On its opening weekend, the horror film “Candyman” made history at the box office. Coming in at number one, Nia Dacosta became the first Black female director to hold that spot.
Not only is the movie thrilling, but it also addresses mental health in Black communities.
“Candyman” is centered around an artist who learns of the legend of the Candyman and gets drawn into the mythology as a wave of violence is unleashed.
“‘Candyman’ in itself exemplifies what Black people are going through now in America,” Lorenzo Lewis said.
Lewis is a Little Rock native and founder of “The Confess Project,” a movement training barbers to be mental health advocates across America.
Lewis sat on a panel organized by the film’s makers to discuss the significance and meaning of “Candyman” and the Black horror genre.
“The promising message behind it is that Black people are living in a horror film all the time,” Lewis said. “They’re living in this stress, and they’re living in these unimaginable conditions. We’re unpacking ‘Candyman’ in a way that’s allowing people to see that there is hope and healing.”
In 2019, suicide was the second leading cause of death among African American people, ages 15 to 24. Addressing that, according to Lewis, starts with recognizing the struggles specific to Black Americans.
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