Watch These TV Series and Movies That Celebrate Black History and Families

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For the most part, we’re stuck in the house due to COVID-19. Together with everything that’s going on in today’s society, now is a great time to catch up and take a TV break.
Here’s a quick guide to a few must-watch TV series and movies that celebrate the black family and show black history.

Celebrating the Black Family

Crooklyn: This movie is one of Spike Lee’s most famous movies. It’s a celebration of a black Brooklyn family during the 1970s. (Rated PG-13)

Soul food: A film that features a star-studded cast with, Vanessa Williams, Vivica A. Fox, Nicole Ari Parker, Boris Kodjoe, Mehki Phifer, Nia Long, Michael Beach and many more. This movie is about love and loss within a black family. (Rated R)

Family Reunion: A Netflix series starring Tia Mowry that features many famous cameos. Family Reunion is about life for the McKellan family as they adapt to living in the rural town of Columbus, Georgia after moving from Seattle, Washington with their extended family.  (Rated TV-PG)

Raising Dion: Another Netflix series with upcoming actress Alisha Wainwright and a few cameos from Michael B. Jordan is about a widowed mother who must hide her son’s superpowers as she tries to find out the real truth behind her husband’s death. (Rated TV-PG)

Movies That Tell Stories From Black History

Redtails: Inspired by the true World War II story about the first black aerial combat unit also known as the Tuskegee Airmen. These men were part of the Tuskegee Institute experimental program that trained black soldiers to become fighter pilots. (Rated PG-13)

Hidden Figures: The story of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson. Three black women mathematicians who were the masterminds that computed and solved many math problems for NASA operations. These women ended up becoming the reason for success behind one of NASA’s greatest operations in history. (Rated PG)

Self-Made: This movie is a historical account of the life of Madam CJ Walker, the first self-made black woman millionaire. (Rated TV-MA)

Selma: Set in the mid-’60s, this movie describes the journey of Martin Luther King Jr. and those that supported him as they marched from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in protest to the discrimination, oppression, and racism that was prevalent. (Rated PG-13)

In short, there’s a lot going on in our country, whether it’s dealing with the pandemic or fighting the good fight against racism, it can be exhausting. If you need a break to recharge your battery, check out one of these must-watch TV series or movies.

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