How Concrete Cowboy Elevates the Legacy of Black Cowboys and Black Fatherhood

How Concrete Cowboy Elevates the Legacy of Black Cowboys and Black Fatherhood
Hollywood has long fostered a love affair with Westerns and cowboys, but traditionally the depiction of cowboys has been white - insert John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, and countless other white actors. However, Netflix's Concrete Cowboy brings the story of "urban" Black cowboys to life, shining a light on the significance of Black cowboy culture, a narrative rarely seen on screen, as well as Black fatherhood. The new film centers on the Fletcher Street Urban Riding Club, a community of Black cowboys that has existed in the North Philadelphia area for over a century. The story is told through the lens of father and son duo, Harp (Idris Elba) and Cole (Caleb McLaughlin), who are at odds with each other but find common ground through their shared love of horses.

The last time Black cowboys were the subject of their own movie was Mario Van Peebles's 1993 film Posse. To
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