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What to Watch

 

Movies & Documentaries

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Combining archival footage with testimony from activists and scholars, director Ava DuVernay's examination of the U.S. prison system looks at how the country's history of racial inequality drives the high rate of incarceration in America.

See You Yesterday
As two teen prodigies try to master the art of time travel, a tragic police shooting sends them on a series of dangerous trips to the past 

King in the Wilderness
King in the Wilderness chronicles the final chapters of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life, revealing a conflicted leader who faced an onslaught of criticism from both sides of the political spectrum.

I Am Not Your Negro
Documentary envisioning the book James Baldwin was never able to finish. 

The Skin We're In
This film marks a distinctly Canadian contribution to the “Black Lives Matter” movement which originated in the US, but which describes a set of systemic injustices and disadvantages faced by all black people living in white-dominated societies.

Just Mercy
Film based on civil rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson’s work on death row in Alabama.

American Son
Film starring Kerry Washington about an estranged interracial couple waiting for their missing son . 

Fruitvale Station
Film starring Michael B. Jordan about the killing of Oscar Grant.

If Beale Street Could Talk
From acclaimed director Barry Jenkins comes this timeless love story set in 1970s Harlem, where a young couple and their families fight for justice – and the promise of the American dream.

Selma
Film that chronicles the marches of the Civil Rights Movement. 

The Hate U Give
A film based on the YA novel offering an intimate portrait of race in America.

Hidden Figures
Three brilliant African-American women at NASA -- Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe) -- serve as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn (Glen Powell) into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation's confidence, turned around the Space Race and galvanized the world.

Becoming
Netflix documentary following Michelle Obama on her book tour. 

Seven Seconds
The death of a 15-year-old African American boy in Jersey City sets off a police cover-up and a search for the truth.

Strong Island
The forces of family, grief and racial injustice converge in this Oscar- nominated documentary exploring the murder of filmmaker Yance Ford’s brother 

Time: The Kalief Browder Story
This series traces the tragic case of Kalief Browder, a Black Bronz teen who spent three horrific years in jail, despite not being convicted of a crime 

Queen and Slim
On a first date, a black man and a black woman are arrested for a minor offence. The situation takes a dramatic turn when the man accidentally kills the police officer.

Black Communities in Canada
The Toronto hoop dream is more alive than ever! Ryan Sidhoo introduces a few of the Queen City’s rising stars in this new feature documentary.

Black and Scottish
In a seminal, identity-defining film, film-maker Stewart Kyasimire gathers together prominent black Scots from all generations to ask: what does it mean to be black and Scottish? 

Farming
Told with brutal honesty, FARMING is an unflinching autobiographical portrait of a young man who must battle the odds and realise that, in a world of hate, his toughest battle will be learning to love himself.

Documentaries to Watch For Self-Education About Racism in Britain & the Black British Experience
Right now, social media is flooded with shows of support for the Black community as they process yet another trauma that has occurred as the result of police brutality. While speaking out online is important, it is the work we do in our daily lives that will make the real difference, and that begins with education about Black history, systematic racism, and white supremacy.

Do the Right Thing
It is the hottest day of the year on a block in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn; a scorching 24-hour period that will change the lives of its residents forever.

Dead Presidents
A Vietnam veteran returns home from the war only to find himself drawn into a life of crime. With the aid of his fellow vets, he plans the ultimate heist.

Get Out
A young African American man visits his Caucasian girlfriend's cursed family estate. Includes Alternate Ending, Deleted Scenes, and more.

To Sleep With Anger
Charles Burnett's beautiful, poetic masterpiece is novelistic in its narrative density and richness of characterization. Harry Mention, an enigmatic drifter from the South, comes to visit an old acquaintance named Gideon, who now lives in South-Central Los Angeles. 

Moonlight
In this acclaimed coming-of-age drama, a young man who grows up poor, Black and gay in a rough Miami neighborhood tries to find his place in the world

LA'92
Stark footage traces decades of police brutality and public uprising leading up to the 1992 acquittal of four LAPD officers filmed beating Rodney King

They Gotta Have Us
Powered by candid recollections from esteemed African-American entertainers, this docuseries traces the history of Black cinema.

The Two Killings of Sam Cooke
While Sam Cooke rose to stardom as a soul singer, his outspoken views on civil rights drew attention that may have contributed to his death at age 33.

Let It Fall
Documentary looking at racial tensions in Los Angeles and the 1992 riots over LAPD officers’ brutal assault on Rodney King.

Whose Streets?
Documentary about the uprising in Ferguson.

The Central Park Five
Documentary from Ken Burns.

A Class Divided
Frontline documentary.

Miss Juneteenth
Film about a former beauty queen and single mom preparing her rebellious teenage daughter for the “Miss Juneteenth” pageant in Texas.

Juneteenth Jamboree
PBS series about the holiday.


TV Shows

Dear White People

Students of color navigate the daily slights and slippery politics of life at an Ivy League college that's not nearly as "post-racial" as it thinks.

When They See Us
Five teens from Harlem become trapped in a nightmare when they are falsely accused of a brutal attack in Central Park. Based on a true story. 

Oprah Winfrey Presents: When They See Us Now
Oprah Winfrey talks with the exonerated men once known as the Central Park Five, plus the cast and producers who tell their story in "When They See Us."

Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker
An African American washerwoman rises from poverty to build a beauty empire and become the first female self-made millionaire. Based on a true story.

Little Fires Everywhere
Based on Celeste Ng’s 2017 bestseller, Little Fires Everywhere follows the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and an enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives. The story explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, the ferocious pull of motherhood – and the danger in believing that following the rules can avert disaster.

Noughts and Crosses
In a dystopian London, Sephy and Callum fall in love despite the odds. Can they breach the divide between the black elite and white underclass? Based on Malorie Blackman's novels.

Insecure
Modern-day black women might be described as strong and confident; in other words, just the opposite of Issa and Molly. As the best friends deal with their own real-life flaws, their insecurities come to the fore as together they cope with an endless series of uncomfortable everyday experiences. Created by co-star Issa Rae and writer/comic Larry Wilmore ("The Daily Show With Jon Stewart"), the comedy series looks at the friendship of two black women in a unique, authentic way. It features the music of both indie and established artists of color, and touches on a variety of social and racial issues that relate to the contemporary black experience.

The Wire
A look at the narcotics scene in Baltimore through the eyes of law enforcers as well as the drug dealers and users.

A Different World
Denise Huxtable arrives for her freshmen year at Hillman College, alma mater of her father Cliff Huxtable. In this first season, Denise injects herself into a campus-wide debate over the role of women in society, participates in traditional school shenanigans, crushes on a teacher and deals with the turbulent relationships of college life.

Watchmen 
Based on the celebrated graphic novel by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, the exciting and dark "Watchmen" takes place in Tulsa, Okla., 34 years after the original story. After a white supremacist attack on the local police department, which leaves only two surviving cops on the beat, laws are passed that allow the cops to hide their identities behind masks. One of these cops, Angela Abar, adopts the identity of Sister Night and fights racists while dealing with the decades-long legacy of the vigilantes.

Black-ish
A fun yet bold look at one man's determination to establish a sense of cultural identity for his family.

Atlanta
Paper Boi? Who the hell is that? I swear everybody want to be a rapper now-a-days


Talks & Discussions

How Studying Privilege Systems Can Strengthen Compassion

Peggy McIntosh at TEDxTimberlaneSchools

Let’s Get to the Root of Racial Injustice
Megan Ming Francis | TEDxRainier

How to Overcome Our Biases? Walk Boldly Towards Them
Our biases can be dangerous, even deadly — as we've seen in the cases of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner, in Staten Island, New York. Diversity advocate Vernā Myers looks closely at some of the subconscious attitudes we hold toward out-groups. She makes a plea to all people: Acknowledge your biases. Then move toward, not away from, the groups that make you uncomfortable. In a funny, impassioned, important talk, she shows us how.

How We’re Priming Some Kids for College and Others for Prison
In the United States, two institutions guide teenagers on the journey to adulthood: college and prison. Sociologist Alice Goffman spent six years in a troubled Philadelphia neighborhood and saw first-hand how teenagers of African-American and Latino backgrounds are funneled down the path to prison — sometimes starting with relatively minor infractions. In an impassioned talk she asks, "Why are we offering only handcuffs and jail time?"

Trevor Noah On George Floyd, Amy Cooper & Racism In Society
The Daily Social Distancing Show

How to Deconstruct Racism, One Headline at a Time
Baratunde Thurston explores the phenomenon of white Americans calling the police on black Americans who have committed the crimes of ... eating, walking or generally "living while black." In this profound, thought-provoking and often hilarious talk, he reveals the power of language to change stories of trauma into stories of healing -- while challenging us all to level up.

An Interview with the Founders of Black Lives Matter 
Born out of a social media post, the Black Lives Matter movement has sparked discussion about race and inequality across the world. In this spirited conversation with Mia Birdsong, the movement's three founders share what they've learned about leadership and what provides them with hope and inspiration in the face of painful realities. Their advice on how to participate in ensuring freedom for everybody: join something, start something and "sharpen each other, so that we all can rise."

Racism Has a Cost for Everyone
Racism makes our economy worse -- and not just in ways that harm people of color, says public policy expert Heather C. McGhee. From her research and travels across the US, McGhee shares startling insights into how racism fuels bad policymaking and drains our economic potential -- and offers a crucial rethink on what we can do to create a more prosperous nation for all. "Our fates are linked," she says. "It costs us so much to remain divided."

How Racism Makes Us Sick
Why does race matter so profoundly for health? David R. Williams developed a scale to measure the impact of discrimination on well-being, going beyond traditional measures like income and education to reveal how factors like implicit bias, residential segregation and negative stereotypes create and sustain inequality. In this eye-opening talk, Williams presents evidence for how racism is producing a rigged system -- and offers hopeful examples of programs across the US that are working to dismantle discrimination.

What it Takes to Be Racially Illiterate
Over the last year, Priya Vulchi and Winona Guo traveled to all 50 US states, collecting personal stories about race and intersectionality. Now they're on a mission to equip every American with the tools to understand, navigate and improve a world structured by racial division. In a dynamic talk, Vulchi and Guo pair the personal stories they've collected with research and statistics to reveal two fundamental gaps in our racial literacy -- and how we can overcome them.

How to Get Serious About Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace
Imagine a workplace where people of all colors and races are able to climb every rung of the corporate ladder -- and where the lessons we learn about diversity at work actually transform the things we do, think and say outside the office. How do we get there? In this candid talk, inclusion advocate Janet Stovall shares a three-part action plan for creating workplaces where people feel safe and expected to be their unassimilated, authentic selves.

These London Protesters Broke Down Systemic Racism in Under 3 Minutes
"If me being proud of being black and being loud about it makes you feel uncomfortable, then you need to check yourself."

Video Series: 10 Famous Black Canadians
In celebration of Black History Month 2020, we've decided to put together this video series on ten famous black Canadians who helped shape our country into what it is today.

Confirmation Bias in 5 Minutes
Confirmation Bias is part of human nature. We all are susceptible to it. But why is it such a universal human condition? And what can we do to move beyond it?

We Cannot Stay Silent About George Floyd
Patriot Act Digital Exclusive | Netflix

Robin DiAngelo on "White Fragility"
Michel Martin interviews Robin DiAngelo, author of “White Fragility,” to talk about what she recognized as her own unconscious bias.

Barack Obama Town Hall 
We work to help leaders change their world—and the world needs changing. The killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the loss of far too many Black lives to list, have left our nation anguished and outraged. While now is a time for grief and anger, it is also a time for resolve. Find resources below to learn what you can do to create a more just and equitable world.

How We Can Win—Why Protests Are Happening?
On Saturday May 30th filmmaker and photographer David Jones of David Jones Media felt compelled to go out and serve the community in some way. He decided to use his art to try and explain the events that were currently impacting our lives. On day two, Sunday the 31st, he activated his dear friend author Kimberly Jones to tag along and conduct interviews. During a moment of downtime he captured these powerful words from her and felt the world couldn’t wait for the full length documentary, they needed to hear them now.

James Corden and White Privilege
As James Corden shares ways people can help in the fight against racial injustice and inequality in the United States, one of his writers, Olivia Harewood explains how James's inherited privilege is a tool he and other white people can use for good.

Black and British: A Forgotten Empire 
Historian David Olusoga explores the enduring relationship between Britain and people whose origins lie in Africa.

Explained | Racial Wealth Gap
Cory Booker and others discuss how slavery, housing discrimination and centuries of inequality have compounded to create a racial wealth gap.

LinkedIn Speaker Series: Dr. Jennifer Eberhardt  (Unconscious Bias)
Unconscious bias can be at work without our realizing it, and even when we genuinely wish to treat all people equally, ingrained stereotypes can affect our visual perception, attention, memory, and behavior. This has an impact on education, employment, housing, and criminal justice. In Biased, with a perspective that is scientific, investigative, and informed by personal experience, Dr. Jennifer Eberhardt offers us insights into the dilemma and a path forward.

Become an Inclusive Leader
Leaders at all levels are called on now more than ever to close the gap on what is promised and what is practiced in the area of diversity and inclusion. Learn how to lead an organization that includes everyone and leverages the diverse talents of all contributors.

Black Employees Will No Longer Put Up with Status Quo
Meryl Afrika, president of the Canadian Association of Urban Financial Professionals (CAUFP) joins BNN Bloomberg to talk about what corporate Canada should be thinking about when it comes to diversity. And amid a flurry of PR statements from companies during the week denouncing racism, she says that black employees will now be holding these companies accountable going forward.

Time for Us to Talk: Masai Ujiri Stresses Need for Conversation Amid Protests
In an interview with CTV National News Chief News Anchor and Senior Editor Lisa LaFlamme on Monday, Ujiri stressed the need for conversation as protests escalate across the United States in response to the killing of George Floyd, who died at the hands of police officers in Minneapolis, Minn.

The 1965 Debate Between James Baldwin and William F. Buckley
Historic debate between James Baldwin v. William F. Buckley Jr. at Cambridge University on the question: "Is the American Dream at the expense of the American Negro?"

The History of Confederate Statues in Nat Geo’s America Inside Out
Katie Couric travels from Charlottesville to Montgomery to New Orleans, the front lines in the highly controversial battle over removing confederate monuments. From Oscar-winning actress Julianne Moore, who is fighting to change the name of her former high school, to Sons of Confederate Veterans and white nationalists, Couric meets with people on all sides of this divisive issue and sifts through all the emotions and experiences that inform the debate.

Miss Juneteenth Exclusive with Nicole Beharie 
Even Nicole Beharie’s eye blinks contain multitudes. Watch her act opposite Anthony Mackie in their 2019 episode as a married couple on Black Mirror and see for yourself: she conveys surprise, annoyance, disbelief and disappointment just by batting her eyelashes. In 2011, Beharie laid bare the same depth as Marianne in director Steve McQueen’s Shame, treating a lover’s false start in the bedroom with sympathetic compassion. Through lead roles like Mrs. Jackie Robinson in 42 or starring as FBI agent Abbie Mills on Fox’s supernatural Sleepy Hollow and more, the Florida-born, Julliard-trained actress consistently earns her place as one of the shining lights of the New Black Hollywood.

Juneteenth by the Numbers 
Juneteenth is the oldest known US celebration of the end of slavery. African-Americans and others mark the anniversary much like the Fourth of July, with parties, picnics and gatherings with family and friends. Here's a look at Juneteenth, also called Emancipation Day, Freedom Day and Jubilee Day, by the numbers: