Tim Alexander’s Diary Of A Tired Black Man is described as a film that explores the “complex” nature of black female and male relationships. This is at least what it says on the Amazon.com description page:
A fascinating story about the complex relationships between Black Men and Black Women.
I examined the film myself and I kept asking a single question — Why is it that in 2009 the films that keep coming out of the black community still delve into the belly lint of our culture? Forgive me, I realize there are people who still find the black men/black women relationships issue to be important, but this culture as well as others have more pressing issues at hand to discuss.
People are losing jobs, losing hope and are dying spiritually as a result of it. It’s time for a Spike Lee to step up to the plate to put a lens to that.
Not the Spike Lee of Do The Right Thing and Malcolm X, but the Spike Lee of Inside Man, Miracle At St. Anna’s and When The Levees Broke.
The film that I feel expresses the universality black filmmakers should explore in Spike Lee’s collection is When The Levees Broke.
Seeing faces that weren’t black was a refreshing feeling for me. Growing up black you are lead to believe that the issues of your community are not the same. In some instances this is true. The Hurricane Katrina incident however is not one of those instances.
Because New Orleans, like Chicago where I live, is a mixture of different cultures and backgrounds, it only made sense for Spike Lee to cover as much as he could and with a wider perspective than one straight from the black community. Mother nature, as the documentary showcased, doesn’t discriminate against anyone.
This is the kind of film that Black Hollywood needs — not another Diary Of A Tired Black Man.
Everyone, no matter the culture, has a story to tell and a struggle to get through. The inclusion of that fact would not only bridge the gap between blacks and other races when it comes to what we watch, but it would mean greater success within the independent and mainstream areas of Hollywood.