The volume of content we consume these days is essential to our mental health, especially during a global pandemic. Although many states are issuing early re-opening phases, the number of outdoor activities is still limited, and most of us are opting to stay indoors as a safety precaution. Adapting to this “new normal” has been challenging, but one of the best forms of relief is entertainment. Instead of staying glued to the news, gather your family for a movie date, schedule a Zoom watch party with your girls, or have a solo night enjoying one of your favorite rom-coms.
Whether it brings back nostalgic memories, keeps you laughing until your stomach aches, or eases your mind for 90 minutes straight, check out this must-watch list of some old and some new movies we’re sure you’ll love!
Showcasing how wine can change your life trajectory in just one bottle is refreshing to see across our TV screens, especially since many would consider this a rarity. Unfortunately, Black sommeliers and movies centering around this are very few and far between. It is a candid tale of hard-work, family legacy, and the emotional journey to fulfill aspirations. The cast starring Niecy Nash, Courtney B. Vance, and Mamoudou Athie delivers a storyline deeply rooted in love, humor, and modesty.
Thanks to COVID-19, this release was moved from theaters to streaming services just in time for the Memorial Day weekend. A typical day turned into a comedic “nightmare” for these two Lovebirds, which forces Issa Rae and her beau to go on the run. The film is an entertaining rollercoaster of events that take viewers on a hilarious ride as the New Orleans couple inch closer to clearing their names and solving a murder mystery.
Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker (2020)
This four-part limited series is worth a watch and will leave you wanting to learn more about the life and legacy of Madam C.J. Walker, the first Black woman credited as a self-made millionaire and other figures portrayed throughout the series. Featuring an all-star line-up with Hollywood heavy-hitters including Octavia Spencer, Tiffany Haddish, and Blair Underwood, this Netflix original shares the dynamics of friendship, colorism, gender roles, entrepreneurship and harnessing the power of sisterhood. In its entirety, the series is a great conversation starter!
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She Did That (2019)
Do you try to incorporate a regimen that includes daily affirmations or gaining a source of inspiration? Believe it or not, what you visualize, speak into existence, and often think about can and will come to fruition with the proper tools, skill sets, and hard work behind it, of course! There’s no denying representation is vital, which is why highlighting the fearlessness, ambitions, and tenacious spirits of Black women CEOs who are charting new paths in their prospective fields is must-watch TV. From beauty bosses to financial experts, take some time this weekend to learn about their passionate pursuits and entrepreneurship journeys. You never know it may inspire you to get those creative juices flowing.
Always a Bridesmaid (2019)
Do you have a friend who is always rooting for everyone to win in both love and romance? But she hasn’t had much luck in finding the one that’s perfect for her. In this romantic comedy, written and co-starring actress Yvette Nicole Brown, the film takes us on an exploration of the value of friendship, dating and teaches us lessons about self-value and love both in the platonic and romantic form. It also takes a deep-dive into the subject, “Is love and marriage for everyone?”
Love Dot Com (2019)
Quarantine and chill? Who says you have to experience this cabin fever and holiday weekend in an isolated cocoon away from bae? Now, if you and your significant other are married or dating together in the same house, then this is the perfect movie for the two of you to cuddle while getting in a good laugh. But even if you and your partner are apart, then make it a virtual movie night! Filled with funny moments and insightful touch points, after seeing this film, we’re sure it will spark an interesting conversation on dating and relationships for both of you.
Nappily Ever After (2018)
Although challenging, right now, more than ever, we have the opportunity to enjoy this solo kickback or family time to try and disconnect from the outside world and noise that may cause anxiety and confusion on a day-to-day basis. But also, during this time, we should keep in mind that self-care is an essential element, and we should still try to incorporate a form of it into our daily routines. This film starring actress Sanaa Lathan serves as the perfect reminder that self-love is the best love. Nappily Ever After explores the journey of a young woman who is trying to piece her life back together and takes you on a journey of emotional pain, healing, and ultimately self-discovery.
School Daze (1988)
Although we’re all adulting, some of the best memories many of us hold tight are the golden years of our time in college. But if you attended an HBCU, this takes on an entirely new meaning. From homecoming games to Greek step shows and being engulfed in Black excellence daily, your time on campus can be described as a transformative and enlightening experience. While you’re working from home, take a walk down memory lane and watch this cult classic from Academy Award-winning director and Morehouse man Spike Lee.