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'Carbonerdious' - New Documentary Seeks To Explore Rise In 'Black Nerd' Identity

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act May 28, 2013 at 2:06PM

'Carbonerdious' - New Documentary Seeks To Explore Rise In 'Black Nerd' Identity

The terms just isn't what it used to be - or doesn't mean what it was once collectively believed to mean. It's evolving. It's no longer *uncool* to be called a nerd. In fact, it's a label many wear very proudly, as it's redefined.

I recall seeing a sticker on a parked car here in NYC that read: "If being a nerd means that I'm not the dumbest muthaf*cker in the room, then I'll definitely be a nerd." Or something like that...

Other terms I've seen/heard include: "Nerd-chic" or "Nerd-cool"... and more.

Some have joked that President Barack Obama is the idol black nerds have longed for and needed, adding that he's the best thing for black nerds everywhere, as he's helped make it cool to be a nerd who happens to be black.

There have even been articles on the so-called new acceptance of black nerds, or "blerds" as I've heard some say, like THIS one from New York Magazine, titled Revenge Of The Black Nerd.

And so on, and so forth...

So I suppose it was only a matter of time before filmmakers hoped on and rode this wave of newfound black nerdom, we could call it.

Here's one, titled Carbonerdious, from director Tony G. Williams, which is described as follows:

CARBONERDIOUS is not only a film title, but also the definition of a newly emerging pop culture phenomenon in America… The culture of Black Nerds. This documentary film is for/about any one who has ever been called or considers themselves a: nerd, geek, spaz, dweeb, prep or hipster “and” also identifies as black. The film explores questions like: “When did it become cool to be a black nerd? What is the difference between a black nerd and the traditional stereotypes? And ultimately, what kind of world would we live in if being a black nerd ever became more popular than being a thug for young black males or vixen for young black females?”

The film is expected to debut later this year.

To stay updated on its progress, follow the project on Facebook HERE and Twitter HERE.

Here's a clip:

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