Black History Month (BHM) is finally here, and well, in terms of education, entertainment, and every other detail that brings back the struggles for the emancipation of the African, we’ve got to stay woke. On the entertainment front, Netflix has a curated list of movies and documentaries to help stay woke and provide some viewing pleasure, though it’s not all that pleasurable when it comes to talk of Black History.
For this Black History Month, the Afriket Creatives crew have put together a list of 5 movies you should binge watch. Let’s call this Netflix and staying woke :)! The movies are as follows:
The African Doctor
Our personal favorite is the story of “The African Doctor”. This is the story of an African Doctor, Seyolo Zantoko, and his family who move to a small village by name Marly-Gomont, Seyolo. Fun fact, the inhabitants were afraid because of one thing: they had never seen black people in their lives.
Mandela Long Walk to Freedom
Remember when the 2010 World Cup soccer event in South Africa was graced by Nelson Mandela? Well, it’s not surprising that a good number of actors have taken up roles in stories that tell the impact of this great leader of blessed memory. On Netflix however, Idris Elba’s act in Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom, still remains.
When it comes to sports, more so the Olympics, the black struggle has not been silent. This movie, like almost every other, is based on a true story; the story of Jesse Owens. His desire to be the greatest put him through to the 1936 Olympics. If you are familiar with world history, you’ll know then that there was one Adolf Hitler who wanted to make a certain statement with this particular Olympics.
Lee Daniels’ The Butler
Don’t you love seeing Forest Whitaker star in movies? In here he stars as Cecil Gaines who was a devoted husband, father and the White House butler. He served eight presidents during some of the most trying, tumultuous and defining moments of the 20th century.
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
This certainly ain’t the story of T’Challa in Stanley Daniel’s Black Panther if that was your thinking. Sorry. This is the story of a revolutionist party for self defense. In the turbulence of the 1960s, the Black Panther Party emerged to play a pivotal role in the history of black struggle.
That’s it for us folks! There are many more movies you could watch with that bowl of popcorn and soda. But for us, these are our top 5. Have fun, stay woke, and a happy Black History Month!