The Black Mothers’ Burden and Blessing: Protecting Their Sons

My audio documentary consists of interviews of three women, all mothers of young black boys, who have had to sit their sons down and give them “the talk.” In the black community “the talk” isn’t about the birds and the bees but rather about interacting with the police without getting harmed. This documentary gives context to why black mothers feel having that talk is necessary and what goes through mother’s minds when they talk to their boys about police interaction.

I interviewed Ebony Jackson, the director of the Women’s Center at York, the mother of a 10 year old boy. Ebony was featured in a mini documentary featured in NY Times Op-Docs, titled Conversations With My Black Son. So, I reached out to the producer of the documentary Geeta Ganbhir, an Indian American woman, married to an African American man, who is the mother of two young boys. My third interview is my neighbor Carolyn Allen, a mother of three boys and one girl. Her eldest boy, 28, is currently incarcerated and she worries for the 20 year old. Her youngest son, 18, the only one she doesn’t worry for, is about to graduate high school and go to college.


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