Black History Month is dedicated to celebrating the achievements and recognizing the culture of African Americans. With the conclusion of Black History Month on the horizon, we take you through five uplifting and tragic stories portrayed in films and TV shows.
Find our picks of five movies and series you should watch this Black History Month below!
‘Marshall‘ is a biographical drama film that stars late actor Chadwick Boseman as lawyer Thurgood Marshall, who defended wrongly charged African Americans because of racial discrimination. The movie revolves around the case of Joseph Spell. Spell stands trial as he is accused of sexual assault and attempted murder of a wealthy white woman. Alongside Chadwick Boseman, the movie stars Josh Gad, Kate Hudson, Sterling K. Brown. It is directed by Reginald Hudlin.
Thurgood Marshall went on to become the first African American Supreme Court Justice in America.
Watch ‘Marshall’ on AppleTV+: HERE
Watch ‘Marshall’ on Amazon Prime Video: HERE
‘Trial 4‘ is a documentary series based on the life and struggles of Sean K. Ellis. As a teenager, Sean was arrested for the killing of a Bostin Police officer John J. Mulligan in 1993. Having denied his parole multiple times, he served over twenty years in prison while battling to prove his innocence and to gain freedom through the New England Innocence Project.
Watch ‘Trial 4’ on Netflix: HERE
The Best Of Enemies
‘The Best Of Enemies‘ is based on the true story between civil rights activist Ann Attwater and former leader of the Ku Klux Klan C.P. Ellis. Each with their own difficult upbringing and life stories leading them to opposite views. The movie depicts issues of racism in the 1970s as the two collide to solve the issue of public school integration. It is an adaptation of the book ‘The Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South‘ by Osha Gray Davidson.
The movie stars Taraji P. Henson as Ann Atwater, Sam Rockwell as Claiborne Paul Ellis, and is directed by Robin Bissell.
Watch ‘The Best Of Enemies’ on Netflix: HERE
Watch ‘The Best Of Enemies’ on AppleTV+: HERE
When They See Us
‘When They See Us‘ is a true story of five teenagers wrongly imprisoned for a term lasting five to 10 years. The series delves into the investigation of the Central Park jogger murder case from 1989. This four-part series recounts the events of the five teens getting falsely accused of the crime and serving prison their respective sentences. The circumstances leading up to their arrest and eventual exoneration are all brought to light in this series.
This Critics’ Choice Television Award-winning show has been directed filmmaker by Ava DuVernay, who has worked on similar themes in ‘13‘ and ‘Selma‘.
Watch ‘When They See Us’ on Netflix: HERE
Another true story about a defense attorney, who seeks to prove the innocence of a wrongly convicted prisoner on death row for almost 6 years. Micheal B. Jordan plays American attorney Bryan Stevenson and is joined onscreen by Jamie Foxx, who portrays Walter ‘Jhonny D’ McMillian. Based on the memoir of the same name, ‘Just Mercy‘ recants the various trials and methods used in order to prove Walter’s innocence, including recreating a ’60 minutes’ interview that aired in 1992 with host Ed Bradley.
The movie also stars Brie Larson, Rob Morgan, Tim Blake Nelson, and O’Shea Jackson Jr and is directed by Destin Daniel Cretton.
Watch ‘Just Mercy’ on AppleTV+: HERE
Watch ‘Just Mercy’ on Netflix: HERE
Interesting Watch: Kevin Hart’s Guide to Black History
A Netflix special hosted by comedian and actor Kevin Hart narrating tales of significant black people’s history. Journey with him in this educational and humorous presentation of the lives of Harriet Tubman (abolitionist), Mae Carol Jemison (First Black Woman in Space), Matthew Henson (Explorer of the Artic), Josephine Baker (Artist and Spy), and many more.
Watch ‘Interesting Watch: Kevin Hart’s Guide to Black History’ on Netflix: HERE