Top 10 Favorite Black Movies: Black History Month

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Top 10 Favorite Black Movies
I love movies! Watching movies is one of my favorite pastimes. Here are some of my all-time favorite Black Movies in order by the year they were released. I could have added two dozen more easily, but these are definitely some of my favorites. Please click on the links to learn about the movies if you have not seen them. And if you have not seen some of these please check them out!
This blog is a part of my Celebrate Black History Month By Blogging Series! If you use the hashtag #BlogBlHistory on Twitter you can find other bloggers who are celebrating Black History Month by Blogging and their Black History Month Blogs! To learn more about Black History Month by Blogging click here.
  1. Mahogany (1975). This movie features Diana Ross and Billy Dee Williams. Click here to purchase.
  1. Sparkle (1976).  This movie features Irene Cara, Philip Michael Thomas, Lonette McKee, Dwan Smith, and Mary Alice. Click here to purchase.
  1. The Wiz (1978). This is an African American movie classic featuring Dianna Ross, Michael Jackson and directed by Quincy Jones. Click here to purchase or rent.
  1. Purple Rain (1984). This movie of course features Prince, the band members of The Revolution and Morris Day & the band members of The Time, Apollonia and Jerome Benton. Click here to purchase.
  1. Boomerang (1992). This movie featured Eddie Murphy, Robin Givens, Halle Berry, David Alan Grier, Martin Lawrence, Bebe Drake, Chris Rock, Eartha Kitt, Grace Jones, John Witherspoon, Lela Rochon, Melvin Van Peebles. Click here to purchase or rent.
  1. Love Jones (1997). This movie featured Larenz Tate and Nia Long. Click here to purchase.
  1. The Best Man (1999). This movie features Taye Diggs, Nia Long, Morris Chestnut, Harold Perrineau, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan, Monica Calhoun, Melissa De Sousa, and Regina Hall. Click here to purchase or rent.
  1. Love & Basketball (2000).  This movie features Omar Epps and Sanaa Lathan. Click here to purchase.
  1. The Fighting Temptations (2003). This movie features Beyonce, Cuba Gooding Jr., Steve Harvey, Faith Evans, Melba Moore, Latanya Richardson, Wendell Pierce, Eddie Levert, Rue McClanahan, Montell Jordan, Faizon Love, Mike Epps, Angie Stone and others. Click here to purchase or rent.
  1. Black Panther (2018). The movie features Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis. Click here to purchase or rent.
I am tagging for the #BlogBlHistory challenge Deandra from BPDiaries. Please check out her top Black Movies. Thank you for doing all of the challenges! 
Like & Comment! Please add some of your favorite Black movies in the comments! Let me know if any of my favorite are some of yours.

Favorite Black Television Shows: Black History Month

Top 10 Favorite Black Television Shows

 Top 10 Black Television Shows

 
Here is my list for some of my all-time favorite Black television shows. I could easily add another ten television programs to this list but I am trying to follow my #BlogBlHistory instructions and leave it at my top ten black television shows.  The shows on my list appear in no particular order. 
 
This blog is a part of my Celebrate Black History Month By Blogging Series! If you use the hashtag #BlogBlHistory on Twitter you can find other bloggers who are celebrating Black History Month by Blogging and their Black History Month Blogs! To learn more about Black History Month by Blogging click here
 
  1. Girlfriends (2000-2008). The cast included Tracee Ellis Ross, Golden Brooks, Jill Marie Jones, Persia White and Reggie Hayes.
 
  1. The Cosby Show (1984-1992). Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Lisa Bonet, Tempestt Bledsoe, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Sabrina Le Beauf, Raven Symoné and a ton of fabulous guest stars.
 
  1. A Different World (1987-1993). The cast included Lisa Bonet, Jasmine Guy, Kadeem Hardison, Dawnn Lewis, Cree Summer, Darryl M. Bell, Jada Pinkett, Loretta Devine, Sinbad, Mary Alice, Glynn Turman, Lou Myers, Ajai Sanders and Karen Malina White.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
  2. The Jeffersons (1975-1985). The cast included Sherman Hemsley, Isabel Sanford, Marla Gibbs                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
  3. Blackish (2014 – Present). The cast includes Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Yara Shahidi, Jenifer Lewis, Miles Brown, Marcus Scribner, Marsai Martin and Laurence Fishburne.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
  4. Sanford and Son (1972 -1977). The cast included Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson, LaWanda Page, Whitman Mayo, Don Bexley, Nathaniel Taylor and Lynn Hamilton.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
  5. Amen (1986–1991). Sherman Hemsley, Clifton Davis, Anna Maria Horsford, Roz Ryan, Jester Hairston, Barbara Montgomery and Rosetta LeNoire.
 
  1. Living Single (1993-1998). The cast included Queen Latifah, Kim Coles, Erika Alexander, Kim Coles, T.C. Carson and John Henton.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
  2. Moesha (1996 – 2001). The cast included Brandy Norwood, William Allen Young, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Marcus T. Paulk, Lamont Bentley, Shar Jackson, Countess Vaughn, Yvette Wilson, Ray J and Fredro Starr.                                                                                                                                                           
  1. Sister Sister (1994 – 1999).  The cast included Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Jackée Harry, Tim Reid and Marques Houston.

 

I am tagging for the #BlogBlHistory challenge Deandra from BPDiaries and Lani from LaniOnLife  Please check out he links on African American Authors & Their Books!

Like & Comment! Please add some of your favorite Black television shows in the comments! Let me know if any of my favorite are some of yours favorites. 

Your Top 10 Songs Sung By Black Artists

Your Top 10 Songs Sung By Black Artists. Black History Month

 Top 10 Songs Sung By Black Artists

 

Today is the third installment for the #BlogBLHistory challenge. Join us in celebrating Black History Month by listening to the links below. We get to look at some wonderful soulful music! I have listed some of my favorites, but this is in no means a complete list of all of my favorite songs.

 

 

 

I like so many songs if I did a more complete list of soul songs I like I would be listing my top 100 instead…LOL. But these are absolutely some of my beloved jams! These songs are not in order by the way. Yes I do love a lot of old school R&B. I didn’t include gospel or hip hop on this list. If you would like to see me make list for those let me know in the comments.

 

 

 

This blog is a part of my Celebrate Black History Month By Blogging Series! If you use the hashtag #BlogBlHistory on Twitter you can find other bloggers who are celebrating Black History Month by Blogging and their Black History Month Blogs! To learn more about Black History Month by Blogging click here.

 

 

  1. When Doves Cry by Prince (I love Prince!)
  2. Got to Give it Up by Marvin Gaye
  3. Back to One by Brian McKnight
  4. Love and Happiness by Al Green
  5. Let Me Love You by Mario
  6. I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston
  7. Sweet Thing by Mary J. Blige (I love Chaka Khan version as well).
  8. Before I Let Go by Maze featuring Frankie Beverly
  9. Remember the Time by Michael Jackson (I so love this video!)
  10. The Way by Jill Scott

 

I am tagging for the #BlogBlHistory challenge Deandra from BPDiaries and Lani from LaniOnLife  Please check out he links on African American Authors & Their Books!
 

 

 

Please let me know some of your favorite soulful songs.  Were any of the songs on the list your favorites? Please let me know in the comments.

10 African American Books and their Authors

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10 African American Books and their Authors

Below I listed 10 African American authors and their books. This list includes a mixture of some of my favorite books and also some new books I have simply enjoyed reading. I purposely did a mixture of classic and contemporary African American literature.  I have read all of the novels by a majority of the authors on this list, but I had to choose just one of their works to feature on this list. Click on the links in red to find the books to purchase. Click on the links in green to gain more information about each author.
This blog is a part of my Celebrate Black History Month By Blogging Series! If you use the hashtag #BlogBlHistory on Twitter you can find other bloggers who are celebrating Black History Month by Blogging and their Black History Month Blogs! To learn more about Black History Month by Blogging click here

10 African American Books and their Authors

  1. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou  This is the first autobiography about the life of Maya Angelou and she tells us from first person. She shares the joy and painful experiences from her childhood. If you have not read this book I encourage you to pick up a copy as soon as you can.

    2.  Their Eyes Are Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston In this novel we follow Janie as she experiences life a women post-slavery. We follow Janie through three key relationships in her life and how she is treated and becomes her own women along the journey. This book message is timeless. 

  1. Kindred by Octavia Butler In this book book is the first-person account of a young African-American woman writer, Dana, who finds herself being shunted in time between her Los Angeles, California home in 1976 and a pre-Civil War Maryland plantation where she finds herself in slavery with her ancestors. This is an incredible read. 

  2. Waiting To Exhale by Terry McMillan I am sorry the movie was okay. But the book was phenomenal! So even if you have seen the movie please do yourself a favor and read the book. This book follows four African American women in their 30’s who are friends and the trails and discoveries they go through together. The friends are Savannah Jackson, Bernadine Harris, Robin Stokes, and Gloria Matthews 

  1. In The Meantime by Iyanla Vanzant  You may have seen Iyanla on television but to really understand where she is coming from I think you should read her books. I just love this book and if you are in the meantime you will too. “You know where you want to be, but you have no clue how to get there. You know exactly what you want in life, but what you want is nowhere in sight. Perhaps your vision is unclear, your purpose still undefined. On top of it all, your relationships, particularly your romantic relationships, are failing. If these scenarios feel familiar way down in the deepest part of your gut—then you, my dear, are smack dab in the middle of the meantime.”

 

  1. Singing in the Comeback Choir by Bebe Moore Campbell A professional African-American woman rediscovers her roots when she has to help her grandmother. I love how she writes her characters. You feel each ones perspective. If you have not read this or her other works you are missing out.

  1. When Death Comes Stealing (Tamara Hayle series)  by Valerie Wilson Wesley  Looking for a great mystery with a strong female lead, than look no further. 

  1. Dining In by Gerry Garvin I know this is not a novel but a cookbook. I did this to show some of the diversity of African American work in print.  If you want to try some delicious recipes with simple step by step instructions for down home cooking that meets sophistication then check out this cookbook. 

  1. Perfect Peace: A Novel by Daniel Black What happens when a desperate mother deceives her family and community and tells everyone that her new baby is a girl instead of a boy.

  1. Murder with Fried Chicken and Waffles (A Mahalia Watkins Mystery Book 1 A.L. Herbert If you enjoy mystery with delicious sounding recipes and a extra helping of humor, then this book is for you. 

 

I am tagging for the #BlogBlHistory challenge Deandra from BPDiaries.  Please check out he links on African American Authors & Their Books!

Like & Comment! Please add some of your favorite authors and their books in the comments! I would love to see them! Let me know if any of the books or authors I listed are some of your favorites. Do you plan to read any of the authors and/or books on the list that you may not be familiar with? I want to hear about your favorite black literature pieces and why.

10 African American Inventors and Their Inventions

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10 African American Inventors and Their Inventions 

A good way to help children learn about the many contributions of African Americans is to have them explore some of the many inventions created by African Americans. For some helpful information on African American inventors and their inventions please click on the links highlighted in red.

This blog is a part of my Celebrate Black History Month By Blogging Series! If you use the hashtag #BlogBlHistory on Twitter you can find other bloggers who are celebrating Black History Month by Blogging and their Black History Month Blogs! To learn more about Black History Month by Blogging click here.

Welcome and Enjoy!

I am tagging Deandra from BPDiariesRaeAndra Fields from Freedom Schooling BlogDevon J Hall from Loud Mouth Brown Girl, and Dominique from Medium

Please check out their links on African American Inventors & Their Inventions!

African American Inventors and their Inventions

  1. Lonnie Johnson invented the Super-Soaking Water Gun. 
 
  1. Alexander Miles invented Automatic or Electric Elevator Doors.
 
  1. Charles Drew invented preservation of Blood Plasma or the Blood Bank.

  1. Garret Morgan invented the Gas Mask and the Traffic Signal
 
  1. George Crum invented the Potato Chip
 
  1. Elijah “Real McCoy” McCoy invented the Lubricator Cup – a cup that automatically drips the proper amount of oil into the moving parts of the train engine. 

  1. Marie Van Brittan Brown – “Home Security System Utilizing Television Surveillance”. She designed a closed-circuit security system that monitored visitors via camera and projected their images onto a television monitor. Not only that, a panic button contacted the police immediately.
 
  1. Shirley Ann Jackson invented the Portable Fax, Touch tone Telephone, Solar Cells, Fiber Optic Cables, and the Technology Behind Caller ID and Call Waiting

  1. Jan Ernst Matzelige he invented the Shoe Lasting Machine, which made shoes more affordable and much faster
 
  1. Benjamin Banneker invented the First Clock built in the New World, it kept perfect time for forty years. 

Like & Comment! Please add some additional black inventors and their  inventions in the comments! Let me know if you learned something new from my blog.  Please share this blog with the hashtag #BlogBlHistory

Celebrate Black History Month By Blogging

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Celebrate Black History Month By Blogging

Hello my name is Kathryn T. Hall and I want to start a Black History Month blogging challenge on Twitter. February is Black History Month and is almost here. Let’s celebrate it together. I am calling the blog trend #BlogBlHistory. Black History Month + Blogs = BlogBlHistory. My website to tag me at is www.kathrynthall.com

#BlogBlHistory is a blogging challenge which consists in publishing blogs sharing positive information about Black History Month in order to celebrate the month!  #BlogBlHistory are similar to the #blogmas at Christmas. Everyone celebrates Christmas in their own way and #BlogBlHistory tags are just an extension of that.

To participate enter the name and blog web address of the person who tagged you for your BlogBlHistory. At the end of your BlogBlHistory post tags fellow bloggers to take the same challenge.  For each week in February 2019 a BlogBlHistory topic will be tagged. This is a super simple, fun and great way for all bloggers to celebrate Black History Month! Please tag me at www.kathrynthall.com in all of your BlogBlHistory posts!

List of Black History Month Weekly Tags:

  • February 1st – List 10 African American Inventors and their Inventions.

  • February 8th – List 10 African American Books and their Authors.

  • February 15th – List Your Top 10 Songs Sung By Black Artists.

  • February 22nd – Top 10 Favorite Black Television Shows.

  • February 28th – Top 10 Favorite Black Movies.

Recap:

If you would like to participate choose the date(s) and corresponding topic(s) you want to participate in. Happy Black History Blogging! Tag me at the beginning of the tag and tag everyone you want to participate at the end of the tag. Use the hashtag #BlogBlHistory when posting the blogs on Twitter.

 

If you want to be tagged leave me your name, website address and which topics you would like to be tagged in, in the comments!