Tessa Claire Hersh @welliTclaire and The fellas of Black Men Can’t Jump (In Hollywood) Podcast
@blackmenpodcast came up with a great idea for February 2018- black out your entertainment for the entire month!
Check out my Spotify playlist here: https://goo.gl/8PxKEe
That means only participating in entertainment created by and starring (where applicable) black people in order to support the culture and exposure. This is probably easiest for movies, TV, and podcasts, but can apply to anything else that you can think of, like music and books and magazines and blogs and?
Recently I watched ‘The Preacher’s Wife’, ‘Almost Christmas’, and ‘Barber Shop’ for the first time, and really liked all of them- so I’m really excited about this mission. Here is my plan for February.
Already Completed, Or In Progress:
Black Men Can’t Jump (In Hollywood) (Podcast) – I’m obviously sticking with this one- it has become one of my favorites over the past year and a half. I fully recommend it to anybody.
The Read (Podcast) – Thanks to my friend Dr.Ro @Rodzillatron1 for showing me this one. OH HAPPY DAAAAYYYY!
Dear White People (TV Version) – Available on Netflix. Loved the first season, and can’t wait for the second.
Blackish – A few episodes are available for free on the ABC app/website, but this show alone makes paying for Hulu worth it.
Family Matters – Available on Hulu. Watching this with my daughter and wife- it’ still as fun now as it was then.
Diary of a Mad Black Woman – I’ve heard nothing but bad things about Tyler Perry movies, but I thought it was perfect for Valentine’s Day movie night with the wife. We both really liked it! I might even check out more Madea’s now.
Fruitvale Station – Netflix – thanks again
@blackmenpodcast – Don’t know what I’d do without you. (This movie was quality, yet heartbreaking- I don’t think I’ll be watching it again.)
Black Panther! – My wife and daughter and I all went to see this week 2 (where even more ticket sales records were broken) and we all loved it. This movie could single-handedly fix the broken and cliche super hero mess we’ve been drug through the past several years.
Boomerang – Netflix – I loved this one in highschool, and it still rules. One of the best rom-coms ever. Does not deserve the current 5.4 on IMDB or the 40% on Rotten Tomatoes- don’t believe either of them.
Set It Off – Netflix – Great action movie with heart-felt relationships between the girls- I actually cared about every single one of them. That’s not an easy task in a 2 hour movie.
Metor Man – Not sure why, but I watched this about two dozen times in 94/95. My wife and I really enjoyed it, but my daughter was like “why does the flying look so bad?” Haha… valid question Kayli. The special effects were hilarious at times. I still don’t know if it was intentional or not.
Sister Act 1&2 – Ignore the ratings on #2! It’s a little silly and cliche and predictable, but who cares. The soundtrack is on fire, and (you can see a theme forming here) the relationships are believable and powerful. And of course the first one is still as great as it ever was.
I Still Plan On Watching These
Black Dynamite – Black Men Can’t Jump have introduced me to so many movies- I thank them dearly. This is the newest entry.
227 – I also loved this one as a kid- hope I can find it somewhere. As yet, I can’t even find bootleg copies.
Death at a Funeral (2010) – I heard this remake of the 2007 British version sucks, but I’m going to check it out anyway because I’m curious.
Soul Food – Same as above; loved this in high school.
Undercover Brother – saw this in the theater with a bunch of friends- loved it
The Ladies Man – also saw this in the theater with a bunch of friends- also loved it
Help me with more ideas! Please post comments if you have anything for me. I’ll update it as I go. Happy Black History Month!
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