Like books and music, few things in this world can make us lose ourselves quite like good films. They make us laugh, cry, discover our history, and even shape our identities. We're celebrating Black History Month by taking a look at 25 memorable films (in no particular order) that brilliantly capture the Black experience. Enjoy!
"Malcolm X" (1992)
"When it was released in ’92, Spike Lee’s Malcolm X was not only a movie but a movement. Suddenly kids in the neighborhood were proudly wearing baseball caps and sweatshirts emblazoned with that giant “X,” and Alex Haley’s 1965 biography, upon which the film is based, became a must-read. Because finally, we saw the celebration of a civil rights hero different from the ones we learned about in school — an icon who, as played by Denzel Washington in an Oscar-worthy performance, was fiery, fearless and free-thinking." —Dawnie Walton, Managing Editor, ESSENCE.com