Straight Outta Compton (Amazon – Trailer)
Released exactly a year after the Ferguson Protests, this biopic documents the meteoric rise and fall of the rap group, N.W.A. Obviously the music throughout is incredible, but the film also confronts the harsh realities of police brutality and being Black as N.W.A finds their voice in 1980s Compton.
Do The Right Thing (Amazon – Trailer)
One of my favorite Spike Lee joints, I appreciate this film for its cultural impact and the message that has stood the test of time. It gets heavy, lines are drawn and crossed, but it will also amp you up if you’re looking for motivation to get active. Long Live Radio Raheem!
The Hate U Give (Hulu – Trailer)
This powerful and racially charged film reflects the world today’s teens inhabit. In the adaptation of Angie Thomas’s bestselling novel, Amandla Stenberg plays Starr, one of the few black students in her private high school. She witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood friend by a cop and must decide whether to testify.
Just Mercy (Amazon – Trailer)
This is a powerful true story about the Equal Justice Initiative and the importance of confronting injustice. The best selling book and feature film starring Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx follows a young lawyer, Bryan Stevenson and his battle for justice as he defends a man sentenced to death despite evidence proving his innocence.
Selma (Amazon – Trailer)
Selma is a chronicle of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and his pursuit for equal voting rights, centered on the historic 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. Starring David Oyelow as Dr. King, the story follows his dangerous three-month campaign to secure equal voting rights, culminating in President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965. If you need a film to spark some major inspiration, check this one out this weekend.