While Virgil Abloh had created his own playlist on Apple Music for the Black History Month, we invite you to spend your weekend time with us, watching movies centered around black history and culture. From award-winning movies, inspirational personal profiles and original historic movies, we make a list of 10 films that have been released in the 2010s, that is what you need to dive deep into the African American experience.
The Black History Month, also known as African-American History Month in the U.S., is an annually recurring event celebrated in February and eventually in October in Canada, Ireland, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and it began as a way to remember important people and events in the history of the African diaspora.
So here it is, ten movies to watch during this year’s Black History Month:
The historical movie Selma is based on the 1965 voting rights marches from Selma to Montgomery, led by James Bevel, Hosea Williams, Martin Luther King Jr., and John Lewis. The film was re-released on March 20, 2015, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the historical march.
The film stars the television producer and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey, and the actor Cuba Gooding Jr., just to name a few.
Set in Mississippi during the 1960s, Skeeter is a southern society girl who returns from college determined to become a journalist, and she decides to interview the black women who have spent their lives taking care of wealthy families’ children. The Help it’s reflective movie that questioning on social issues about the private dimension, more specifically on the work of black women as housemaids at rich families, which were victims of racism.
Directed by Spike Lee, the 2018 movie is the story of Ron Stallworth, which is the first African-American detective to serve the police department of Colorado Springs. Determined to make a name for himself, Stallworth pretends to be a white American man to face a dangerous mission: infiltrate in the Ku Klux Klan.
Loving is a biographical romantic drama film based on the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, the plaintiffs in the 1967 U.S. Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia, which invalidated state laws prohibiting interracial marriage.
Dear White People
The original Netflix tv-series Dear White People originally touches on issues surrounding modern American race relationships, following a few black college students at an Ivy League institution. The tv comedy-drama is based on the 2014 film of the same name and it’s already composed by two seasons.
This movie is very important to understand the struggle that African-American singers have to face to be taken seriously and to be part of music during ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. Dreamgirls taking strong inspiration from the history of the Motown record label and one of its acts, The Supremes.
The movie stars Eddie Murphy, Beyoncé Knowles, Kate Hudson and Jamie Foxx.
Kevin Hart’s Guide to Black History
The Netflix special starring the comedian Kevin Hart, which retrace the American black history, highlighting the presence of African-American men and women during the most important moments of the U.S., because as Morgan Freeman said, “black history is just American history”.
Another Netflix product is the Ava DuVernay’s powerful documentary 13th, which explores the U.S. prison system and the history of incarcerating African-Americans. The documentary’s title, 13th, refers to the 13th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution which states “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”
Race is a biographical film about African-American athlete Jesse Owens, who won a record-breaking four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games, receiving congratulations from Adolf Hitler, which was pretty significant under the Nazi Germany policy because of racial discrimination.
12 Years a Slave
12 Years a Slave is a 2013 period drama film and an adaptation of the 1853 slave memoir Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup, a New York State-born free African-American man who was kidnapped in Washington by two conmen in 1841, and sold into slavery. Northup was put to work on plantations in the state of Louisiana (because in many states of the South there still was the racial segregation) for 12 years before being released.