Discover Black films and books selected by Digital Content Contributor and senior Radio/TV/Film major Jabreeah Holmes of Camden County. A film student and fan, Jabreeah shares her recommendations with Rowan students.
I love watching movies, no matter what genre. The movies and books on this list deal with trauma, historical heroes, racism, laughter, empowerment and so much more.
- “Coldest Winter Ever” by Sister Souljah
A rebellious daughter tries to survive on her own
- “Becoming” by Michelle Obama
The memoir of former United States First Lady Michelle Obama
- “The Color Purple” by Alice Walker
A story of a life of trauma but overcoming it
- “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou
Autobiography of Maya Angelou
- “Dancing in the Wings” by Debbie Allen
A story of a young Black girl trying to follow her dreams
- “True to the Game” by Teri Woods
Finding love in the hard streets of Philadelphia
- “PUSH” by Sapphire
Follows a resilient teenager surviving a life of trauma
- “The Hate You Give” by Angie Thomas
A Black teenage girl witnesses her friend get killed by a police officer and has to decide if she should keep quiet or use her voice.
- “The Autobiography of Malcolm X” by Malcolm X & Alex Haley
A series of in-depth interviews between Malcolm X and Alex Haley.
- “I Can’t Make This Up” by Kevin Hart
Travel down memory lane with Kevin Hart.
The life of three students trying to overcome stereotypes
Chiron’s journey to manhood
- “Antwone Fisher”
A story of a black sailor trying to find answers to his past.
- “The Birth of a Nation”
Nat Turner’s “quest for justice and freedom that leads to a violent and historic rebellion in Southampton County.”
- “American Skin”
A father seeks justice when police kill his unarmed son.
- “Just Mercy”
The fate of an African American male in the judicial system in Alabama in 1987.
Troy Maxson lives in the past, affecting his loved ones.
Fighting battles of prejudice in the Jim Crow South
- “One Night in Miami”
Four influential men are imagined together for one night during the Civil Rights movement.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his followers march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala. for the right to vote for African Americans.
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Jabreeah Holmes, senior radio/TV/film major
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