Finally saw Hidden Figures and I loved every moment of it. From every aspect - relationships, friendships, racial tensions, math as a wonderful subject and the empowerment of Black women. However, in this day/holiday that is of the utmost reverence for Martin Luther King Jr. I think it is great that there is a lot of wonderful Black media to partake in. Whether through all the films of last year: Fences, Moonlight, Hidden Figures or the TV Shows: Atlanta, Luke Cage, Queen Sugar, and Insecure. There are a lot of wonderful movements that happened last year in what many people believe is just a quagmire of hell due to one day and a few celebrity deaths.
In the meantime you've got to reflect on the music, the Black Olympics (how do we keep forgetting this!), the great films and tv that can inspire and lift. I feel in many ways I could write end over end on why you should see so many of these shows and films but this is simply going to be a tacit blog post on the milestones we have made in the last year. We are a great people and we have many great examples throughout our history and our media.
In the meantime, watch all the above and more then continue to cheer for Obama as we roll out to hell. There won't be a time like this for awhile, but we will get back to again someday. Continue to fight your fight and do your best for all of the beautiful Black communities and people you live in. As the great Shakespearan moment in the Wire with Bunk and Omar discuss: "We used to have a community." We still can and there are some strong representations of coming together and fighting our fight from the last year. Don't skip 2016, talk about it endlessly for all the triumphs we made in it.
One last note: I've decided to start contributing to this again more myself. Yes I am venturing to become part of Black film and tv again myself.