Family, we could very well be in the middle of a new Golden Age of Black TV and Cinema.
In 2016, Moonlight — which boasted not just an all-black cast but also a mostly black crew — won Best Picture at the Academy Awards while the searing documentaries O.J.: Made in America, 13th and I Am Not Your Negro were nominated for Oscars (with O.J.: Made in America taking home the prize.)
2017 alone has blessed us with Everything, Everything, a coming-of-age drama starring Amandla Stenberg and directed by Stella Meghie; Rebel, a BET series about a black woman cop turned private investigator who seeks to avenge the death of her brother; The Breaks, a VH1 series about a young woman’s climb through the ranks of a music label during the ’90s era of hip-hop; the return of Queen Sugar and Insecure, and the debut of Snowfall, a series about the crack epidemic in the 1980s, produced by John Singleton.
Recently, news broke that Barry Jenkins is adapting James Baldwin’s If Beale Street Could Talk into a film. And in 2018, Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle in Time and Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther will hit the big screens. Not to mention, we’ll soon be getting forthcoming movies from indie filmmakers Nijla Mu’min (Jinn) and Tchaiko Omawale (Solace), as well as Tracee Ellis Ross possibly adding fuel to calls of her playing Magic School Bus star, Miss Frizzle.
…now what’s this I hear about some of you wanting me to play Ms. Frizzle on The Magic School Bus? Tell me more…
— Tracee Ellis Ross (@TraceeEllisRoss) July 14, 2017
Black filmmakers’ stories are being given a platform at a pace that arguably hasn’t been seen since the ’90s; so I decided to dream up 10 more movies black folks needed like yesterday. It’s our time. Let’s do this.