March 15, 2023
Movies celebrate Black joy
Bring the Black Joy Film Series home!
Keep the movie marathon going with picks inspired by the titles selected for the in-person film series. These movies span the decades and cross genres to celebrate Black joy and the Black experience.
Music and art
A New York jazz musician suddenly finds himself stuck between Earth and the afterlife.
The true story of prolific rapper, actor, poet and activist Tupac Shakur, from his early days in New York City through his evolution into one of the world’s most influential voices before his untimely death at the age of 25.
Three female, African American soul singers try to come to terms with fame as they become an overnight success as a pop group.
Never-before-seen footage from the Harlem Cultural Festival in the summer of 1969 features concert performances by Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sly and the Family Stone, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Mahalia Jackson, B.B. King, The 5th Dimension and more.
Fantasy and action
King T'Challa returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to serve as new leader, but soon finds that he is challenged for the throne from divisions within his own country.
Apollo Creed's son Adonis Johnson turns to his late father's friend Rocky Balboa to train him to be a fighter.
A teenage boy living in New York City pursues his dream of becoming a martial arts master.
F. Gary Gray
Four poor black women try to get some payback from the social system which has abused them by a staging a series of bank robberies.
Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman
Spider-Man crosses parallel dimensions and teams up with the Spider-Men of those dimensions to stop a threat to all reality.
Eleven year-old Akeelah decides to participate in a spelling bee to avoid detention for her many absences. Much to her surprise and embarrassment, she wins.
A collision of worlds when two African-American families from divergent socioeconomic backgrounds get together one weekend in Martha's Vineyard for a wedding.
After a woman is diagnosed with a terminal illness, she decides to spend her last few weeks having fun and spending her life savings.
Whoopi Goldberg returns as the lounge singer who goes undercover as a nun to help an ailing inner-city school.
When a student in Los Angeles, whose dream is to attend Harvard, attends an underground party, he has the chance to go from geek to dope.
Malcolm D. Lee
When four lifelong friends travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered and there's enough dancing, drinking, brawling and romancing to make the Big Easy blush.
I work in adult services at Old Worthington Library. My hobbies include painting, writing music and playing videogames. I really enjoy fantasy and sci-fi stories with lots of action and adventure.