By Sheyla Fairley
Every February, people honor the contributions and achievements of African Americans
throughout the ages as part of Black History Month. This February, I will share a collection of twenty-five movies that I have watched and enjoyed; each featuring African Americans in starring roles. I will share them in groups of four.
Some of the movies are biographical, others were inspired by real-life events, and then there are regular films featuring Black leads with well-known actors.
There’s a trailer for you to preview each movie. A link is provided to watch the movie online. Some are free, others may require a subscription or payment.
Pop some popcorn and pick a flick that suits your mood. I hope you enjoy this different twist in observing Black History.
Selma, Lord, Selma (1999 film)
Based on the true events of the Selma to Montgomery march on March 7, 1965, known as Bloody Sunday, through the eyes of 9-year-old Sheyann Webb.
Starring: Jurnee Smollett, Clifton Powell, Stephanie Zandra Peyton, & Ella Joyce
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella (1997 film)
Remake of the 1957 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical of the classic fairytale with a multiracial cast.
Starring: Brandy Norwood, Whoopi Goldberg, & Whitney Houston
The Harder They Fall (2021 film)
When outlaw Nat Love discovers that his enemy Rufus Buck is being released from prison, he reunites his gang to seek revenge.
Starring: Jonathan Majors, Idris Elba, Zazie Beetz, & Regina King
Honeydripper (2007 film)
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In an effort to save his juke joint from being shut down, owner and pianist Tyrone “Pine Top” Purvis hires an electric guitarist to attract the masses.
Starring: Danny Glover, Charles S. Dutton, & Gary Clark, Jr.