“Shape Up- Gay in the Black Barbershop”

A film by Derrick Middleton

Shape Up: Gay in the Black Barbershop is a documentary short set in Harlem, NYC. This film sheds light on the vital role barbershops play within the black community while examining the often complicated relationship that black gay men have with these spaces.”


From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins-Jones

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I'm a Social Justice Educator and Aspiring Humanitarian who is interested in conflict resolution, improving intergroup relations, and building more equitable and inclusive communities. "Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian" is my blog, where I write about issues of diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice. By exploring social identities through written word, film & video, and other forms of media, I hope to continue to expand and enrich conversations about social issues that face our society, and to find ways to take social action while encouraging others to do so as well in their own ways.

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  1. msw blog says:

    This video was very enlightening and inspiring. I can’t even imagine the fear and strength it took these men to come out to their barbers, because as someone mentioned during the documentary, “They see them as their surrogate fathers…” I would have liked to have seen older men give their insight, as gay males have been around for generations. I also appreciated the view from the female barber prospective. Regarding this film and its demographics, you and your readers may enjoy my review on Karamo Brown’s memoir- appropriately titled “Karamo: My Story of Embracing Purpose, Healing, and Hope”. It was a good read.

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