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Works by Black Artists: The Best Way to Honor BHM

Broadway and the art scene, in general, are a place where everyone can show off their talent. Here are some amazing works by black artists to see during Black History Month!

I Am Not Your Negro

James Baldwin probably doesn’t need an introduction, but that’s not that important; this film is perhaps as important as it was when he wrote it in the 1970s. Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson and based on Baldwin’s unfinished “Remember the House,” the documentary features a collection of his notes and letters from his time in New York City.

I’m not a big fan of James Baldwin’s work, but it’s still one of the most important works in the history of black art.

I May Destroy You

The British drama, which was developed, written, directed, and produced by Michaela Coel, follows Arabella (played by Coel) as she attempts to rebuild her life after being raped and follows her on her own journey of self-discovery and redemption. It is available to stream on HBO Max and will stream on Netflix, as well as on Amazon Prime and Hulu.

Moonlight

Tarell Alvin McCraney has added an Oscar to his box office awards, including the MacArthur Genius Grant, for his award-winning film “Moonlight.”

ASH LAND

The upcoming drama about growing up black and gay is as strong today as it was when it was released in 2016 and will be streamed on Netflix. A new short film being shown at the New York Film Festival’s Black Arts Festival is a story of healing and cultivate joy. Directed by Shariffa Ali, the film shows a black woman who has turned her back on herself, and her torments are only compounded by a pandemic.

The world premiere runs until the end of the month and will be screened at the Black Arts Festival of the New York Film Festival until March 31.

Sit-In

Alliance Theatre is offering author, playwright, and activist Pearl Cleage the opportunity to stream the play as an animated short film on the Atlanta-based theater group’s YouTube channel. The short film, which stars four friends standing or sitting in front of a screen in a black – and white – theater in the heart of New York City, celebrates the ability and power of youth to change history.

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Even if you may not be ready to watch “The Wiz” or “Dreamgirls” again, if you’re looking for a fun movie musical that isn’t about the holiday vibe of Jingle Jangle (or anyone), come to the Disney version of the musical starring Whitney Houston as Brandy. Based on the 1940 Broadway musical of the same name, the film is darkened with the help of music by Eddie Izzard, Eddie Vedder, and Eddie Murphy, not to mention Duke Ellington and his orchestra. Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” will be streamed on Disney on February 12, so sit back and let yourself in.

Cabin in the Sky

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 the musical’s place in film history, the musical was written and produced by white men, which caused controversy for years when it was restaged.

Black History month gives us to get to know more about those works by black artists. We are sure you’ll love them!

Love songs? Got ’em!