Black History Month is nearly over. However, let’s give it a glorious ending by sharing these black art masterpieces!
Tarell Alvin McCraney has added an Oscar to his film awards, including the MacArthur Genius Grant, for his award-winning film Moonlight.
Moonlight is streaming on Netflix, but the upcoming drama about growing up black and gay is as powerful today as it was when it was released in 2016. Directed by Shariffa Ali, the film shows a black woman who has turned her back on herself and her torment, which is only made worse by a pandemic. A new short film to be shown at the New York International Film Festival in February is a story of healing and cultivating joy.
The world premiere runs until the end of the month and can be pre-ordered on the website of the New York International Film Festival.
Alliance Theatre is offering author, playwright and activist Pearl Cleage the opportunity to stream the play as an animated short film on the Theater Group Atlanta’s YouTube channel. While four friends stand or sit in front of a black-and-white photo of the US Supreme Court, the short film celebrates the ability and power of youth to change history as it stands and sits.
Even if you’re not ready to watch “The Wiz” or “Dreamgirls” again, if you’re looking for a fun movie musical that doesn’t cater to everyone’s holiday mood of “Jingle Jangle,” the Disney version of the musical starring Whitney Houston as Brandy will come in with a bang. Based on the 1940 Broadway musical of the same name, this film is black in every sense, from the music and lyrics to Eddie Izzard’s lyrics, not to mention Duke Ellington and his orchestra. Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella will be streamed on Disney on February 12 and on Netflix in the US on February 13.
The musical follows Little Joe Jackson after his death, when he returns to Earth to prove that he deserves to be in heaven. While the black cast cemented their place in film history, the musical was written and produced by white men, which caused controversy after controversy every time it was restaged.
These black art masterpieces on Broadway are certainly a thing to enjoy not only in Black History Month!