love, life, and the pursuit of liberation
Today marks the official start of Black History Month. Now, I know that people feel all sorts of way about it (Why don’t we have white history month? I celebrate black history every day? Etc etc etc), but as I interact with more youth and see how clueless they are about the real struggles our ancestors endured or think that Black history stops at the Civil Rights movement, the more I welcome this official time to stop, acknowledge, and celebrate. I won’t even get into the ratchedness on TV that poses as depictions of our culture..
To that end, a friend of mine has a family tradition where they watch a black film every Friday during Black History Month. I love that idea, and I also see this as a way to make Black history feel relevant to people who think that Black history is so 30 years ago or that we are in a post-racial society because Obama is president.
Here are my favorite contemporary Black History/Culture movies.
What would you add to the list—historical or contemporary?