A review of “Till”, a 2022 new release directed by Chinonye Chukwu about the lynching of Emmett Till and his mother’s fight to get justice for his murder.
One Night in Miami is the directorial debut of Regina King and prortrays the fictional meeting of Cassius Clay (later Muhammad Ali), Malcolm X, Sam Cooke, and Jim Brown. Following Ali’s defeat of Sonny Liston in Miami he becomes heavyweight champ and is joined by the other guys to celebrate. Instead of going out, the four men spend the night at a hotel where they have a series of conversations about the roles they should play in the Civil Rights Movement and the best way forward for Black people in general.
“Beasts of No Nation” is a 2015 Netflix film based on Uzodinma Iweala’s 2005 novel about a boy who becomes a child soldier. Set in an unnamed West African country, a violent civil war is being fought between the military and rebel groups. Agu (Abraham Atta) is a small boy from a loving tight-knit family living in a village that is in the path of the approaching armies. When the fighting spreads to his village it is destroyed and his family torn apart, Agu flees in search of safety but instead finds himself drafted to fight in a rebel group under the Commandant (Idris Elba).
“A Time to Kill” is a 1996 film based on a book by John Grisham that takes place in a relatively small community in Mississippi. A courtroom drama, “A Time to Kill” follows the case of a Black man who is on trial for murdering two racist White men who viciously attacked and raped his daughter. Needing legal representation, he seeks the help of a local lawyer with a struggling law practice. The pair face off against a prosecutor who is hoping to use the case to advance his career and the murdered men’s supporters who are seeking revenge for their deaths.
“Lean on Me” is a 1989 film about Joe Clark, a high school principal who was put in charge of a school that was underperforming academically while also struggling with multiple other issues. Morgan Freeman stars as Clark, a fictionalized version of the real-life principal of Patterson, New Jersey’s Eastside High School. In the 1980s, Clark gained notoriety for the disciplined and almost tyrannical methods that he used in an attempt to turn the school around.