The month of February is Black History Month. On this occasion I would like to introduce you to four great films that star African-Americans. These movies are different from one another. However, I think there is something about all of them that you will enjoy.
This world has dealt with many troubling situations in recent times. “The Black Lives Matter” movement has shown America that blatant racism and inequality are still rampant in the modern world. I hope you can take the time to enjoy these films without any judgment. We need to be a more inclusive world. We need to recognize that people are just people… regardless of your race.
- Selma (2014)
Selma is the first movie on this list. Selma is an iconic movie that is about the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was an African-American civil rights activist that spear-headed the movement to end segregation. Segregation was the law that separated white people and African-Americans from interacting with one another. African-Americans were forced to sit on the back of the bus while white people sat on the front of the bus. African-Americans attended different schools than white people. African-Americans also drank from separate water fountains.
Selma is a touching movie. It is a movie that talks about an important part of American history. It is a movie that I think everyone should see.
2. 42 (2013)
The movie named 42 is about Jackie Robinson. Jackie Robinson is the first African-American baseball player to play baseball in Major League Baseball or the MLB. Jackie Robinson faced racism from fans and from the media because of his position. This movie highlights Jackie Robinson’s inner-strength and tenacity. It also shows how men can learn and grow despite the division between white and black. The title of the movie references Jackie Robisons’ jersey number on the Brooklyn Dodgers baseball team.
This movie stars the actor named Chadwick Boseman. Chadwick Boseman is brave, strong, and moving in his role as Jackie Robinson. I really enjoyed this movie. It’s a movie that I think everyone will enjoy. I will watch it over-and-over again.
3. Drumline (2002)
Drumline is a great teen movie. Drumline is a movie about a drummer named Devon Miles. Miles enters Atlanta A&T University to be a drummer on his colleges’ drumline. Miles is filled with arrogance. He must learn to think like a team-player to play drums on the front of his schools’ drumline.
This movie is fun. It is filled with great percussion sounds. The movie shows-off the musical talent that the Atlanta A&T band and drumline possess. It also has a sweet love story between Miles and a girl named Laila. Laila is played by the actress named Zoe Saldana. Zoe Saldana is know for her movie roles in “Center Stage” and in the “Star Trek” re-boot films. She plays the character named Nyota Uhura in those “Star Trek” films.
4. Love & Basketball (2000)
Love & Basketball is a sweet romantic movie. It is also a great sports movie. Love & Basketball is about a woman named Monica. Monica loves basketball. However, she is a tomboy. Monica does not know how to dress like the other girls. She does not care about her clothes, about her make-up, or about her style.
Monica is interested in only one man. That man is her next-door-neighbor who is named Quincy. Monica loved Quincy all of her life. Strangely enough, Quincy also loves basketball like she does. However, this shared interest does not connect the two together. Quincy does not notice Monica because she is not like the other girls… that is until Monica decides to make her move.
Love & Basketball chronicles Monica and Quincy’s love story… it chronicles their love story with the game of basketball and their love story with one another.
I love all of these great movies that are about amazing African-American people. African-Americans can succeed in politics. They can succeed is sports. They can succeed in music, too. African-Americans can do-it-all. It’s time that people see that.
I hope you watch these smart and interesting movies with your friends and with your family. They’re just what you need to watch this Black History Month.