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"This is Us" Explores the Softness of Black Male Masculinity

The dark skin King, hasn't been allowed to have emotional availability for himself in a long time because the media wants him to literally be dark and dangerous. So, when Moonlight came out and presented a dark skinned Black protagonist that was challenged with fitting into his environment (while also fitting into his identity as a gay man), the world was like, "Ohhh... Dark Black men have more dimension?"

Indeed. Dark skin Black men have more dimension than tv or film have previously presented. This Is Us star Sterling K. Brown plays a human edition of a double-chocolate man, named Randall Pearson. Here's what makes him so different:

1. He has two fathers.

His biological dad left him at a fire station because he was addicted to drugs and unfit to care for his son. A man named Jack Pearson was at the hospital that newborn Randall was taken to. Jack just lost one of his triplets during birth and was inspired to adopt baby-- Randall, to complete his family. (Note: Jack Pearson is a white guy.) Randall is 50 shades darker but his adopted dad loved him hard.

2. Randall has a very yt white mother, father, sister and brother but a very Black wife, two very Black daughters and love for his people. I want to point out that Randall has duality; sometimes when Black characters are put in a white world, raised by a white family and learn the world from a white lens it can adversely affect the character's interest in women that look like him or people that look like him because he doesn't know how to be "down". But This Is Us strips Randall of having to be "down" because he is his authentic self with everyone regardless of race.


He cries when he is happy, sad, afraid... being vulnerable. His emotions are free. This man is so human, its endearing and a little annoying sometimes. His tears are a bold rebellion of how the masculinity of Black men with dark skin is allowed to exist.

Randall emotional transparency appreciation: