supermen cover art by John Jennings.|
White Scripts and Black Supermen is directed by Jonathan Gayles, PhD, an Associate Professor of African American Studies and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Learning at Georgia State University in Atlanta. In his own research, he became familiar with how much scholarship was already being developed, and saw that not only was there a thriving community of scholars that were critiquing these representations of black masculinity, but some of these men were actually creating new heroes of their own. Gayles' exhaustive list of interviewees included college professors, underground creators like Dawud Anyibwile (Brotherman) as well as mainstream comicbook creators like the late Dwayne McDuffie and Tony Isabella (co-creator of Black Lightning, Black Goliath and Misty Knight).
So I really enjoyed this documentary. Even though I'm very familiar with most of the characters discussed, I actually learned a lot watching it. It's the kind of conversation-starter that helps us keep a healthy dialogue going about history. As I've said before, this movie needed to get made. The only complaint I have about White Scripts and Black Supermen is that it could have been longer, which I suppose is not a complaint at all. You can purchase a copy of White Scripts and Black Supermen on DVD to watch at home for $24.95 at BlackSupermen.com. Because it's such an important documentary, you should encourage your public libraries, university or other group to purchase a copy or license and do screenings. You know, to help get more conversations started!