During this historic week, on the doorstep of Black History Month, here are a few amazing films, TV shows and documentaries to help feed your read… and hopefully, at the end of these many, long days, they will warm your heart, too.
1. One Night in Miami (2021)(Amazon Prime) Regina King makes her directorial debut and hits it outta the ballpark!
2. A Raisin in the Sun (1961) (Netflix) Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee, Louis Gossett Jr, Diana Sands and Claudia McNeil This modern classic follows an African-American family living together in an apartment in Chicago at the dawn of the Civil Rights movement after the death of the patriarch.
3. The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020)(Netflix) Nominated for best picture last year. GREAT story, great cast, and incredibly timely.
4. Malcolm X (1992) (HBO MAX) Spike Lee directs Denzel Washington in this epic life story of this remarkable, complicated man.
5. Lilies of the Field (1963) (Amazon Prime) Sidney Poitier won the Best Actor Oscar for his extraordinary performance in this lovely film.
6. Selma (2014) (HULU) David Oyelowo stars in Ava DuVernay’s film chronicling Martin Luther King’s walk that changed history.
7. Talk To Me (2007)(Amazon Prime) Don Cheadle, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Taraji P. Henson star in this incredible biographical story of Petey Greene, the charismatic ex-convict who became a DC radio personality and unexpected activist.
8. Little Fires Everywhere (2020) (HULU) Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon star in this critically acclaimed limited series. (Season 2 set for March 2022)
9. Swan Song (2021) (AppleTV) Mahershala Ali, Glenn Close, Naomie Harris and Awkwafina deliver in this unexpected, pseudo-Scifi, suspenseful thriller.
10. 4 Little Girls (1997) (HBO MAX) This is an outstanding documentary by Spike Lee that’s an absolute must-see. Consider it critical viewing for every age audience.
11. Hidden Figures (2016) (Disney+) Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae star reveal the African-American mathematicians (who also happened to be women) that sent America to the moon. True story!
12. Moonlight (2016) (Netflix) The Oscar winner for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Mahershala Ali) and screenplay in 2017. This film embodies identity,
13. Atlanta (2016 – present) (FX) Created by and starring Donald Glover, and winner of many Golden Globes and Emmy’s.
14. The Tragedy of Macbeth (2021) (AppleTV) Denzel Washington stars in the title role in this certain to be tour de force film directed by Joel Coen.
15. We Are the Dream: The Kids of the Oakland MLK Oratorical Fest (2020) (HBO Max) Spoken word, choral readings and heart-stirring inspiration overflows from gifted, remarkable children offer inspiration from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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