Happy Juneteenth! Times are really changing. Several states and companies have declared Juneteenth a paid holiday and people all over the world are learning about its history.
In celebration of Juneteenth, here are 5 movies that showcase the nuance of black life. Black people are not a monolith. We are not only here to experience pain, we feel joy and love and excitement.
Let’s get into it.
Let’s start off with the movie named after the holiday. Miss Juneteenth came out TODAY so y’all better go check it out. You can rent it on all major platforms like Google Play, Amazon, Virtual Cinemas, etc.
Spider-Man Into the Spiderverse
If y’all haven’t seen Into the Spider-Verse by now, you’re real deal missing out. It’s on Netflix and so worth the watch. I’m a sucker for cartoons but watching this movie felt like watching a comic book come to life, it’s truly a work of art.
This was such a lighthearted and fun movie. Issa Rae is one of my personal faves in film and TV industry. Issa and Kumail Nanjiani’s comedy styles work really well together and it’s such a fun film.
See You Yesterday
I don’t understand why I wasn’t hearing more about See You Yesterday when it first came out. It’s a pretty dope movie, produced by Spike Lee. It even has a 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Yes it involves police brutality but it also includes time travel and black kids trying to be kids while also being nerdy.
This is probably the only movie I remember Nick Cannon in but boy do I remember it. As far as I’m concerned, Drumline is going down in history as a classic.
If you’re looking for more suggestions to watch this weekend, check out the full Joyful Juneteenth Watchlist on my blog.