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In the spirit of Black History Month, I'd like to encourage you, regardless of your background, to learn more about black history. It's important that we not only celebrate the many achievements and contributions of black people, but also acknowledge past and present day issues of systemic inequities.
So put on a Putty or Berry Rich face mask and make a movie marathon of the movies listed below. These films, which depict black stories and the ongoing fight for equity and positive recognition, are very much worth your time.
Adapted from the best-selling novel, this movie takes place during The Great Depression. It follows the experience of Atticus Finch, who is a lawyer that defends Thomas “Tom” Robinson, a black man falsely accused of raping a white woman. This movie explores the moral nature of human beings and whether we’re inherently good or bad.
Joanna, a young white woman raised with liberal values, brings home her fiancé John, who is a widowed, black physician. During dinner, Joanna's parents' attitude and apprehension cause trouble for the couple. This movie is a social commentary with a melting pot of various themes such as religion, social class, racism, sexism, and youth.
This American coming-of-age film depicts the life of Celie - a black southern woman growing up in the early 1900s. It highlights Celie’s struggle to find her own identity after suffering abuse for over four decades. The film also explores the cyclical nature of racism and sexism, and the power of strong female relationships.
This movie follows three black female mathematicians who had a pivotal role at NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program. The trio, who helped to propel astronaut John Glenn's launch into orbit, brings to light racial and gender discrimination in the workplace.
In a Netflix one-hour variety special, Kevin Hart tackles the role of an educator. He highlights the fascinating contributions of black history's unsung heroes through a series of reenactments. In this entertaining and educational comedy special, you'll learn about great figures, such as arctic explorer Matthew Henson, astronaut Mae Jemison and performer-turned-allied-spy Josephine Baker.
I'd also like to share two other other eye-opening pieces of media that were recommended by our Holistic Skin Coach - Ingrid.
Jane Elliott, an American diversity educator, first gave this lesson on April 5, 1968 - one day after Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. The lesson is on discrimination and how our words have power and consequences.
In this Oprah Show episode, Jane Elliott teaches the audience a tough lesson about racism by demonstrating just how easy it is to learn prejudice. This segment is a clear indication of how painful it is to be seen and treated differently than others.
I hope these movies are as impactful to you as they are to me. My hope is that we may all continue to share, celebrate and understand the positive impact of black heritage and culture. May we all work together to end all forms of inequality 🙏
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