1. 5 Documentaries We Want To See On The Big Screen
This year, the NAACP Image Awards honored five great films with nominations for Best Documentary. Take a look at stories ranging from post-war life to 20th century sports icons that are up for the coveted trophy.
2. HBO’s Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown, directed by Alex Gibney
We all know the music legend that is James Brown. But what do we know of him before he was crowned the Godfather of Soul? This tribute to the legend contained never before seen videos and photos of Brown earlier in his career, as well as commentary on his life in South Carolina and efforts in joining the Civil Rights movement. The film was produced by fellow rock icon Mick Jagger.
3. PBS’s American Experience: Freedom Summer, directed by Stanley Nelson
“Freedom Summer” was a deeper look into the heatwave of 1964 when 700 student volunteers and African-Americans joined forces to desegregate Mississippi’s voting system. Developed were the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and Freedom Schools where anyone could place a ballot. Yet the journey was challenging as racists fought back to keep locals and their rights as separated possible.