Celebrating Black Stories

Mycalea Lewis

Happy Black History Month everybody! I hope that you can find time not only this month, but every month to celebrate the incredible black figures who have changed—and are continuing to change—our world in the best possible ways. It’s no question that there are so many influential black artists who are always helping us see the beauty and the reality of the black experience in America. In this article, I have a list of noteworthy new stories featuring African-Americans in TV, movies, and books that can help kickoff your BHM celebrations! 

 

Streaming Now (& Coming Soon)

Who Killed Malcolm X? (2020) — Netflix

Netflix has a new installment in one of their biggest docuseries, this time highlighting African American civil rights leader, Malcolm X and his untimely assassination. 

 

Queen Sono (2020) — Netflix

Netflix’s first South African drama series that tells the story of the titular character, Queen Sono, who is a kickass spy who is trying to uncover the truth behind her mother’s death. 

 

They’ve Gotta Have Us (2020) — Netflix

This three-part docuseries highlights the stories of many African American entertainers as they trace the history of black cinema. 

 

Family Reunion (Season 2, 2020) — Netflix

Family Reunion is a comedy series that follows the McKellan family as they move from Seattle to Georgia to stay with their grandparents, and let’s just say that lots of fun and hilarity ensues with this fun-loving family who is redefining black culture. 

 

Madam CJ Walker — Netflix 

Academy-Award winning actress Octavia Spencer will be telling the story of black entrepreneur Madam CJ Walker, who became the first millionaire of her time. 

—Streaming March 2020

 

Books

Title: Black Girl Unlimited by Echo Brown

What it’s about: The phrase “Black Girl Magic” takes on a literal meaning in this tale about author surrogate Echo Brown, a young wizard who hones her powers to help those around her.

 

Title: American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson 

What it’s about: A brilliant young, Black FBI intelligence officer decides to shake things up after feeling undervalued and underestimated in the workplace.

 

Title: Clean Getaway by Nic Stone 

What it’s about: Stone explores race relations and the history of segregation through this story about an 11-year-old Black boy who takes a road trip with his white grandmother.

 

Title: Saving Savannah by Tonya Bolden 

 

What it’s about: A young Black girl named Savannah Riddle lives a wealthy Washington DC lifestyle in the early 1900s. But when she meets Lloyd, a young West Indian man, she becomes more aware of the world’s social issues and is set on making positive change.