“A Century of Black Cinema” is a dope documentary. It’s worth checking out if you’re into documentaries in general but especially if you consider yourself a film buff or movie fan. In a bit under 2 hours, you can learn a lot about the history of the Black film industry. Most of the content focuses on the actors and actresses who appeared in front of the camera but there’s also some info about a few Black directors.
A discussion of the original 1968 version of “Night of the Living Dead”. I assume that most people have already seen the film and thus it contains some spoilers. But, I won’t be providing a full recap of the movie so you can still check it out if you’ve never seen it before.
The Corner by David Simon and Edward Burns is one of the most saddening and inspiring books I’ve ever read. The book follows the lives of residents near the corner of West Fayette and Monroe Streets in West Baltimore over the course of a year in the early 90’s. The authors lay bare how a history of poverty, crime, and drug addiction tore apart the neighborhood, families, and individuals.
12 Years a Slave is a movie about the unfortunate life events of Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor). Solomon was a violinist who lived with his wife and two young children in Saratoga Springs, NY in 1841. Lured away from home under false pretenses, Solomon is kidnapped and sold into slavery. He spends 12 years of his life yearning for his family and suffering under the false identity of “Platt”.