As Black History Month continues to be observed across the nation, let’s take a look at FIVE [T][R][E][N][D][I][N][G] documentaries and movies that currently depict stories of African Americans and their EXPERIENCES.
And… if you’re LOOKING for ways to celebrate black history & ALSO plan on EXPANDING your KNOWLEDGE of black history, then this post is for YOU.
NOW.. grab your popcorn 🍿 and take a seat! These MUST-WATCH movies just may inspire you to create your OWN path.
#1 “Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am“
Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am, is a biography documentary that reflects on the life of a famous novelist & Nobel Prize winner. In the film, she shares many of her challenging experiences, of growing up in Lorain, Ohio. She was a single parent maintaining her literacy career as a writer, editor, and professor. Toni Morrison certainly left her mark, & her legacy is ONE to remember!
#2 “Judas and The Black Messiah”
Judas and The Black Messiah is an educational & drama film, starring Daniel Kaluuya. It is inspired by TRUE events that portray the story of Fred Hampton, a leader of the Illinois Chapter, the (Black Panther Party), also known as the BPP. If you’re looking to develop MORE knowledge of the BPP, then this movie will surely give you ALL THE DETAILS.
#3 “Hidden Figures”
Hidden Figures is also a life story film, starring Janelle Monae, Taraji P. Henson, & Octavia Spencer. This film highlights  African-American women, (Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, & Dorothy Vaughan), who worked at NASA during ONE of the most significant times in history. This movie also FEATURES black women WHO have the strength & resilience to withstand ANYTHING.
Harriet, a biographical film, portrays the story of Harriet Tuban who helped her FAMILY & others gain their freedom using the Underground Railroad. Even though her journey towards freeing slaves was not an easy feat, she was DEFINITELY the epitome of determination and perseverance.
THE inspiring, animated film, SOUL is the first PIXAR film to feature an African-American LEAD CHARACTER. THE movie reflects on a middle school band teacher who has dreams of pursuing a career as a Jazz musician. Along the way, he allows his FEARS to get in the way. ONE day, an unexpected event happens & he starts to see his dreams unfold RIGHT BEFORE HIS EYES.
So.. if you are looking for a movie that will [R][E]-[I][G][N][I][T][E] that dream of yours, check this ONE OUT! SOUL will show you that following your dreams CAN give you the life focus and purpose you’ve been WAITING for.
NOW..go AHEAD and ADD (➕) these inspiring documentaries & movies to your WATCHLIST, because they certainly WILL|| NOT disappoint.
If YOU enjoy reading a good book from time to time, check out my PREVIOUS post titled: Inspiring Books to Read in Honor of Black History Month, written by black authors: These books are HIGHLY recommended & each ONE represents a piece of our OWN personal story.
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“WALKING IN MY PURPOSE
Yolanda J 🧡