Great things happen in February. Family birthdays, Valentine’s Day and all month long, it’s Black History Month. Our government will have events all month long, but in case you can’t get to Washington, celebrate in your own living room. The following is a list of movies and/or television shows that I’ve loved in my lifetime that pay tribute to great actors who have contributed to the African American history of our country.
- One of my all-time favorite movies is To Sir with Love with Sidney Poitier.
- “The Jeffersons” were on most Sunday nights in my childhood. I loved George and Louise. One of my favorite quotes from the show is where Louise said to George, “Your nose is so high you need a 10 foot pole to pick it!”
- The Cosby Show – of course!
- Another favorite in my childhood was, “The Flip Wilson Show.” My favorite character was Geraldine.
- Morgan Freeman does an excellent job as Hoke, the chauffeur in Driving Miss Daisy. I also loved him in The Shawshank Redemption and Million Dollar Baby.
- Denzel Washington has so many movies, there’s almost no way to narrow them down. My favorites are Remember the Titans, Glory, The Pelican Brief, and Philadelphia.
- The Help is filled with great actresses.
- Oprah and Whoopi Goldberg in The Color Purple.
- I’m currently in love with Kerry Washington of “Scandal” fame.
- Who can forget the 70’s film, Shaft, with Richard Roundtree playing John Shaft? He was “hotter than Bond and cooler than Bullitt”. The music in this movie is historic all by itself.
- Jamie Foxx in Django Unchained.
- The Pursuit of Happiness and Hitch are my two Will Smith favorites, not to mention his “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” sitcom.
- And last but not least, Samuel L. Jackson stole my heart in A Time to Kill. Another movie that I could watch over and over again.
February can be cold and dreary. Brighten your days with great entertainment during Black History month. Invite a few friends over and have a movie night. Better yet, order Flip Wilson, The Jeffersons or Good Times from Amazon Prime and take your own journey into black history. Dress up like Geraldine or Hoke and Miss Daisy. There’s so much to choose from to make it a month full of laughs. Start now and share with me how you celebrate.