Here’s your weekly round up of all things GOOD!

  • Firstly, in the city of Ferguson, Missouri, where historic protests were held in 2014 after the death of Michael Brown, residents have made history yet again after electing their first ever black mayor in city councilwoman Ella Jones. On her election she said, “My election gives people hope, everybody is looking for a change, everybody wants to have a better way of life.”

Mayor-elect Jones has promised to further the work started after the 2014 protests, including on the federal consent decree, a legal agreement that requires reform to a police department.Mayor-elect Jones has promised to further the work started after the 2014 protests, including on the federal consent decree, a legal agreement that requires reform to a police department.

Mayor-elect Jones has promised to further the work started after the 2014 protests, including on the federal consent decree, a legal agreement that requires reform to a police department.

  • After damage to streets in areas across the US, many people across the country have been coming together to clean up and support local businesses. In Minneapolis, hundreds of volunteers turned up to pick up and clean up rubbish, glass and debris.

  • In Washington DC, singer Kenny Sway led a group of protesters in a rendition of ‘Lean on Me’ by the late Bill Withers. Videos of the event were posted all over social media

  • Protests have not just been taking place in the USA but all over the world. From Brazil to Sudan to Germany, people have been speaking out in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and acknowledging the issues in their own countries. Here on the Isle of Man there is a silent and peaceful protest happening Tuesday (9 June) at the Villa Marina.

  • The Island’s Chief Constable, Gary Roberts posted this blog about the event and his support for the Black Lives Matter movement <3

  • Across the water at the UK protests in London, Star Wars actor John Boyega gave an emotional speech that included his concern that he would not have a career after speaking out. In an overwhelming show of support, people from across the entertainment industry stood by Boyega and ensured his voice would not be silenced after his speech. Filmmakers and actors such as Jordan Peele, Charlie Brooker and Olivie Wilde voiced their support of the actor. Boyega’s Star Wars family also stood by him with Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker himself) tweeting –

  • Finally, in a reflection on the inter-generational effort needed to make change, young people across the world have been getting involved to make a difference. In the state of Michigan, Monica Brady-Barnard organised a ‘Kids march for Black Lives Matter’ event to educate her local community and allow any mothers who could not attend protests, due to looking after their children, to show their support.


For our streaming recommendations this week we have focussed on media which can be used to educate on the issue of racism as well as movies and tv shows from black filmmakers and actors.

Movies and TV Series to Educate

  • 13th (Netflix) – 13th is a documentary by Ava DuVernay about how the prison system in the USA has been weaponised against people of colour due to a clause in the 13th amendment, which saw the abolition of slavery in every state. The film received high praise on its release and is an eye-opening look at how language and supposedly ‘safe’ systems are involved in racial divisions.

  • When They See Us (Netflix) – This four episode mini-series, also by Ava DuVernay, follows the trials of the ‘Central Park 5,’ five teenagers who were wrongfully convicted of a violent crime in 1989. The series spans from the first questioning of the teens after the incident, up to the settlement made with the city of New York in 2014. The series has been praised for its performances, with an Emmy award for lead actor Jharrel Jerome, and for revisiting the conversations around how race played a part in the conviction of the innocent teens.

  • BlacKKKlansman (NowTV/Sky Cinema) – This Spike Lee movie was one of the Best Picture nominees at the 2019 Oscars and is based on the real life story of Ron Stallworth, a black detective who worked with his partner to infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan in 1970s Colorado. Alongside being an amazing watch, the film is also an opportunity to learn about the crimes and attitudes of the KKK and how this often spread through society as a whole.

Other Suggestions: ‘Crime + Punishment’ – a documentary following black and Latino police officers in the NYPD who push back against illegal ‘arrest quotas’ and racist ideas from their leaders and peers. ‘The Hate U Give’ – a movie following a young teen who struggles with doing the right thing after witnessing her friend shot dead by a police officer. ‘Hidden Figures’ – a period drama which explores the journey of three real-life mathematicians in NASA who were pivotal to the early manned space programs whilst facing racial and gender discrimination from their co-workers.

Top Movies by Black Filmmakers and Actors

  • Do The Right Thing (NowTV) – Another Spike Lee movie, this comedy-drama looks at racial tensions in a Brooklyn neighborhood that boil over after an incident with a pizzeria owner and a local resident over a ‘wall of fame.’ The movie is not only directed but also produced, written by and stars Lee, earning him his first academy award nomination for Best Original Screenplay in 1990, before he finally won the award in 2019.

  • Moonlight (iTunes/Google Play) – This Best Picture winner, directed by Barry Jenkins, follows Chiron in three stages of his life as he struggles with his sexuality and identity. The unforgettable movie is an emotional journey that analyses how we view ourselves and features outstanding performances from an all star cast including Oscar winner Mahershala Ali, Janelle Monáe, Naomi Harris and Trevante Rhodes. You may have ignored this movie at the time of its win for not being the most exciting watch but this is truly a movie deserving of the title ‘best picture.’

  • Get Out/Us (iTunes/NowTV) – Jordan Peele directs these two horror/thriller movies that are some of the best of the genre. In Get Out Peele finds a young black man who meets his white girlfriend’s parents for the first time in their overwhelmingly white neighborhood before his journey takes an unexpected turn, starring Daniel Kaluuya and Bradley Whitford, Get Out transcended the genre barrier to be nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars. 

  • Us is a more obvious horror that sees a young family haunted by their doppelgangers who have had enough of living in the shadows. The genius movie stars Lupita Nyong’o in one of the best performances of her career as both mother Adelaide and the chilling ‘Red.’ Us will have you looking behind every door and is truly a must watch. (these recommendations are coming from someone who is not really a horror fan so you know they’re good)

  • Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse (NowTV/Sky Cinema) – This animated superhero movie may have passed you by as yet another Spider-Man reboot. However, the Oscar winning film is one of the best animated movies in recent history and for the first time on the big screen follows Miles Morales instead of Peter Parker. In the film Miles accidentally stumbles on the death of his universe’s Spider-Man, after gaining spider powers himself, and becomes embroiled in a multiverse adventure with spider-people from all over the place. With Spider-Noir, Spider-Gwen and Spider-Pig, this movie may seem like it could be all over the place but is far from it, with some incredible and unique visuals and a story that teaches us that anyone can wear the mask (that will make more sense once you’ve watched it).

Other Suggestions: ‘Sorry To Bother You’ – a slightly bizarre but intriguing film that sees a young telemarketer who puts on a ‘white’ voice to increase his sales swept up in a corporate conspiracy. This scrutiny of capitalism stars Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson and is the directorial debut from Boots Riley. ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ – an Oscar winning romantic-drama by director Barry Jenkins which follows ‘Tish’ who looks to clear her wrongly convicted partner before the birth of their child. The emotionally heavy movie is a timeless look at love and justice. ‘Creed’ – this Rocky spin-off was acclaimed as one of the best of the series and finds Apollo Creed’s secret son ‘Donnie,’ training for the biggest fight of his life under an older Rocky Balboa who is struggling with his own health concerns. Starring Michael B. Jordan and directed by ‘Black Panther’ director Ryan Coogler.

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