4. Last Holiday (2006)
Director Wayne Wang gets it right with Last Holiday starring Latifah and LL Cool J. In this revamped version the main character Georgia Byrd, an African American woman with a great smile and big dreams.
We watch on as this character takes a trip to the doctor and she gets some life altering news which leads to a series of life changes. Though the story line is predictable, it’s a good predictable with a star-studded cast that leaves you feeling good.
Last Holiday holds a spot in the top six because of the clear message reminding us to all live in the moment because tomorrow isn’t guaranteed. Warning: keep a snack on hand and eat before watching this film because your eyes will be sending signals to your stomach.
5. The Watsons Go to Birmingham (2013)
The Watsons Go to Birmingham is an uplifting film based on the Christopher Paul Curtis book with the same name. This film plays on the lighter side of storytelling whereas the book really gives you a lot of hard and cruel truths. The movie differs as it is geared towards the whole family to watch together and open up discussions about African American history and racism. As we are introduced to the Watsons, we see characters that we all know in real life despite the time setting. The Watsons Go to Birmingham finds itself in the Top 6 because this Hallmark Movie makes people feel like they too, can do something in this real life battle against hate and racism.
6. The Pursuit of Happyness (2013)
Based on a true story, this inspiring film follows an African American man trying to live his life right and lead by example for his son after a run of bad luck. The movie looks at the journey of Chris Gardner and how his life changed for the better coming from barely anything to becoming an investor making millions. Will Smith has always had a knack for taking on roles that let the viewer feel connected to the character, and this film is no different. This movie holds a spot in the Top 6 because this movie will leave you with a smile and in the mood to pursue your own happiness.
That’s All Folks
That about concludes our top 6 African American Films on Netflix right now. These six films were selected because they go beyond stereotypes and tell our stories whether based on truth or fiction, the right way. The casting of these movies are undeniably on point, and the storylines pull you in like the moon pulls on the tide. Just because the Oscars will not recognize the African American contributions to the entertainment industry doesn’t mean that we won’t. With Netflix adding more movie options every month the watching possibilities are endless. After watching these films be sure to head back to this post and leave a comment about your thoughts on these selected productions.
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