A couple (Issa Rae & Kumail Nanjiani) experiences a defining moment in the relationship when they are unintentionally embroiled in a murder mystery. As their journey to clear their names takes them from one extreme – and hilarious – circumstance to the next, they must figure out how they, and their relationship, can survive the night.
At a protest rally for George Floyd who was killed by a police officer in Minneapolis, activists gathered and spoke about the culture of police brutality and violence in America. Activist Tamika Mallory spoke passionately about how looting and violence were behaviors taught in the very fabric of America. Please watch.
Activism for George Floyd from Color of Change
“It happened again. His name was George Floyd, and on May 25th he was murdered by Minneapolis police officers.
George Floyd was a Black man, who was murdered in broad daylight after a grocery clerk called the police thinking he was writing a bad check. For seven minutes, George laid on the street while officers Derek Chauvin and Tou Thao held their knee on his neck as he was struggling to breathe. He lost consciousness and yet they continued to strangle him. Numerous bystanders pleaded with the police officer to let him go, while Floyd said the words “I can’t breathe,” several times, but the officer refused to remove his knee from Floyd’s neck.
After the murder, officers called his death a “medical problem.” And it wasn’t until the video was released clearly showing them choking him, did we finally see the truth. This was a blatant and disgusting coverup to prevent accountability for their brutal act of police violence.
This is incomprehensible. His life was taken in a senseless act of violence at the hands of the Minneapolis Police Department, all for being “suspected” of writing a bad check.
Police continue to hunt down Black folks in cities across Americaand we refuse to sit silent. It was not too long ago we heard Eric Garner utter the same last words, “I can’t breathe.” And just months ago, officers stormed Breonna Taylor’s home and murdered her in a botched investigation.
On May 26th, officers Derek Chauvin and Tou Thao, and two other officers who were present, were fired from the Minneapolis Police Department. This is a step in the right direction to hold the officers accountable for murdering George Floyd but more action must be taken. We are calling for further action from Mayor Jacob Frey and County Attorney Freeman.
Mayor Frey must 1) block the officers from receiving their pensions and 2) ban them from ever becoming police officers again. And County Attorney Freeman must immediately charge the officers with murder.”
Black movies help us to reconnect with our identity and feel closer to our families and our communities. Hulu is poppin’ this month with some black movies worth watching. From Old School Dramas to New School Sports Drama, Hulu got something for you.
Old School Dramas:
Waiting To Exhale is a Romance/Drama that was originally released in 1995. The screenplay was written by Terry McMillan and Ronald Bass and it was directed by Forest Whitaker. Four friends bond over the shortcomings in their love lives — namely, the scarcity of good men. Both as the “other woman,” Savannah (Whitney Houston) and Robin (Lela Rochon) carry on relationships with married men, each believing their lovers will leave their wives for them. On the flip side, Bernadine (Angela Bassett) ends up alone when her husband divorces her for his mistress. Meanwhile, Gloria (Loretta Devine) finds love with a new neighbor. Waiting To Exhale is based on the best selling book of the same name by author, Terry McMillan.
Soul Food: Written and Directed by George Tillman Jr. was originally released in 1997. Soul Food is a heartwarming movie. When Ahmad Simmons’ (Brandon Hammond) diabetic grandmother, Josephine “Big Mama” Joseph (Irma P. Hall), falls into a coma during an operation to amputate her leg, it throws the Joseph family into chaos. Ahmad watches as his mother, Maxine (Vivica A. Fox), and aunts Teri (Vanessa L. Williams) and Tracy (Nia Long) struggle to adjust to the family matriarch’s sudden absence, fall into old rivalries, share memories, and work to maintain the long-standing tradition of Sunday family dinners.
Whitney, the documentary. Filmmaker Kevin Macdonald examines the life and career of singer Whitney Houston. The documentary was released in 2018. It features never-before-seen archival footage, exclusive recordings, rare performances and interviews with the people who knew her best. Pat Houston, Whitney’s long-time sister-in-law was one of the executive producers of the project. The film was nominated for Grammy Award for Best Music Film, and a NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Documentary Film.
Black Cop. This is a Canadian film written and directed by Cory Bowles. The film was originally released in 2017. The film is about a black police officer who plots revenge on the community he is supposed to be protecting after he is racially profiled and attacked by some of his co-workers. It was an official selection for the Toronto International Film Festival.
Creed II. The follow up to Creed written and directed by Ryan Coogler came Creed II in 2018. This film was written by Sylvester Stallone and Juel Taylor from a story by Sascha Penn and Cheo Hodari Coker. The film follows the newly crowned heavyweight champion Adonis Creed as he faces off against Viktor Drago, the son of Ivan Drago—a Rocky nemesis.
The Simone Biles Story: Courage To Soar is a biography based on her book, Courage to Soar. Ut follows Simone Biles, Olympic athlete and an inspiration. Simone pursues her dream of becoming an elite gymnast, giving up parties, high school football games and senior prom along the way. She overcame many obstacles and tribulations to pursue her dream of becoming an Olympic champion. This movie originally premiered on Lifetime in 2018.
A Madea Family Funeral. This comedy originally hit theaters in 2019 and is heralded as the last time we’ll ever see Tyler Perry as Madea in a film. (We’re not sure about that!) A joyous reunion in small-town Georgia turns into an unexpected nightmare when Madea, Joe, Aunt Bam and other family members gather for an anniversary party that turns out to be a sham. Instead of fun and relaxation, Madea and the gang soon find themselves attending an elaborate funeral that doesn’t quite go according to plan.
Are any of these 7 black movies your favorite? If so, let us know in the comments.
Open Call Filmmakers! There is a new opportunity with June 2020 deadlines! The Firelight Media Documentary Lab is an 18-month fellowship program that supports filmmakers from racially and ethnically underrepresented communities working on their first or second feature length documentary film. The Lab provides filmmakers with customized mentorship from prominent leaders in the documentary world, funding, professional development workshops and networking opportunities.
From The Firelight Media Site:
We are looking for applicants who make artful and innovative documentary films that focus on underrepresented communities and provide new narratives about the most pressing issues of our time. Firelight will consider all types of long form documentary projects – historical, investigative, personal, vérité, and experimental.
Firelight utilizes the Core Documentary Application. As part of your submission, you will need to share a work sample no less than 10 minutes and no longer than 30 minutes. If you are submitting a longer rough cut, please indicate in your application which 10-30 mins you’d like for us to review.
The deadline for all submissions is June 22, 2020, 11:59 PM Eastern.
Only the director of the film is eligible to apply and enter the program. We can accept co-directors if they meet all eligibility requirements. If you’re applying with your co-director, please indicate that in your application.
Filmmaker must be from a racially and ethnically underrepresented community based in the United States, Puerto Rico, and other U.S. territories.
The project must be a long-form/feature-length documentary; the lab does not accept short documentaries, series, or fiction projects of any kind.
Film must be a work-in-progress and in production or post-production. We do not accept films in pre-production or completed films.
Filmmaker must be an emerging documentary filmmaker (working on their first or second feature length documentary).
Filmmaker cannot be in school or submit a student film to the lab.
Firelight accepts applications from POC filmmakers based in the United States regardless of their citizenship status. At the moment, we do not accept filmmakers who are based internationally.
You will receive a notification of the status of your application within 16 weeks. If you are among a small group of finalists who advance through a series of peer reviews, you may be asked for additional information or project updates.
We strongly suggest that you first write your application in a Word document prior to applying via the Submittable portal so you have it as a back-up copy. Please be sure to save your document then copy and paste your responses into the online application via Submittable. THE DATES FOR THE 2020 DOCUMENTARY LAB OPEN CALL ARE MAY 18, 2020 – JUNE 22, 2020 AT 11:59PM EASTERN.
From Academy Award® Winner Spike Lee comes a New Joint: the story of four African-American Vets — Paul (Delroy Lindo), Otis (Clarke Peters), Eddie (Norm Lewis), and Melvin (Isiah Whitlock, Jr.) — who return to Vietnam. Searching for the remains of their fallen Squad Leader (Chadwick Boseman) and the promise of buried treasure, our heroes, joined by Paul’s concerned son (Jonathan Majors), battle forces of Man and Nature — while confronted by the lasting ravages of The Immorality of The Vietnam War.