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Five Questions With 'Mad Black Men' Creator Xavier Ruffin by Grace Chung for Ad Age

In just a few weeks, Matthew Weiner's acclaimed "Mad Men" will premiere its seventh and final season on AMC -- but before that happens, a young filmmaker named Xavier Ruffin aims to put the black back into the '60s advertising scene with his new online series "Mad Black Men." The satirical show takes a comedic jab at "Mad Men" for its representation of African Americans -- or rather, lack thereof -- and aims to shed light on the real and untold roles of being black in the "Mad Men" era. It launches today on

A son of drug-addicted parents and homeless during a part of his youth, Mr. Ruffin has been known to beat the odds more than a few times. As a bright and talented teen, he was accepted into a pre-college program to pursue his artistic goals, and went on to receive a BFA from Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. Shortly after, the 26-year-old designer and filmmaker was contacted by a Dailymotion exec who saw his work on music video spoofs via YouTube and worked for the company as a preferred content creator. Last year, he earned backing from Dailymotion to launch his series through the company's Motion Maker's Fund Grant, which allocated $50,000 across 13 winning projects. Read More...


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