Black and Proud is a video series on The Root that focuses on the pride that our favorite black celebrities, tastemakers and thought leaders feel about being black. Many of them talk about our resilience and strength throughout history, and some talk about our undeniable talents, while others mention our dance skills, dopeness and more.

Whatever the reasoning, it’s clear that being black is an incredible experience despite society’s negative narratives around blackness.

You definitely recognize the man in the video above as the “Allstate” guy who puts you in good hands; or you may remember him as Whitney Houston’s deep-voiced love interest in the classic Waiting to Exhale. But Dennis Haysbert is more than his roles and baritone voice; he’s a thoughtful and considerate black man who is extremely proud of his roots and black people’s ability to give love. Check out why Haysbert is black and proud.