Black History Month is currently at the half-way mark and I apologize this took so damn long to push out. So much has happened since the last time “our month” rolled around that it was hard trying to cobble together some films that would work as a cohesive unit. Despite this, I think I done good. I’ll leave it up to you to be the judge though. Below you’ll find a collection of stories that mix fiction and documentary, highlighting some well-known stories and some lesser known ones. All of which however, you should know. Enjoy.
What Happened, Miss Simone?
Produced by her daughter, this documentary follows the life, loves, losses and luminosity of Nina Simone. It’s kind of no-holds-barred in its approach, at times giving her full reverence as an artist, and at other times, fully examining her humanity with a critical lens. In all, it’s a gripping account of her struggle and success and is highly educational for Nina Simone fans and newbies alike.
The Get Down
People keep sleeping on this damn show. And that’s a problem, because, it’s a beautiful chimera that somehow makes musicals (things I usually hate) work within the construct of a fantastical world, all set in The Bronx (gang gang gang gang!). While I’ve already aired out my opinions about it on the podcast, I’d love to see you produce your own. Because it really is worth it.
“WTF dap, why is this on here?” Listen: Africa, the continent, is important to BHM. Without it, we wouldn’t exist. So, you should know how fucking vast and amazing it is. And with David Attenborough’s help (thank you based god), you can do just that. Really, this series is just a nerdgasm of sweeping arial shots, deep research and dope peeks into the lives of animals and plants. Get with the program.
Adjust Your Color: Petey Green’s Truth
Remember Don Cheadle’s 2007 film, Talk to Me? Well, this is the real deal. Narrated by Cheadle, the documentary surveys the life and work of Petey Green, a DC-circuit radio-cum-TV man who shook up the public consciousness with his opinions and voice. It’s a story that needs more attention, and especially now, is all the more important.
T-Rex: Her Fight for Gold
I came across this film last year, and wrote about it. It follows the an amazing young woman on her journey to get the boxing gold at the Olympics. There’s obvi more to it than that, but I’ll let you find out.
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