Happy Black History Month, friends! Here’s some goodness to get your February started out right.
Watch: The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975
The Black Power movement is an obscured piece of American history. The demand for the protection of Black Americans’ civil rights did not begin nor end with the Civil Rights Movement. Powerful voices from the Black Power movement- like the smokin’ hot, intellectual, and brave Huey Newton and Stokley Carmichael – have somehow been left out of our history. This documentary utilizes footage that has never been compiled before, and makes it viewable to the public. Not only does the film give an accurate and compelling account of an important historical time, but the words and moments captured are incredibly empowering.
Film is available for streaming on Netflix.
Listen: “Black History Salute,” Spotify playlist.
Without a doubt, Spotify is the queen of playlists. “Black History Salute” is a combination of historically Black activist anthems, contemporary Black artists, sound clips of activists and Black icons speaking, and of course, the classic soul that proves we have long passed the golden era of music and that the best music has, in fact, been born from oppression.
Read: Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates
Coates has become a critical Black voice in recent years of scholarly writing. In what has been praised as his best work to-date, Coates writes a public letter to his teenage son. He goes through deconstructing racial formation in the United States, race’s implications on Black bodies and livelihood, and his own process of coming to terms with his Blackness. He offers his son an honest testimony of coming-to-age in an oppressive state, and along the way, he continues to confront his own identity and realities. His words will both haunt you and inspire you to think about your position in the world.
Quote: “You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” – Maya Angelou.
This quote reminds us to never, ever, be discouraged. Think about all of your “failures” or “defeats.” Didn’t you grow? Didn’t you learn something? Aren’t you proud to have been through that and to still be here? Nothing will ever be a failure if you are committed to your own growth.