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Where Have All The Manly Men In Movies Gone?

by Sergio
April 19, 2013 10:19 PM
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Considering all the comments that Dan Simolke’s recent piece about Anthony Mackie (HERE) has gotten so far, and that S & A is all grown up now being four years old, I thought maybe I'd go back and ask the question again from one of my earliest pieces.

That question being - where have the all the manly men gone?

It started with a conversation I had once with one of my friends, and she brought to my attention an article by the African American film critic Wesley Morris, while he was writing for The Boston Globe (and who is now writing reviews for the website Grantland) about the lack of real, genuine, masculine men in movies nowadays, that are both American and under 40.

Think about it.

Practically all male movie stars that are both American and under 40 are really just over-sized boys who maybe haven’t really grown any pubic hair yet. They seem to lack a solid presence and, what I like to call, that “masculine weight”.

So my friend and I started to think about what well-known established Black American actors could fill that bill, and I’m afraid, we couldn’t.

O.K. sure Idris Elba would be the first to come to mind, and he’s 40, the cut off date. Then again, of course,  he’s a Brit not an American.

Eamonn Walker? Another Brit and he’s 50 years old. Chiwetel Ejiofor? O.K. He’s 35 but, of course, another Brit. 

C’mon there have to be some Black American actors.

Will Smith? Nah. First he’s over 40, and let’s be honest he’s never struck me, or anyone for that matter, as being a particularly “manly” man. 

Denzel? Well over 40. 

Jamie Foxx He's 45. 

Anthony Mackie? He’s young enough. He’s 33, but he’s doesn’t have that "weight" I’ve referred to. 

Don Cheadle? Over 40, and not exactly a “manly” man either. But perhaps you feel differently. 

Morgan? Too old. 

Samuel? Him too. 

Terrance Howard? Kevin Hart???? Are you kidding?

Maybe Chadwick Boseman? Possibly, but he’s in his late 30’s already, so time is running out.

(And notice I didn’t bring up Tyler Perry, but do you really have to ask why?)

It’s a shame that if we need some masculine brothers in the movies, the first inclination is to go to the U.K. because the pickings here are real slim. Must be something in the water.

People who know me know that I’ve talk about this a lot. Where are all the real masculine black men in the movies today? Where’s the 21st century Jim Brown? Whatever you might say about him (and usually it’s women who have nothing kind to say about Brown) you cannot deny that he was the definition of true, hard, black masculinity back when he made movies.

So what happened?

Who in your opinion fits the bill? And NO rappers! I said ACTORS

Someone who actually acts for a living, and not someone who does films because someone offered them a role, and still, even then, can’t show up on the set on time, knowing their lines.

Let's face it, you couldn't remake this film today... Are there enough black actors to convincingly play these roles?

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  • Julius Hollingsworth | May 6, 2013 4:48 PMReply

    I'm glad those guys were in films long ago .But they are no more or less actors than rappers today most were athletes, none of those actors went to a theater school or conservatory.Yes ,a well trained actor can do any part.But a well trained actor dose not want to.(lol)

  • Donella | April 23, 2013 4:54 PMReply

    For your consideration: Michael Jai White and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Really like Idris Elba and Eamonn Walker wears 50 very well!

  • dee | April 23, 2013 3:30 PMReply

    Face it!!! 40 is the new 30.... We live in a different time - I often thought of this too... those days are long gone.

  • hiveship99 | April 23, 2013 2:43 AMReply

    Chadwick is only 31

  • hiveship99 | April 23, 2013 2:43 AMReply

    Chadwick is only 31

  • lauren | April 22, 2013 7:04 PMReply

    Really Sergio? "Jim Brown? Whatever you might say about him (and usually it’s women who have nothing kind to say about Brown)" And that's what sucks!!! Men should equally be disgusted with his violence against women!!!!!!!!

  • artbizzy | April 22, 2013 9:51 AMReply

    The so-called manly men are where they were designed to be which is in a horrible place known as The Prison Industrial Complex. The lack of the "masculine male" is a direct result of the civil rights upheavals, the swagger, confidence and politics of the Black Panther Party. Those who want to act in Hollywood suppress anything that might get them identified with those angry, wily brothers in prison. Being a "scary black buck" will not get you them white bucks in Hollywood (unless your Suge Knight and he's not even an actor though he plays that role quite well)

  • CareyCarey | April 22, 2013 11:23 AM

    ArtBizzy!!!.. get your foot off my damn neck! I mean, your point is well-taken, but I've been a participant in that horrible place known as The Prison Industrial System. Yep, I punched my ticket at that new plantation. However, contrary to popular belief, it's not filled with those you described. Granted, THERE ARE some beast up in there... and thank God for the penitentiaries (they belong there), but in reality it's a community (like most communities) filled with all walks of life. Yep, you name it, they are there. The actor, judge, grandma & grandma, writer, home maker, airplane pilots, FBI agents, nurse, intellectual, gay man, bum, con man, preacher, doctor, lawyer and Indian chief, they're all there. And of course, your garden variety fool is there as well (just like here at S&A) so it's essentially a city behind bars.

    All that to say... "Get your foot off my neck 'cause I am not a scary black buck and I've been somewhere" *lol*

  • rhonda | April 22, 2013 9:49 AMReply

    Morris Chestnut perhaps? I think he's manly... might be over 40 though. But realistically, manly black man have never gotten much work in Hollywood, and Three the Hard Way was made during the movie industries blaxploitation heyday, so these manly men were caricatures -- not that I have a problem with that. It's all entertainment. You mentioned Idris Elba. While he's' definitely manly, he's also an awesome actor, which is way more important. Yet even so, he doesn't get much work in the US. If you’re a fan, check out Luther on Netflix.

  • CareyCarey | April 22, 2013 9:41 AMReply

    **NEWS FLASH!!!**

    " From the little I've read of Sergio's writings he's most likely cracking up at all the criticism." ~BLUTOPAZ

    WHAT!? I thought everybody knew... Sergio is the master of tongue & cheek, sarcasm and black bait. I am reminded of American Folklore: Brer Rabbit and the Tar Baby

    "Scratch out my eyeballs! Tear out my ears by the roots! Cut off my legs! Do whatnsoever you want to do with me, Brer Fox, but please, please, please! Don't throw me in that briar patch!". Brer Fox was convinced now that the worst thing he could do to Brer Rabbit was the very thing Brer Rabbit didn't want him to do. He snatched him off the Tar Baby and wound up his arm like he was trying to throw a fastball past Hank Aaron and chunked that rabbit across the road and smack dab in the middle of the briar patch. Just about the time he decided he was rid of Brer Rabbit, just about the time a big grin started to spread across his face, he heard a little giggle.

    "Tee-hee! Tee-hee!" And the giggle broke into the loudest laughing you've ever heard.

    Brer Fox looked up to see Brer Rabbit sitting on top of the hill on the other side of the briar patch.

    Brer Rabbit waved. "I was born and raised in the briar patch, Brer Fox! Born and raised in the briar patch!" And he hopped on over the hill and out of sight.

    So folks, if you're of the over sensitive persuasion, enter at your own risk 'cause this is what Sergio do. He is the Brer Rabbit of S&A. He loves getting the Brer Foxes of the world in a ball of confusion. It cracks him up *lol*

    And btw, I'd suggest reading the post reeeeaaaalllll good 'cause as I said, he has been here before--> "I thought maybe I'd go back and ask the question again from one of my earliest pieces. That question being - where have the all the manly men gone? People who know me know that I've talk about this a lot (i's was born and raised in this here briar patch). Where are all the real masculine black men in the movies today? Where's the 21st century Jim Brown? " ~ Sergio

  • Aaron | April 22, 2013 6:16 AMReply

    When it comes to imagery in film it all boils down to who has the power to control the images. We have given power to white folk who put the American black masculine man and replaced him with the over the top gay coon. We stopped controlling our own images just to get a piece of that shine that Hollywood offers. Look at black reality tv shows. When you show a group of women there will be at least one over the top gay coon acting all overly flamboyant. The masculine black man is seen as a threat that is why they try their hardest to put every black actor in a dress at some point in his career. Tyler Perry was emasculating himself before Hollywood came calling and if he never did the Madea role then they wouldn't have bothered. If his plays contained more of a masculine aspect then he would still be doing plays or straight to DVD releases only. Then with the ever complaining black feminists screaming their anti-patriarchy rants and rape culture talk we will never see another masculine black man in American film we will just have a bunch of feminized black men snapping their fingers, carrying "manbags", and doing twerk videos.

  • jk105 | April 22, 2013 5:15 PM

    Nope, the days when heterosexuals tell me to go away are over. We punch back now.

    I notice you can't answer my question: What have I written that is remotely anti-heterosexual? You can't.
    But that didn't stop you from wiping your behind and leaving your bigoted remains on this site.

  • Aaron | April 22, 2013 12:16 PM

    Thank you for proving my point by stalking this article just trolling around. Be gone, gay peasants, float away or something.

  • jk105 | April 22, 2013 11:07 AM

    Heterophobic? You are an ignorant fool. What have I written that is remotely anti-heterosexual. Me "hovering" over this article? How would you know unless you are monitoring my movements.

  • mawon | April 22, 2013 9:37 AM

    Heterophobic? Is that like reverse racism? Get the fuck out of here.

  • Aaron | April 22, 2013 9:01 AM

    i must have struck a nerve since you calling me homophobic when you must be heterophobic since you've been hovering over this article since it posted. ready to defend the buffoonery that is going on.

  • jk105 | April 22, 2013 7:24 AM

    If your homophobic rant is an example of "black masculinity," I say good riddance.

  • The Question | April 21, 2013 5:29 PMReply

    Longing for the days of the monosyllabic mandingo? Coons scrambling to defend the yearning?

  • jui | April 21, 2013 1:30 PMReply

    This is the person Sergio wants African American Men to emulate as "masculine?"

    But for all of Brown's good deeds and athletic prowess, there has been a dark side to him, too. He was frequently accused of violent crimes, primarily toward women, and though he was not found guilty, they have hurt his image.

    An 18-year-old accused Brown of forcing her to have sex after giving her whisky, but a jury found him innocent of assault and battery in the 10-day trial in 1965. He was accused of throwing a model from a balcony in 1968, but when the 22-year-old woman refused to name Brown as her assailant, the charge of assault with intent to murder was dropped.

    He was acquitted of assaulting a man after a traffic accident in 1969. He was fined $500 and spent a day in jail after beating up a golfing partner. He was charged with rape, sexual battery and assault in 1985, but the charges were dropped when the 33-year-old woman gave inconsistent testimony. The next year he was arrested for allegedly beating his fiancée after accusing her of flirting. He spent three hours in jail, but three days later the 21-year-old woman said she didn't want to prosecute.

    In 1999, Brown was convicted in Los Angeles of smashing the window of his 25-year-old wife Monique's car, but was acquitted of making terrorist threats against her. The judge sentenced him to three years' probation, stripped him of his driver's license for a year, and ordered him to attend special counseling for domestic batterers.

  • Lil Nino | April 22, 2013 5:18 PM

    Sorry CC, but I have seen his movies and he turns me off. I avoid people like him. He indeed fights the system and the man, but he also behaves arrogantly just like the man.

  • CC | April 22, 2013 1:35 PM

    Hey JUI, I didn't notice that you had returned. But check this:

    No New Year's Day to celebrate, no chocolate covered candy hearts to give away. No first of spring, no song to sing, In fact here's just another ordinary day. I just called to say I love you. I mean, the first man to die for the flag we now hold high, was a black man. The ground were we stand with the flag held in our hand was first the redman's. Guide of a ship on the first Columbus trip was a brown man. The railroads for trains came on tracking that was laid
    by the yellow man. Who was the founder of the city of Chicago in 1772? Jean Baptiste, a black man. Who was the founder of blood plasma. And the director of the Red Cross blood bank? Dr. Charles Drew, a black man. ~ Stevie Wonder, Black Man

    JUI, I am suggesting we come in all shapes and sizes, not to mention (as the song goes) superior intellectual prowess, so for the life of me, I don't understand how you came to this conclusion by reading Sergio's post--> "My point is that the so-called black masculinity he [Sergio] is pining for is morally and politically repellent. It is an offensive minstrel show"

    SERIOUSLY!? Jim Brown's movie characters were morally and politically repellent? Are you sure about that? Me think you have not seen his movies. When and if you do take the time to watch the films (so you can come back and talk about something you KNOW) you will find that his characters were fighting against the evils and oppression of his people. Remember, Sergio did not champion Jim Brown's personal life, he was only concerned with his on screen image.

    So, I know you've misconstrued Mr. Mim's post (maybe not consciously) but come on back and talk about a time called now.

    Lil Nino, Egghead Jr. was featured in the Foghorn Leghorn cartoons. He's the son of Miss Prissy, a scrawny hen that had been a spinster vying to win Foghorn Leghorn's love. Foghorn has to prove he'll be a good stepfather to Egghead Jr. in order to shack up with Miss Prissy. Foghorn and Egghead don't make a great pair because the little tyke is a million times smarter than the goofy rooster. So Lil Nino, if you profess to being an "egghead", I must be the goofy rooster who thinks he knows-it-all :-)

  • lil nino | April 21, 2013 9:14 PM

    I say you are soft on rape because you saw nothing inherently wrong in Sergio's comment dismissing Brown's violence as "women having nothing nice to say about Brown." Instead you have been gunning for anyone critical of Sergio and not those turned off by him fetishizing brutal excesses of masculinity. I say it because the masculinity Brown expressed on screen is one of menacing manhood--one who would commit violence and rape. This "egghead" never made it to college, just for your information Mr. Know it all.

  • CC | April 21, 2013 8:58 PM

    Say it don't spray? Really Lil' Nino... one thing for certain, two things for sure, no one will ever confuse you of being the master of wit.

    I say, I say, I say Lil' Egghead Jr., I mean Lil' Nino, you're becoming just like a tattoo - you are getting under my skin. But riddle me this lil' chicken, who thought he was a chicken hawk, what makes you think I have a soft position on rape and violence?

    Now you better come back with something that makes sense, or I won't reply 'cause I'm watching the Bucks vs the Miami Heat. Yeah, something much more entertaining than spanking your ass :-)

  • lil nino | April 21, 2013 6:39 PM

    CC, say it don't spray it.

    "Whatever you might say about him (and usually it's women who have nothing kind to say about Brown) you cannot deny that he was the definition of true, hard, black masculinity back when he made movies"

    Sorry, but it is not just women, but also plenty of men who find Brown's unhinged violent temper and predatory rapist qualities to be appalling. Sorry to see you are not one of us.

  • Jui | April 21, 2013 5:53 PM

    My point is that the so-called black masculinity he is pining for is morally and politically repellant. It is an offensive minstrel show that in no way defines me or many of the African American men who live decent lives in this world.

  • CC | April 21, 2013 2:51 PM

    And Humpty Dumpty fell off the wall and all the king's horses and all the king's men couldn't put Humpty back together again.

    So excuse me Miss Mess Spreader, what's your point? Listen, we've all been "somewhere" but what the hell does that have to do with Sergio's question? And see, Sergio saw some of you egghead coming: "Whatever you might say about him (and usually it's women who have nothing kind to say about Brown) you cannot deny that he was the definition of true, hard, black masculinity back when he made movies"

    So what's new pussycat, woah, woah. What's new pussycat? Woah, Woah oh-oh? ~ Tom Jones

    I mean, what's next, Creflo Dollar doesn't have the appearance of a preacher because he was accused of choking his daughter? The same can be said about Chris Brown. He doesn't have the appearance of a singer because he laid hands on Rihanna - huh? And what about the gospel singer BeBe Winans? He was accused of pushing his ex-wife, so there's no way he has one of the most recognizable voices in gospel music - right?

    Yeah, miss me with that mess.

  • TAZ | April 21, 2013 10:42 AMReply

    I, too, am not really excited about this article....for one because I see it as a subtle put down....age and looks but two, because as a female, it seems like 'masculine weight' is defined as an OG....the quintessential 70's-80's bad boy that does not do 'comedy'. However, I decided to list some actors that I think has 'masculine weight' now or enough to see that in 10 years as they grow and mature as they experience life - that weight will deepen and exude, whether they are on screen or not. I think these guys are 35 and under and I did not discriminate based on looks, size, class or genre of acting work.

    Mechad Brooks
    Pooch Hall
    Isaiah Mustafa
    Christian Keyes
    Lance Gross
    Columbus Short
    Jesse Williams
    Brandon T. Jackson
    Nate Parker
    Tyler James Williams
    Michael B. Jordan
    Denzel Whitaker
    Leslie Odom, Jr.
    Aml Ameen
    Omar Gooding
    Quinton Aaron
    Mehcad Brooks....yep I added him twice. I likey.

  • Akimbo | April 20, 2013 9:05 PMReply

    Silly piece for a number of reasons, but if you're not gonna count any rappers in your stringently defined group, you shouldn't count Jim Brown either. He was, after all, a football player first. He only started doing films because "somebody offered him a role."

  • david | April 20, 2013 7:43 PMReply

    I hope this article was meant to be comical, because this is quite possibly THEE silliest thing I've read in a while. This is damn ner despicable...I mean, have this convo with your girlfriends at home, but not in public. (I HOPE it was a girl who wrote this)

  • CC | April 20, 2013 9:00 PM

    David, why are you so threatened by this post... haven’t really grown any pubic hair yet? I mean, why is it silly? Read it again: "she brought to my attention an article about the lack of real, genuine, masculine men in movies nowadays, that are both American and under 40"

    So what, are you intimated by the fact that nobody would ever consider YOU a masculine man? I mean, the article is not asking what constitutes being a man (if that's what's bothering you) that's not the question, so what's really going on with YOU?

    I mean, if you're still confused, read further--> "Where's the 21st century Jim Brown? Whatever you might say about him you cannot deny that he was the definition of true, hard, black masculinity back when he made movies."

    Now David, you may whisper sweat nothings in your girlfriend's ear that you wouldn't say in public, but TRUE, HARD, BLACK MASCULINITY speaks for itself ( I believe he said JIM BROWN TYPES) and obviously, that must not describe you. So go call your girlfriend and cry on her shoulder, but spare us your misery.

  • Ally | April 20, 2013 2:23 PMReply

    Hellooooo!!! Dwayne Johnson is the manliest of manly black men that I know!!!! And he's under 30 and Fine as wine!!! Also, Daniel Sunjata, whose played manly on TV mostly. And why do they have to be under 40? Most men don't reach true maturity until about 36, 38.

  • lil nino | April 20, 2013 5:32 PM

    Your idea of "empowerment/strength' is nothing more than old fashioned macho minstrel show. Hollywood loves that.

  • Whatever | April 20, 2013 4:01 PM

    NO he's too bulked up = condom stuffed with walnuts spring to mind. The Hollywood machine doesn't want "manly" African men they prefer them to be effeminate. They feel threatened by African empowerment/strength.

  • urbanauteur | April 20, 2013 1:10 PMReply


  • Skeleton Man | April 20, 2013 1:07 PMReply

    Why was Michael Jai White forgotten?

  • BluTopaz | April 20, 2013 12:39 PMReply

    "Are there enough black actors to convincingly play these roles?"

    What is convincing about the performances in Three the Hard Way? Grown men in leisure suits and turtlenecks running around karate chopping groups of villains, all by themselves.

  • BluTopaz | April 22, 2013 12:29 AM

    Carey---Not sure how it's funky--people just have different opinions of what they consider "manly" and others here have quantified that. I get that guys (and some women) like to see action figures on screen. I've only seen one Michael Jai White movie and the flick was stupid as hell, but he still came across as a formidable action hero and I understand that appeal. But re: this post, ain't nobody being wrongfully persecuted. From the little I've read of Sergio's writings he's most likely cracking up at all the criticism.

    STFU--I know how to get under your skin apparently, because as usual you want to rely on the hysterical female who needs some d*** foolishness. You're simply relying on your base instincts like most criminals. You're not only a dumb pos, you're also the flies on the shit- so just concern yourself with finding out who your father was and keep it stepping. And next time use your regular screen name, cuz I've read some of the exact same ignant verbiage in other posts here from trolls. Odd you would show up in a post about how to be "manly", punk ass hiding behind screen names.

  • CareyCarey | April 21, 2013 9:24 PM

    BLUTOPAZ, they may not have used the word "wrong" but they sure employed a funky way of voicing their disapproval. So check the books 'cause I've never half-stepped in defending those who I believe are being wrongly persecuted. Let me count the ways.... Halle Berry, Tyler Perry, The Help, Django, Antoine Fuqua, The Black Church, and yes, Sergio Mims, just to name a few.

  • STFU | April 21, 2013 8:58 PM

    Bluto as usual you are speaking as if you know some shit when really you don't. You come off as a moody, psychotic witch who is angry at the world so please get help. The predictable "shut up nigger you are a thug" answers are as tired as your constant temper tantrums. Relax trick. You clearly need some sex or a therapist. I say all of the above. lol

  • BluTopaz | April 21, 2013 7:23 PM

    Carey: No one said Sergio did anything wrong and for some reason you appear extremely butthurt (more than usual) about any opposing views to this article. People have different views of what masculinity is, or what's manly and that's cool. But imo-most of the male images in blaxploitation movies were cartoonish at best; caricatures of masculinity. Many of the actors mentioned here would have the same demeanor as Jim Brown if filmed doing the exact same derring doos as these guys. I'm guessing the off screen exploits of the 3 The Hard Way actors also had a lot to do with their popularity as well.

    STFU: I know the only attention you get from real women in real life is negative, but your thug approach is no way to attract women who don't need a pump and air to satisfy your needs. You can help yourself by trying not to get arrested from just walking down the street, and leave the sweet nothings for your imaginary girlfriends and your poor dog.

  • STFU | April 21, 2013 5:36 PM

    Whatever you say Bluto. You are still a pit of depression and a nasty, angry witch of a cunt. Angry at the world. its so obvious. Get help. lol

  • CareyCarey | April 21, 2013 5:17 PM

    Blutopaz, I'm just telling like I see it. You know I will check Sergio if needed, but this time the man has done no wrong. He simply asked a question that focused on the demeanor and physical image of Jim Brown when he was acting. So lets put this one to rest.

  • BluTopaz | April 21, 2013 4:35 PM

    STFU, why are you talking about that greasy, loose hole you dropped out of--I mean your mom, like that? Tsk. I am sure she is very proud of you though; so keep on being the dumb, insecure nigger you were raised to be.

    CC--You can stop sucking up now and stop licking Sergio's boots; you weren't banned from the site so you don't need to be telling other telling other folks whose party it is.

  • CareyCarey | April 21, 2013 3:49 PM

    Eh tu Brutus. "Keep on knockin' but you can't come in, come back tomorrow night and try it again" ~ Little Richard

    Listen BLUTOPAZ, this is Sergio's party and you can cry if you want to, but....

    Regardless of how you flip it, smack it and rub it around, he defined the parameters in this post and YOU can't change it.

  • stfu | April 21, 2013 2:46 PM

    Bluto is a trip. And if a woman was doing it you would be creaming yourself you mean, lifeless cunt.

  • BluTopaz | April 21, 2013 1:53 PM

    You continue thinking negroes with afros and sideburns kung-fu'ing their way through crowds of bad guys as "manly". I call it stupid and archaic.

  • CareyCarey | April 20, 2013 11:33 PM

    Come on now, I believe you're reaching, just-a-little-bit. He did not say the FILM had to convince us it was real. He said the ACTOR should fit the ROLE.

    Could Jimmie J.J Walker convince us that he's a menacing tough guy? Not unless it's a COMEDY and he's playing the character Bootney Farnsworth. You know, you saw the movie, didn't you.. the COMEDY "Let's Do It Again"? Yep, we all laughed when he knocked out 40th Street Black.

    But how about Terrence Howard? Could we believe he could actually throw a powerful right hand or a flying back fist without being hypnotized to believe he's a tough guy? Geez...

    How about Humpty Dumpty, could he...

    I think you see my point.

  • Brother G | April 20, 2013 12:28 PMReply

    Sergio is right spot on. It is shame so many of us are so far from our Africa roots that we can no longer make what used to be common sense evaluations. The folks who created the blueprint for gender roles and male female relations were our ancient ancestors, people who modern science has proven to have been able to somehow perceive the natural order and then form extremely long lasting and mentally healthy societies around this natural order. Somehow as we have been integrated into the western world we too fall prey to the doctrine of "reality is what ever the latest social trend says it is". To all the people towing the line of Sergio's "outdated" concept of masculinity, perk up your metrosexual ears: gender roles and male female relationship traditions, when sane, are based on real, testable biological and spiritual realities, not philosophy and social constructs. Gender is not a social construct! Masculinity and manhood is the biological congealing of the expansive, active, aggressive and protective aspects of creation. There are pheromones in the semen, sweat and saliva of men that make women calm, feel protected and loved. And the more testosterone you have swirling in your bloodstream, the more "manly" you are, the your woman feels these things. This is a natural high that was put in place by the creator, making a man both protector and peace maker in his home. A series of recent studies prove that is is male dna, that comes from a woman's male child, seeping into her brain and bloodstream that boosts her immune system, giving tremendous protections against cancer, Alzheimers and a host of other female organ diseases that are crushing modern day society.
    I could go on an even longer diatribe about the spiritual aspects of manhood but it would take too long, so I will simply give a taste: the reality called "mother's intuition" is a real thing. Our ancestors were able to perceive it on a higher level and cultivated a whole protective system of matrilineality. Imagine this system as a force field expanding from mother to child to a force field covering an entire society. And get this: it masculine energy and biology that activates the force field. The manlier the men, the more help mothers get to protect the babies and society. Interested parties will find much more about this in my book series "Shades of Memnon." A very masculine book optioned by a very masculine Wesley Snipes.
    So, "As above, so below." Whatever is going on in the universe in the spiritual realm, which quantum science now proves to exist, better be going on in the material world if a society plans on staying healthy and alive. Other wise we have what we deal with today, with women doing harsh, hot, make or break jobs during child bearing years in an insane competition with men, thus searing their wombs and giving birth to children with autism and other "mystery" diseases. Aint no mystery! When you do what you feel like doing as opposed to living in harmony with the natural order, you get sick. Of course the powers that be in this western world will not tell you that because they want to sell you products after you get ill.
    We need masculine men in the media to remind us what real manhood is supposed to be. And what men are supposed to be is written in stone forever by biological and spiritual realities that will exist long after the current "isms" are dead and forgotten: men are supposed to do in society what that male dna does in a woman's body. Give strength, protection and security to both women and all of us. As black people this is something we sorely need. Bravo Sergio!

  • lil nino | April 20, 2013 5:34 PM

    It is a free country and you can act like a primitive beast all you want. Just don't blame God for your macho baby behavior.

  • whatever | April 20, 2013 4:02 PM

    Amen to that!!

  • jk105 | April 20, 2013 9:29 AMReply

    How about a man who is faithful to his wife, treats women with dignity and supports his kids? That would be a refreshing concept of manhood. Why does the ability to punch another person's face in the makings of a "manly man?"

  • MenDontAct | April 20, 2013 9:06 AMReply

    All the "manly men" you are looking for are rappers and athletes. Many of them refer to themselves as thugs, pimps, players...they don't become thespians and prance around on off -broadway stages to prove they are "real" actors. Why would you claim Jim Brown (athlete) as a "real" actor and not modern athletes and entertainers?

  • julius hollingsworth | April 20, 2013 4:45 AMReply

    How about Jeffrey Wright he can play anything.Mos Deff the same he started off as a actor before he became a rapper.Xzibit is a fine actor lets not toss him because he started off as a rapper. Michael Jai White,Malik Whitfield,Alimi Ballard,Royce Johnson ,Gilbert Glen Brown ,etc. are all actors on the rise who are talented and can be a player if.....if the part calls for it .Seems to me the writers are writing for more three dimensional character's right now.Let's not go the change you seek......get to writing and producing and take the risk for success.Sink or swim.

  • Ivory Jeff Clinton | April 20, 2013 3:34 AMReply

    This post is spot-on. I hadn't thought about the issue it raises and didn't know about Wesley Morris's article until checking out this page. Michael B. Jordan, who is 26, is an actor I think is well on his way to filling the void. ...

  • shame_for_s&a | April 20, 2013 2:48 AMReply

    This is the most shameful article..."Manly men." Seriously....Is SERGIO from the 70s....What are these conservative gender constructs you are trying to put on men. What? You want someone to grab their balls during the opening credits! Please send this writer's resume to FOX.

  • jk105 | April 20, 2013 5:35 PM

    Troll can't take the truth?

  • urbanauteur | April 20, 2013 1:26 PM

    Spam him SERGIO..!?

  • Jk105 | April 20, 2013 1:21 PM

    In one word:bigot

  • urbanauteur | April 20, 2013 12:58 PM

    In 2 words or less: Hollywood Hermaphrodites!!!..

  • jk105 | April 20, 2013 9:46 AM

    Actually people with "a pair" are the ones who have the courage to speak out against your infantile sense of manhood. Like you, Shame on you. We don't have to grab our pair to know they are there.

  • Shame_on_You | April 20, 2013 4:10 AM

    No, Sergio is from the 50s & 60s when men were men, not little he-she's wearing extensions... like shame on you. At least Sergio admits to having a pair, yours is now in question.

  • CareyCarey | April 19, 2013 11:51 PMReply

    I GOT IT! I've found the perfect manly man, Derek Luke! O.K. surely I jest but this is a tuff question. I mean, I could say all the manly men grabbed their hats when the NAACP came to town. I'm serious, I'm with you Sergio, back in the days of Black Belt Jones, Three The Hard Way and Black Samson, black men were kickin' a whole lotta ass. But then, in walked the political snobs who confuse art with reality. Things would have been fine and dandy if they left real-enough alone and gave their stamp of approval. But noooooooo, they huddled in their negro sap camps, only to bring out the stamp of BLAXPLOITATION. OH LORD, lions, tigers and bears, the boogie man gonna get us.

    But again, I had to think long and hard to come up with next Buck and The Preacher Man. I rattled my brain and Blair Underwood fell out. Wait a minute now, there's nothing wrong with pretty-boy-tough-types. However, my lady pointed out that his characters only beat on woman. I said "WHAT?!". Well, I didn't know in both films, Asunder and Madea's Family Reunion, he didn't have no problem slapping women, so I dropped his name.

    "And NO rappers!"

    Okay, I got that, but what about the toughest of tough guys, Mike Tyson? Come on now, he's an actor and he has kicked plenty of ass. Opps, he's 79 ain't he? Well, I know he's one year older than my next pick, Michael Jai White. Certainly we can bend the rules for that guy? Come on now, I saw him destroy folks in Blood and Bone... he was no joke. But Sergio, I believe you've stomped me. It seems all the manly men have gone bye-bye. So I guess I can sing It Looks Like Another Love TKO.

  • CareyCarey | April 20, 2013 12:21 AM

    But I do have one that has done a little acting. He does have a manly physique and I believe he's the manly man type. That be our long time reader, Adam Scott Thompson. He played the character Booker T. Washington ( a sorta tough guy who fought against racism) and Adam is under the age of 40. :-)

  • ALM | April 19, 2013 11:15 PMReply


    1. I thought Chadwick was 31?! Are you sure about his age?

    2. "....the definition of true, hard, black masculinity back when he made movies".

    That's the real issue here. What is your definition of masculinity? You didn't truly outline the definition in the article, and everyone on this site may have a different definition of masculinity.

    3. Maybe what you are truly reaching for is a level of maturity and swagger that develops over time as opposed to masculinity, which is why almost all of your choices are age 40 or above.

    4. My list of American actors under 40 that initially come to mind are: Chadwick (of course), Omar Epps (39), Laz Alonso (39), Michael Ealy (39), and Omari Hardwick (39).

    Lamman Rucker, Bookeem Woodbine, Chris Tucker and Jason George are just past 40. I'm sure that there are a few more gentlemen who I will think of later. Once again, this entire post is based upon one's individual definition of masculinity.

  • Jerel | April 19, 2013 10:52 PMReply

    I suggest rework your outdated definition of masculinity.

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  • JMac | April 19, 2013 10:39 PMReply

    I'd say The Rock but he doesn't have the right film presence (got the right body) and he just hit 40. All I can come up with. I think the average American man felt emasculated by the real men so Hollywood started hiring these average looking, never exercised a day in his life, below average to average intellect nobodies today's male feels more connected with. Or else if they are the opposite of the above you're not really scared of them. Big loveable hunks of meat.

  • DJP | April 19, 2013 10:37 PMReply

    I'm sorry. Why not Tyler Perry?

  • Miles Ellison | April 20, 2013 3:21 PM

    If you saw Alex Cross, you have your answer. He's more manly in a dress.

  • Los | April 20, 2013 9:51 AM

    ^ LMAO

  • Adam Scott Thompson | April 19, 2013 11:40 PM

    The subject is men.

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