“The Vanishing Black Male” is a documentary comprised of a series of interviews based on the fact that the ratio of black females to black males has been steadily increasing in African-American communities across the country. Director Hisani DuBose decided to pose the question of whether black males are becoming extinct to a variety of experts and ordinary people from all walks of life to see whether they’ve noticed the trend and what they make of it.
Among those interviewed by Melvin Jackson, Jr. (HBO’’s “The Wire”) are a politician, a psychiatrist, a social worker, a pastor, firefighters, educators, and students. Sgt. Delacy D. Davis of the Black Police Officers Against Brutality discusses the negative effects of advertising, the breakdown of the black family, and his organization’s efforts to support single moms and their kids effectively. Dr. Duane Dyson, Executive Director of The Violence Prevention Institute, stresses the importance of elementary education while indicating the suicidal nature of the ghetto gangsta’ mentality. As a physician in an inner-city hospital, Dyson has witnessed, first hand, gunshot victims on a daily basis.
Director DuBose points out that guns, the street, failing schools, drugs, the criminal justice system, absentee fathers, suicide, unemployment and several other factors contribute to the the phenomenon of black male extinction. Though the problem appears overwhelming, the film emphasizes the efforts of dedicated individuals and organizations to combat it.
There are no bonus materials on the unrated DVD release.