The list of black men who publicly disrespect and abuse black women’s image in the media is long and exhausting, so it’s refreshing, when we see black men like Broderick Hunter making an effort to understand the plight of black women and attempting to speak up and stand up for us. Broderick Hunter, is one such man who has a history of uplifting and encouraging black women and more specifically, dark-skinned black women.
In an interview with Mame’ Damey from Mame Says he talked about black women in television, Broderick said, “I would like to see more black women in lead roles. I really want to see more black women behind the scenes as well from producers, stunt women, chefs, costume, editing etc. There’s many ways black women can be represented not just being on set, there’s also hair and nail techs. To this day majority hair and nail techs on set when I’m working are white and I would like to see more people of color being represented.”
When asked about the presence of colorism in Hollywood, Broderick wasn’t afraid to admit that he too had been a “victim” of the systemic colorism in the industry and that it had an influence on certain opportunities that were available. One encouraging piece of advice he gave, however, was for black people to not allow the presence of colorism and racism stop us from striving for and reaching their dreams.
Mame’ Damey also had a chance to ask him what he thought black men could do to advocate for black women, and his answer was very reminiscent of what made us love Broderick Hunter in the first place. He replied, “I think black men need to start showing up and respecting black women. Black men still don’t know the true value of black women in their life and I’ve mentioned that plenty of times. I’m always trying to advocate for black women especially dark skin women. I have a deep love for dark skinned women and want more men to appreciate them as well. Our communities start and end with black women. I’m grateful for black women.”
This isn’t the first time Broderick has called black men—or men in general—to do a better job of uplifting women.
In an article on Bumble, Broderick stated, “I’m a firm advocate of calling each other out...I really do feel like we as men can do our part in treating women better, and acting better. If guys aren’t checking other guys and saying, ‘hey, bro, that’s not cool,’ or if we’re not being open enough to receive a critique, then it’s going to be a dying cause.”
And Broderick also had more kind words to say about black women: “Black women carry such a presence about them. When she walks into a room she commands attention without speaking”.
Lastly, he describes himself as an “advocate for black women” and names his hopes of doing charitable work, as well as starting an organization in Nigeria and helping young black children struggling with mental health (an issue that is often swept under the rug in both Black American and African communities).
Aside from a perfectly chiseled face, Broderick is clearly intelligent, self-aware and passionate about black women. The number of black men who deserve black women’s unwavering support is short, however, Broderick Hunter is certainly a man who deserves the title #wokebae.
"Grace is a freelance writer and blogger from Canada. Her work has been featured on HerCampus, 21Ninety, Read Unwritten. She is a voracious reader, a dog-lover and a self-professed pop culture junkie. Her other hobbies include watching sappy romantic comedies, consuming too many strawberry-filled doughnuts and people-watching. Grace currently attends university, where she is working towards a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Pre-Law."