The Last Day of Black History Month

Sunday, February 28, 2021

It's hard for me to beleive that we have oficially come to the end of Black History Month. As a non-Black woman of color, and someone from a community that is rife with anti-Blackness, I know that I have a responsibility to work through my own biases. For this month, I wanted to focus on Black movies that dealt with a variety of issues in the Black community. Along the same time I wanted to include quotes by Black people in history that are meaningful to me. I am someone who loves quotes of all kinds and watches more movies than she should. This felt like the perfect combination.

But more than the posts for this month, I want to do better in terms of the content that I am consuming to begin with. I shouldn't focus on just Black books/movies/shows/music in just the month of February. Of the 20 books I've read this year, I have only read six books by Black authors. I need to do better in terms of how many Black authors I read. But anyways, here is a list of all of the posts from this month:

The Movies
Moonlight
Selma
Last Holiday 
The Photograph
If Beale Street Could Talk
Sylvie’s Love
Cinderella (1997)
Love and Basketball
The Hate U Give
Hidden Figures
Just Wright
Akeelah and the Bee
Jingle Jangle
Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse

The People
bell hooks
Anna Julia Cooper
James Baldwin
Ella Baker
Langston Hughes
Malcolm X
Octavia Butler
Zora Neale Hurston
Audre Lorde
Toni Morrison
Alice Walker
Gwendolyn Brooks
Maya Angelou
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Black History Month: Moonlight

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Movie Of The Day: 

Director: Barry Jenkins 
Writer: Barry Jenkins (screenplay), Tarell Alvin McCraney (story)  
Release: January 9, 2015
Cast
Mahershala Ali
Naomie Harris
Trevante Rhodes 
Shariff Earp 
Duan Sanderson 
Janelle Monáe 
Naomie Harris
A young African-American man grapples with his identity and sexuality while experiencing the everyday struggles of childhood, adolescence, and burgeoning adulthood. --IMDb
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Black History Month: bell hooks

Friday, February 26, 2021

I read bell hook for the first time in college and her work has stuck with me ever since. I knew I wanted to feature her this month. Choosing only these five quotes ended up being incredibly hard but I hope I have done her justice. 

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Black History Month: Selma

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Movie Of The Day: 

Director: Ava DuVernay 
Writer: Paul Webb  
Release: January 9, 2015
Cast
David Oyelowo
Carmen Ejogo
Oprah Winfrey 
Jim France
A chronicle of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965. --IMDb
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Black History Month: Anna Julia Cooper

Wednesday, February 24, 2021


I first came across the work of Anna Julia Cooper in college, during one of my Women and Gender Studies classes, when I had to write a paper on feminism. As a woman of color, I knew that I wanted to focus on Black and women of color activists who had talked about feminism. Cooper's work introduced me to Black feminism. I read A Voice From the South and her work has stayed with me throughout the years.

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Black History Month: Last Holiday

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Movie Of The Day: 

Director: Wayne Wang 
Writer: Jeffrey Price, Peter S. Seaman, J.B. Priestley  
Release: January 13, 2006
Cast
Queen Latifah
LL Cool J
Timothy Hutton
Giancarlo Esposito
Upon learning of a terminal illness, a shy woman decides to sell off all her possessions and live it up at a posh Central-European hotel. --IMDb
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Black History Month: James Baldwin

Monday, February 22, 2021


James Baldwin was a writer, activist, playwright, and poet among other things. I was first introduced to his work in high school but it wasn't until college that I took a deep dive through more of his writing. I read several essays from Notes of a Native Son and his novel, If Beale Street Could Talk, was adapted into an award winning movie. 

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Black History Month: The Photograph

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Movie Of The Day: 

Director: Stella Meghie 
Writer: Stella Meghie  
Release: February 14, 2020
Cast
Issa Rae
LaKeith Stanfield
Chanté Adams
A series of intertwining love stories set in the past and in the present. --IMDb
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Black History Month: Ella Baker

Saturday, February 20, 2021

I was in college, in one of my African American Studies classes, where I was first introduced to Ella Baker. I heard about the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) that she was the founder. She was also influential in the NAACP and other organizations. She often worked behind the scenes in the organizations mentioned and among many of the well known Civil Rights activists. She spoke often about the sexism within the movement (as showcased by the lack of women who are credited for their work). 

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Black History Month: If Beale Street Could Talk

Friday, February 19, 2021

Movie Of The Day: 

Director: Barry Jenkins 
Writer: Barry Jenkins, James Baldwin (book)  
Release: December 25, 2018
Cast
KiKi Layne
Stephan James
Regina King
Teyonah Parris
Colman Domingo
A young woman embraces her pregnancy while she and her family set out to prove her childhood friend and lover innocent of a crime he didn't commit. --IMDb
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Black History Month: Langston Hughes

Thursday, February 18, 2021


College was truly the most increidble time for me in terms of my learning. While I had learned about Langston Hughes in high school, I had never been given the chance to go in depth with his work until college. There is so much to be learned from Hughes and his work. Here are five quotes of his that I find to be very meaningful.
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Black History Month: Sylvie’s Love

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Movie Of The Day: 

Director: Eugene Ashe 
Writer: Eugene Ashe  
Release: December 23, 2020
Cast
Tessa Thompson
Nnamdi Asomugha
Eva Longoria
When a young woman meets an aspiring saxophonist in her father's record shop in 1950s Harlem, their love ignites a sweeping romance that transcends changing times, geography, and professional success. --IMDb
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Black History Month: Malcolm X

Tuesday, February 16, 2021


Does Malcolm X need an introduction? I don't think so. I'll be very honest and admit that I haven't always known a lot about him, but I have worked to resolve that issue since I got to college. I have worked to not only learn more about him but also the Black Panther Party. Reading his work has been eye opening and I knew I wanted to feature some of his quotes this month.  

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Black History Month: Cinderella (1997)

Monday, February 15, 2021

Movie Of The Day: 

Director: Robert Iscove 
Writer: Oscar Hammerstein II, Robert L. Freedman  
Release: November 2, 1997
Cast
Brandy 
Whitney Houston 
Whoopi Goldberg 
Bernadette Peters 
Veanne Cox Natalie 
Desselle Reid 
Paolo Montalban 
Jason Alexander 
Victor Garber  
Although mistreated by her cruel stepmother and stepsisters, Cinderella is able to attend the royal ball through the help of a fairy godmother. --IMDb
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Black History Month: Octavia Butler

Sunday, February 14, 2021

I was in college when I first read Kindred for an African American Literature class and it was incredible. Octavia Butler became a favorite author after that and I knew I had to include her on this list. 

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Black History Month: Love and Basketball

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Movie Of The Day: 

Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood 
Writer: Gina Prince-Bythewood  
Release: April 21, 2000
Cast
Sanaa Lathan 
 Kyla Pratt 
 Omar Epps 
 Glenndon Chatman 
Alfre Woodard 
 Dennis Haysbert 
Debbi Morgan 
Harry J. Lennix
Monica and Quincy love and play basketball together through many life challenges from childhood to adulthood. --IMDb
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Black History Month: Zora Neale Hurston

Friday, February 12, 2021

I think we all know the masterpiece that is Our Eyes Were Watching God so it should be no surprise that I would feature her for this month. 
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Black History Month: The Hate U Give

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Movie Of The Day: 

Director: George Tillman Jr. 
Writer: Audrey Wells (screenplay), Angie Thomas (book)  
Release: October 19, 2019
Cast
Amandla Stenberg 
Regina Hall 
Russell Hornsby 
Anthony Mackie 
Issa Rae 
Common 
Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Now, facing pressure from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what's right. --IMDb
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Black History Month: Audre Lorde

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

 I was first introduced to Audre Lorde in college during one of my Women and Gender Studies classes. I read her "Age, Race, Class and Sex: Women Redefining Difference" for a paper which led me to read a variety of other works by her. 

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Black History Month Movie: Just Wright

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Movie Of The Day: 

Director: Theodore Melfi 
Writer: Allison Schroeder, Theodore Melfi, Margot Lee Shetterly 
Release: May 14, 2010
Cast
Queen Latifah
Common
Paula Patton
James Pickens Jr. 
A physical therapist falls for the basketball player she is helping recover from a career-threatening injury. --IMDb
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Black History Month: Toni Morrison

Monday, February 8, 2021

Choosing five quotes of Toni Morrison's to feature was beyond hard. She's such a prolific writer and there are so many places to choose from. But here are five that, at this moment in my life, is important to me. 

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Black History Month Movie: Hidden Figures

Sunday, February 7, 2021

Movie Of The Day: 

Director: Theodore Melfi 
Writer: Allison Schroeder, Theodore Melfi, Margot Lee Shetterly 
Release: January 6, 2017
Cast
Taraji P. Henson
Octavia Spencer
Janelle Monáe
Kevin Costner 
Kirsten Dunst 
Jim Parsons 
Mahershala Ali   
The story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program.
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Black History Month: Alice Walker

Saturday, February 6, 2021

Alice Walker was another Black woman I knew I wanted to feature this month. The Color Purple is not only an incredible book but one that has stood the test of time. The book won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction making Walker the first Black woman to win the award. Her work as a writer and activism is well known. She is known for her fiction and poetry work. 
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Black History Month Movie: Akeelah and the Bee

Friday, February 5, 2021

Movie Of The Day: 

Director: Doug Atchison 
Writer: Doug Atchison 
Release: April 28, 2006 
Cast
 Angela Bassett
Laurence Fishburne
Keke Palmer   
A young girl from South Los Angeles tries to make it to the National Spelling Bee.--IMDb
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Black History Month: Gwendolyn Brooks

Thursday, February 4, 2021

I was first introduced to Gwendolyn Brooks and her work when I was in my high school English class. I don't entirely remember how I got to the list, but I was looking at Pulitzer Prize winning writers. As I made my way through the years I found out that Gwendolyn Brooks was the first Black person to receive the prize. I ended up reading some of her poetry and I became a fan. I knew I wanted to feature her when it came to this month. 

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Black History Month Movie: Jingle Jangle

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Movie Of The Day: 

Director: David E. Talbert
Writer: David E. Talbert
Release: November 13, 2020 
Cast: 
Forest Whitaker
Keegan-Michael Key 
Hugh Bonneville 
Anika Noni Rose 
Madalen Mills 
Phylicia Rashad 
Ricky Martin 

An imaginary world comes to life in a holiday tale of an eccentric toymaker, his adventurous granddaughter, and a magical invention that has the power to change their lives forever.--IMDb
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Black History Month: Maya Angelou

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

I knew that I wanted to feature several Black women during this month and as a writer myself, I wanted to feature writers. There was no way I could not feature Maya Angelou for this month. I have been reading her words since I was in middle school but I still have moments of awe with her work. So in this post I want to feature five quotes by Maya Angelou that I really love. 
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Black History Month Movie: Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse

Monday, February 1, 2021

Movie Of The Day: 

Director: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman  
Writer(s): Phil Lord, Rodney Rothman, Phil Lord 
Release:December 18, 2018 
Cast
Shameik Moore
Jake Johnson
Hailee Steinfeld
Mahershala Ali
Brian Tyree Henry
Lily Tomlin
Luna Lauren Velez
Zoë Kravitz
John Mulaney
Kimiko Glenn
Nicolas Cage
Kathryn Hahn
Liev Schreiber
Chris Pine
Teen Miles Morales becomes the Spider-Man of his universe, and must join with five spider-powered individuals from other dimensions to stop a threat for all realities.--IMDb

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