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4 Black Themed Movies for Black History Month

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As Black History Month comes to an end, we would like to celebrate African-American history and culture with four must-see movies from the past year with black lead actors. Disclaimer: Some of these movies may not be appropriate for younger audiences. Please check the rating for each movie before you watch it.

 

The Little Mermaid

Rotten Tomatoes: 94%

IMDb: “A young mermaid makes a deal with a sea witch to trade her beautiful voice for human legs so she can discover the world above water and impress a prince.”

Notable Actors: Halle Bailey, Daveed Diggs, Noma Dumezweni

 

Chevalier

Chevalier (2022) - IMDb

Rotten Tomatoes: 97%

IMDb: “Based on [the] factual story of composer Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, the illegitimate son of an African enslaved and a French plantation owner, who rises to heights in French society as a composer before an ill-fated love affair.”

Notable Actors: Kelvin Harrison Jr., Ronke Adekoluejo

 

American Fiction

American Fiction review: Jeffrey Wright in a career-crowning performance - Vox

Rotten Tomatoes: 96%

IMDb: “A novelist who’s fed up with the establishment profiting from Black entertainment uses a pen name to write a book that propels him into the heart of the hypocrisy and madness he claims to disdain.”

Notable Actors: Jeffrey Wright, Tracee Ellis Ross, Keith David, Sterling K. Brown

 

The Color Purple

The Color Purple' Review: Still Here - The New York Times

Rotten Tomatoes: 95%

IMDb: “A woman faces many hardships in her life, but ultimately finds extraordinary strength and hope in the unbreakable bonds of sisterhood.”

Notable Actors: Fantasia Barrino, Halle Bailey, Taraji P. Henson, Deon Cole, Jon Batiste

 

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Sabona Abdi is a junior at Northside College Prep. At school, he is a member of The Hoofbeat, Black Student Union, and the basketball team. Outside of school, he takes college-level math and computer science courses at Northeastern Illinois University. In his free time, he enjoys playing the saxophone, biking, and spending time with his friends.