Every February, people in the United States celebrate the achievements and history of African Americans as part of Black History Month.

Black History Month was created to focus attention on the contributions of African Americans to the United States. It honors all Black people from all periods of U.S. history, from the enslaved people first brought over from Africa in the early 17th century to African Americans living in the United States today.

Black History Month should be for everyone, so I have a list of moviews for you to watch during Black History Month and beyond.

Black Panther

The Marvel Cinematic Universe consistently rolls out some of the biggest box-office hits of the year, but Black Panther brought viewers to the theaters at historic numbers. The revolutionary film not only features Black superheroes, but also celebrates celebrates Black culture across the Diaspora, in ways not often seen on screen. Plus, it’s the first superhero film to ever be nominated for an Academy Award!

42

With huge names like the late Chadwick Boseman and Harrison Ford, 42 tells the story of Jackie Robinson, the first Black man to play professionally in the MLB. The 2013 biopic gives viewers insight into the complicated history of racial integration in the world of sports, demonstrating the hostility Robinson faced within the league and his effort to prove himself to baseball fans around the country.

Dear White People

Based on the film of the same name, Netflix’s Dear White People follows a group of Black college students at a fictional Ivy League university. The comedy series touches on issues like microaggressions, police brutality, and sexual politics. Dear White People has received its fair share of hate from internet trolls, not unlike the ones featured on the show in season two, but remains one of the most highly-rated shows on Netflix.

If Not Now, When?'

Meagan Good co-directs with Tamara Bass and stars as a mom forced to go to rehab and lean on her childhood friends (Bass, Mekia Cox and Meagan Holder) to take care of her teen daughter (Lexi Underwood).

Hidden Figures

The film is the story of some inspiring black women who worked in the space program during an era when black women were highly marginalized. The acting is terrific and the production all around is well made and enjoyable. Not surprisingly, the movie did well in the box office and no doubt you'll have a nice time if you see the film. Key Stars in the movie are Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Idris Elba leads this biopic depicting the rise of Nelson Mandela, the South African president and anti-apartheid revolutionary.

A chronicle of Nelson Mandela's life journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa.

The Hate U Give

This is one book-to-move adaptation I can get behind. Based on Angie Thomas' best-selling novel, The Hate U Give follows the story of Starr Carter, a Black high schooler who straddles the privileged world of her prep school and the poor Black neighborhood she grew up in. But Starr is forced to reckon with both worlds when her friend Khalil is shot by a white police officer, and she's the only witness.

Moonlight

In this Academy Award Best Picture winner, a young Black boy living in Miami during the '80s struggles to come to terms with his sexuality while being raised by an abusive mother.

The Pursuit of Happyness

Will Smith teams up with his son Jaden in an inspirational story about salesman Chris Gardner, who went from sleeping in shelters to founding his own brokerage firm.

The Banker

The Banker is a solidly old-fashioned adaptation of the remarkable true story of some of America's first black bankers.

This early Apple TV+ movie stars Anthony Mackie and Samuel L. Jackson as Bernard Garrett and Joe Morris, two of the first Black bankers in the United States — with the help of a white associate who fronts the business.

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