Universal remote, stunning big screen LED TV, and popcorn in hand – it is time to immerse yourself in Black excellence. During Black History Month take some time to process the messages of these 7 modern yet dramatic films which boast a stellar and sound Black cast. With actors such as Taraji P. Henson and Mahershala Ali on set, they remind us that Black Hollywood is here to stay. Cheers to Black History Month!
HIDDEN FIGURES (2016)
Hidden Figures is a powerful story about the role three African-American mathematicians played during their time at NASA. Recognized for their contributions – supporting astronaut John Glenn into orbit, Taraji P Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae prove with their synergy in Hidden Figures that Black Girl Magic has always been here!
A dynamic spin-off to the Rocky series, actor Michael B. Jordan makes noise in this powerful sports drama. Following in the footsteps of his legendary father, Hollywood Donnie (Jordan) the illegitimate child of Apollo Creed dives into the ring with a raw sense of dedication. With the support of Rocky Balboa, his dad’s trainer, young Creed tries to create his own lane in the world of boxing.
When Troy Maxson’s (Denzel Washington) dreams of becoming a professional baseball player in the major leagues gets deferred, because of his age and race, his bitterness lingers into his household. Determined to stop his son from meeting a college recruiter, the wounds deeply affect his wife, played by Viola Davis. During the film Maxon tries to make peace with his past in order to move forward and save his family. This film explores the dynamics of many Black families and Black masculinity.
With a host of awards in hand, it is no surprise that Moonlight won Best Motion Picture during the 74th Golden Globe Awards. A true coming-of-age-drama, Moonlight explores the trying times of a black male going through various life stages; childhood, adolescence, young adulthood. The film also powerfully covers the intersection between sexuality, identity, and abuse.
BLACK PANTHER (2018)
“Is this your king?” Marvel Studios’ Black Panther, based on the Marvel Comics character was king at the box-office when it launched in 2018. Focused on the life of T’Challa, who is put in position to lead the advanced world of Wakanda, he must use his superhero strength to mentally, physically, and spiritually defeat an antagonist from Wakanda’s past.
STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON (2015)
Raw. Epic. Real Hip-Hop. Straight Outta Compton explores the life and times of NWA, a rap group from the streets of Compton, an area in Los Angeles, California. Changing the face and landscape of Hip-Hop music, the film looks at how this group rose to fame and fell. Culture, business, and brotherhood are explored wonderfully here.
SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU
A simple sunny day in Chicago is the back drop of Southside With You. This beautifully shot romantic drama explores the moments when summer associate Barack Obama fell for young lawyer, Michelle Robinson, who would later become his wife and First Lady of the United States.