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Diary of a Tired Black Man (2008)

A humorous and deep look into why relationships fail to work from the point of view of a good black man. It is part scripted and a series of interviews with real people from across the country.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paula Lema ...
Tim Alexander ...
Interviewer / Speaker / Host
Natasha McCrea ...
Bridgette (as Natasha M. Dixon)
Shavsha Israel ...
Shavonne Sciarillo ...
Krista Woods ...
Girl in Pink
Tamika Pough ...
Girl in Green
Ricky Jones ...
The Nice Guy
Valerie Davis ...
Woman In Green
Woman In Peach
John Webb ...
Young Thug Guy
Robynne Young ...
Wants A Man Girl


Diary of a Tired Black Man is a simple story about the complex relationships between black men and black women. It follows a successful black man James and his struggle to find a healthy loving relationship. He is constantly challenged by the anger he finds in the black women he gets involved with. From his wife whom he divorces, to the women he tries to date after her - nothing but Drama Drama Drama! He even tries dating outside of his race bringing up a whole new set of issues for him to deal with. It's a ride into the reality of relationships. Written by ScreenTime Films

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Now It's Black Men's Turn To Exhale


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language including sexual references


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Release Date:

13 September 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tired Black Man - TBM  »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Tim Alexander started his career as a fashion photographer with no real experience as a filmmaker. After a life of making bad choices in the women he chose to deal with, he decided to make this film, by himself as a crew of one, to show the world the challenges a good man has in a relationship. It was a personal challenge to tell his personal story through the lead character Jimmy Jean-Louis. Tim is now happily married with twin sons. See more »


Followed by Tim Alexander's A Mother's Love (2011) See more »

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Diary of a Bitter Black Man
19 August 2010 | by (Washington DC, USA) – See all my reviews

I stopped channel surfing to watch this movie, thinking, "Finally, a movie that will explore the real issues in Black relationships and Black families." How wrong I was!

This documentary is so one-sided and the images of Black women are so stereotypical, it's extremely sad! And the mini-movie that plays between real-life interviews is so comically unrealistic, I felt like I was watching a Tyler Perry play. The main woman is more of a caricature of a woman with undiagnosed Bipolar disorder than an example of a real Black woman. (and apparently, the director has something against Asian women, too, because even they aren't safe.)

The men and women who can speak proper English and give valid, unbiased points are few and far between. Most of the people interviewed are embarrassingly ignorant. Most of the men are angry and bitter, themselves. They refer to themselves as the N-word. They refer to women as the B-word. One guy even uses the B-word when talking about his own mother. Another guy actually said "The Child Support system was put in place to cause a great divide between the Black Man and the Black woman." Really? (this statement alone makes it seem as if most Black men would not take care of their kids, and are angry that they're being forced to.) The worse part is that they return to the most ignorant of the bunch and ignore the ones who actually thought before they spoke (instead of just spewing nonsensical rants for 10 minutes.) It's as if the director purposefully focused on those interviewees who were saying things (regardless of how absurd they were) that validated his point of the movie: That most Black men were decent, hardworking, faithful men, and that most Black women were nagging, unhappy, manhood-destroying creatures that pushed them away.

This movie was a wasted opportunity to dive into real issues about a really important subject, from all different perspectives. Instead, all it does is further the damaging stereotypes of Black women (and, unintentionally, of Black men as well) and allow the director (a man,with a lot of hurt and baggage) to get revenge on not only his ex-wife, but the rest of Black womanhood.

Unfortunately for those of us who are Black (and a couple of other races), all must feel the fury of this (Black) man scorned.

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