3 things to watch this weekend to celebrate Black History Month
Black History Month is in full effect and there are tons of ways to celebrate this weekend. Aside from educating the masses on the impact Black folks have had on this country, another bonus is the powerful content that inevitably debuts in February. T
his year is no different, with several strong offerings coming in the form of television specials, series, and films that highlight African Americans. Whether you’re looking to be reminded of what we have endured, reflect on where we have been, or inspired by where we are going; art has a way of helping us process all of the emotions that come with it.
Here are 3 things to watch this weekend to help you do just that:
Who Killed Malcolm X?
February 21 marks the 55th anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X. Decades after the African American leader, an activist embarks on a complex mission seeking truth in the name of justice. The lingering questions and astounding revelations in the documentary will blow your mind.
Who Killed Malcolm X? is streaming now on Netflix.
We Are The Dream: The Kids Of The Oakland MLK Oratorical Fest
This heartwarming hour-long doc that dropped on HBO just in time for Black History Month is just the kind of hopeful and happy content we all need right now, following young students across the Oakland school district as they learn to literally raise their voices and deliver powerful orations during the annual nationwide competition inspired by the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Every year in Oakland, CA, hundreds of pre-K through 12th-grade students compete in the Martin Luther King Oratorical Festival, performing a mix of published and original poetry and speeches. This documentary chronicles the months leading up to the 40th annual festival, as schools across the city send their top-placing students to compete. It is a portrait of passionate young people raising their voices about issues they care about – social justice, immigration and more – and of a community that celebrates them. Directed and produced by Amy Schatz; produced by Diane Koyler; executive produced by Mahershala Ali, Amatus Karim Ali, Mimi Valdés and Julie Anderson.
We Are The Dream: The Kids Of The Oakland MLK Oratorical Fest is available on HBO.
NAACP Image Awards
Although Black actors, actresses, singers, writers, and directors were slighted from the nominee pool at the Golden Globes and BAFTA Awards, the Image Awards were created to honor the achievements of people of color in film, TV, music, and literature. The show also acknowledges people and organizations who promote social justice through entertainment. This year’s show will honor the best and brightest in the community and nominees include Lizzo, Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B. Jordan, Jodie Turner-Smith, Daniel Kaluuya, Eddie Murphy, Regina King, Winston Duke, and more of our faves. TheGrio will be at the event to cover all the action so stay tuned for BTS updates.