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Okay guys, we’ve made it to part 2! Now before I go on with this list of films, I just want to say this list of films are my personal opinion. There are so many great black films out there and I know I’m leaving some out, but these particular films helped shape me into the black woman I am today. I first watched these films at a time where I was either vulnerable and needed some light or I was curious to know more about my history. WIth that being said let’s get right to it.

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Fruitvale Station is Michael B. Jordan’s breakout role. The film is based on the true story of Oscar Grant who was murdered by police on New Year’s Eve. Absolutely heartbreaking. I’ve only seen this film once but the images are burned into my head. Available on Tubi for free. 

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The documentary I Am Not Your Negro explores the Civil Rights’ Movement through author James Baldwin’s eyes. Through his own accounts and opinions on civil rights leaders such as Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and racial tensions in the United States. Now I LOVE James Baldwin so I was so happy to see this film. Poetic and unforgettable. Available on Kanopy for free. 

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Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing explores racial inequality in the 1980s Brooklyn. I first watched this film when I was about 12 and I was so uncomfortable and scared of the confrontational scenes lol - the close up, in your face scenes. I got to watch it again last year and it just all made sense. Y’all either have to rent it or watch it on an illegal site. :(

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God I love this movie! Paris is Burning explores drag queens and the ballroom scene in 1980s Harlem. This movie is glamorous, it’s real, it’s raw, it’a absolutely beautiful. If you’re watching “Pose” on FX, then you need to watch this film! Available for free on Youtube. | Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xf6Cn2y2xEc

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The Watermelon Woman is a film about a lesbian filmmaker who begins researching an actress that normally portrays “mammy” roles (a black nanny who takes care of white children). This journey inspires her own life. Available on Kanopy for free. 

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BONUS: I can’t do this list without mentioning this film. Dear White People talks about the aftermath of an offensive blackface Halloween party hosted by a humor magazine. There’s also a Netflix series that’s just as great. Fact: both the film and show were filmed at my alma mater, UCLA. And during my freshman year (2015), there was a blackface party at a frat house that caused controversy. Smh. Y’all either have to rent it or watch it on an illegal site. :(

FINISHED! I plan to do similar lists for music and books that are special to me. Stay safe out there.

Love, Kimye 

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does anyone else really struggle to watch movies?? like, I like some movies and all, but most of time I find myself mentally wandering and staring into space about halfway through, and I get bored with the same plot for the whole time. I can just about manage shorter films, or maybe films when I’m really into them, but most of the time I just…. can’t

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