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.
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