I am tempted to think that February is Black History month because it is shorter. I am unforgivingly petty like that but I know that is not the case. Black History Month was the brainchild of historian Carter G. Woodson who established the celebration “The Negro History Week” every second week of February. Since, each American president has honoured it and hopefully no “tweet” will alter it. Amen.
However, this is not a political post, Hollywood have spent the last couple of years finally embracing their guilt during the segregation era of African Americans and hence it is a delicious array of movies to choose from if you want to keep in tune with history this month.
So here my very best top 5.
Picture was so good it had Ava DuVernay in the history books as first black woman to have her film nominated for “Best Picture” at the Oscars.
Starring David Oyelowo, Oprah Winfrey Selma” is a portrait piece of Dr. Martin Luther King as he led the march from Selma to Montgomery for voting rights.
Half of a Yellow Sun (2013)
The historical fiction adapted from a book by the celebrated Chimamanda Adichie showcase an array of stars like Ejiofor Chiwetel, Thandie Newton, Genevieve Nnaji, Onyeka Onwenu in a beautiful equally love story that happened at the outbreak of the Nigerian Civil War.
It is the delectable Gugu Mbatha Raw that plays the real life Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed race daughter of Admiral Sir John Lindsay. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield and his wife, Belle’s lineage affords her certain privileges, yet her status prevents her from the traditions of noble social standing. She doesn’t search for love but her quest to end slavery in England gifts her both.
12 Years a Slave (2013)
Award winning Lupita Nyong’o shine along side Ejiofor Chiwetel in Twelve Years a Slave which is a 1853 memoir and slave narrative by American Solomon Northup as told to and edited by David Wilson. Stirring and provoke quotes and scenes makes this one a classic.
Hidden Figures (2016)
The incredible untold story of Katherine G. Johnson, (Taraji P Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe), a trio of female African-American mathematicians working behind the scenes at Nasa in the early 1960s. These human computers helped to mastermind the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit during the great space race at a time when, in Virginia. It is a very cool feel-good movie that shows some victories, without trivializing the plot of the story.
Common, call Bobo and watch a movie, what the devil are you slaving and saving all that money for?
Relax and enjoy the rest of the week
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