Ten movies to watch on MLK day

Ten movies to watch on MLK day

Here is the list of movies that is mentioned in the above linked article. I’ve seen some of them and have had wonderful things to say about them. They will also go for next month’s black history month. I’m going to try to catch up on those that are on the list that I haven’t read yet.

10 Movies To Watch On Martin Luther King Jr. Day


All The Way


The Rosa Parks Story

Get on the Bus

Malcolm X

For Us The Living: The Medgar Evers Story


The Butler

Remember The Titans

What to Know Before Reading Concrete Rose

What to Know before you read Concrete Rose

The above linked article tells about what you need to know before starting Angie Thomas’s new book, Concrete Rose, which was released today. It is the prequel to The Hate You Give.

Here are the top 5 things the article wants you to know before you pick the book up.

1. It’s set 17 years before The Hate U Give and centers on Maverick Carter.

2. Readers will be familiar with many of the characters as well as the setting.

3. The novel is already receiving rave reviews.

4. Angie Thomas is going on a virtual tour.

5. Concrete Rose’s audiobook is narrated by actor Dion Graham.

The Sapphires

This movie was assigned to me for film class. The title and description caught my attention, but I just wasn’t sure I wanted to watch it. I was wrong. I loved it!

The film took place during the Vietnam War. A family of Aboriginal Australian people formed a singing group and wanted to go entertain the troops in Vietnam.

The music was great and I loved that it was based on a true story. I recommend this movie to anyone who likes music from the time.

Blackish spinoff

Blackish spinoff

I love the show Blackish. The first spinoff was Grownish. It’s geared toward college aged people, but I still find it enjoyable.

The second spinoff was Mixedish. I absolutely love this show, since it takes place in the 80s and I can totally relate to it. It talks of difficult situations. It really makes me think, just like Blackish does.

Now, I find that Oldish will be coming out soon. Another spinoff. I hope its writing is done as well as the others.

There’s a lot to love with the first three, so I hope adding a fourth will be a great idea. I am sure that there will be heavy topics and I’ll have a lot to think about.

Birth of a Nation

This is a story of the events that lead up to Nat Turner leading a rebellion of the slaves in 1831. I had heard of the movie from multiple sources, so it was time to watch it.

I enjoyed the movie. It was very informative, but I hadn’t realized that it was about an actual event. I learn more and more every day.

This movie is not the same as the 1915 movie starring Lillian Gish. At first, I thought it was a remake and I was expecting a KKK rising any minute. It’s definitely not the remake. I still don’t know that I want to see the 1915 version.

Bookstores Selling Out

Selling out

Right now, many bookstores are selling out of several books on anti-racism. Here’s a list of books to choose if you are finding that you have to wait for your book choice to be in stock.

History and Journalism

Conversations in Black: On Politics, Power and Leadership, Ed Gordon (2020)

55, Underemployed and Faking Normal: Your Guide to a Better Retirement Life, Elizabeth White (2019)

An African American and Latinx History of the United States, Paul Ortiz (2018)

Chokehold: Policing Black Men, Paul Butler (2017)


What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker: A Memoir in Essays, Damon Young (2019)

Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates (2015)


Rainbow Milk, Paul Mendez (2020)

The Water Dancer, Ta-Nehisi Coates (2019)

Children’s and Young Adult

This Book is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do the Work by Tiffany Jewell (2020)

Anti-Racist Baby, Ibram X. Kendi (2020)

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi (2020)

Brown Girl Dreaming, Jacqueline Woodson (2014)

A is for Activist, Innosanto Nagara (2013)

You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson

You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book! I picked it up because it was available at the library. I found that it had a lot of good information in it.

One of the things that I loved was that the author made it clear that this is her opinion, and she is not speaking for all black women. Just herself. Also, when there came a time to tell the white person part of the story, she chose to have a white person write that part, since she felt she couldn’t give it justice.

Great information was given in a humorous way. I would definitely recommend this book.

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You Can't Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain

Tulsa Race Massacre

Tulsa Race Massacre


Baily Sarian on Tulsa Race Massacre

The three above linked articles talk about the Tulsa Race Massacre. This is something that we are not taught about in school. I hadn’t even heard about it until last month.

I took the time to look up what it was all about. What an awful event in history! Please take the time to look it up. I have made the hard work easier.

It makes me wonder what other important events have been glossed over or totally ignored. I hope to learn more with time. Point me in the right direction, if you can help. Missed in History podcast is helpful, too, but I don’t have a link to that.

Ruby Bridges on Disney Plus

When I read the book that Ruby Bridges wrote, Through my Eyes, this movie was mentioned. I decided that since I had Disney Plus, I might as well see what it is all about. A few things in the movie are different from the way the author told her story.

The movie was based on the book that the psychiatrist wrote. I believe he did a great job with both the book and the movie.

I would not think that this would be a children’s movie, but there’s really nothing in there that a child couldn’t see. It is definitely worth watching especially to learn about the integration of school in the 60’s.