The New Stereotype: The ReclaimIt will be interesting
to hear your take on this.

A new web series on Vimeo has been launched this month called
“The New Stereotype: The Reclaim” which aims to change the perception of black
men in the media.

Conceived by
Harlem based Marquelle Turner-Gilchrist, who is an assistant buyer for a luxury
fashion company, he says that he came up with the idea for the series to “show
the diversity and strength of black males”.

He then
reached out to friends and others willing participants through social media to be
a part of the project, and created it to
be all inclusive, taking into account skin tones, fashion styles, careers and backgrounds
from all over the world, such as Ghana, the Virgin Islands, North Carolina,
Brooklyn, New Jersey, and Georgia.

The result is
basically a fashion show for young, successful, upwardly mobile brothers (or
“dandies” as I call them) who are eager to show a different image from the
sagging pants and gold teeth that the media offers too often..

But if the
idea of the series is to break away from the usual stereotypes of black men, then why use the word “stereotypes" in the title of his series? Well Mr. Turner-Gilchrist
has an answer for that: “In order to
truly create a ‘stereotype’ there must be frequency and consistency… For now,
the idea is to continue to spread the imagery and message and investigate ways
to elevate the project.”

Below is the
first episode with a second one soon to make its premiere.

Tell us what you think: