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6 Must-Watch Docs For Black History Month

02/13/2017 at 3:22 | Erica Banas // Staff Writer
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When it comes to setting up your must-watch list in honor of Black History Month, it’s hard to know where to start.  For their wide range of topics, we recommend these six documentaries.  Enjoy!

 

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

Released in 2011, The Black Power Mixtape is made up of film footage from Sweedish journalists chronicling America’s Black Power Movement and features notable activists like Angela Davis, Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale.

 

Freedom Riders

In 1961, civil rights activists (both black and white) boarded a Greyhound bus in Washington D.C. and rode through the south’s most segregated areas en route to New Orleans in protest of federal laws regarding the desegregation of public buses that weren’t being enforced.  This Stanley Nelson Jr. documentary tells the story of these brave men and women.

 

The African Americans:  Many Rivers To Cross

This six-part docuseries covers over 500 years of African American history, from the slave trade to the second inauguration of President Barack Obama.

 

Forgotten Four:  The Integration of Pro Football

Most are familiar with Jackie Robinson’s story of becoming the first African American to play in Major League Baseball, but the year before Robinson’s rookie season, Kenny Washington, Woody Strode, Marion Motley and Bill Willis broke the color barrier in the National Football League.

 

Something From Nothing:  The Art of Rap

Directed by Ice-T, Something From Nothing gathers rap’s biggest names to discuss…well…the art of rap. (The title really does spell it out.)

 

Good Hair

Starring and narrated by Chris Rock, Good Hair explores the $9 billion dollar black hair industry and examines the cultural and historical definition of what having “good hair” means.

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