15 Essential Black Shows and Movies to Watch for Black History Month
So this list all the way back from February celebrating is Black History Month is still relevant today. Tvguide.com has provided a compelling mixture inclusive of some superhero gems and we’ve selected a few shows to highlight however scoot over here for the complete list.
The events in the comic book series are placed 34 years later in the series. Vigilantes, who were once considered heroes, were outlawed in the comic’s alternate timeline of the twentieth century due to their ruthless methods. Adrian Veidt, once known as the vigilante Ozymandias, staged a phoney attack on New York City by a squid-like alien in 1985, murdering millions and driving nations to band together against a common adversary in order to escape a nuclear disaster. Veidt’s actions enraged his former friends, with Rorschach planning to notify the world of Veidt’s transgressions before he was destroyed by Doctor Manhattan, who subsequently fled the Earth. The Damon Lindelof thriller, starring Regina King, is set in a parallel Oklahoma where relatives of those killed in the 1921 Greenwood Massacre are entitled to restitution and police wear masks to conceal their identities.
One Night in Miami
The film is based on a dramatised account of Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown, and Sam Cooke meeting in a room at the Hampton House in February 1964 to celebrate Ali’s surprise title victory over Sonny Liston. Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree, Aldis Hodge, and Leslie Odom Jr. play in the key roles, with Lance Reddick, Joaquina Kalukango, Nicolette Robinson, and Beau Bridges rounding out the cast. While their chats are fictitious, they help viewers appreciate the real-life Black warriors who cleared the road for civil rights over 60 years ago. With this adaptation of Kemp Powers’ 2013 play, Regina King makes her directorial debut.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Based on Rebecca Skloot’s 2010 book of the same name, this 2017 docudrama featuring Oprah Winfrey as Lacks’ daughter Deborah and exploring her cells’ impact on the modern world is based on Rebecca Skloot’s 2010 book of the same name. Black mother of five, Henrietta Lacks (René Elise Goldsberry), went to John Hopkins Hospital in 1951 because of an acute vaginal hemorrhage. She passed away in October of 1951, at the age of thirty-four. In order to explore future medical treatments, doctors had taken cells from her cancer-ridden cervix before she died. Lacks’ cells are now being employed in a variety of medical research, including the COVID-19 pandemic,
Joe Gardner, a pianist and middle school music teacher in New York City, aspires to be a professional jazz pianist. His mother Libba urges him to accept a full-time teaching position when he receives one, worried for his financial security. Joe learns of an opening in jazz veteran Dorothea Williams’ trio one day and auditions at a music club. Dorothea hires Joe for that night’s event after being impressed by his piano playing. Joe’s exhilaration causes him to tumble down a manhole as he walks away. While his dream of becoming an accomplished jazz musician has been on hold for years in favor of a more practical career as a high school band teacher, he is more than ready to jump at the chance to play with a famous vocalist’s band one night. For the first time, a Black lead character stars in a Pixar film.
Noah (Aldis Hodge) is a courageous slave who leads a revolt on his Georgia plantation and escapes with six other slaves to freedom. They travel by the Underground Railroad, where they face perilous situations and the continual prospect of being apprehended
Earn (Donald Glover) attempts to rehabilitate himself in the eyes of his ex-girlfriend, who is the mother of his daughter Lottie, as well as his parents and his cousin Alfred (Brian Tyree Henry), who raps under the stage name “Paper Boi,” during his daily life in Atlanta, Georgia. Earn has no money and no house after dropping out of Princeton University, so he alternates between staying with his parents and his girlfriend. The show is notorious for being ludicrous, making it ideal for an odd comedy binge that also respects the African-American experience of attempting to make it in Atlanta.
Ava DuVernay’s trailblazing documentary delves deep into the facts behind American jails and the disproportionate incarceration of African Americans. The documentary contextualises the injustices of our prison system and what it means to be a prisoner, beginning with the conception of the 13th Amendment, which led to the abolition of slavery and bringing viewers on a trip to the current day. It’s a depressing viewing, but it’s well-done and eye-opening. Perfect for history fans who want to understand more about how slavery’s heinous legacy continues to have an impact on society today. The regularity of fatal police shootings of unarmed minorities in seemingly minor confrontations has been demonstrated in the twenty-first century by videos taken by bystanders and the increasing use of cameras in police cars or worn by officers; DuVernay concludes the film with graphic videos of fatal police shootings of black people