With the rich history of contributions to this country by African Americans, it’s fitting that opportunities to celebrate Black History Month are taking a 21stcentury turn.
For example, digital cable subscribers can access educational, entertaining and inspirational programming whenever they want just by clicking the On Demand button on their remote control.
Programs and movies suitable for all audiences include:
• Milestones in Black History: A look at the history of the struggles and strife, the tragedies and the triumphs of African Americans in the U.S., including programming on the Civil Rights era. Everyone in the family can get in on the learning, with documentaries like “The Black List” examining some of the reasons for Black History Month. And kids young and old can take a trip back in time as they understand the importance of historical events with “Seizing Justice: The Greensboro 4,” “On the Shoulders of Giants” and “Birds of a Feather: Tuskegee Airmen.”
• Profiles in Courage: The biographies of influential African Americans come to life with dramatic profiles and stories of acclaimed leaders and others who are not so well known—but perhaps should be, such as that of Lena Baker in “ Hope & Redemption: The Lena Baker Story.”
• Dramas: Programs and movies like “Independence Day,” showcasing award-worthy performances from notable African- American actors like Will Smith. You can also explore and share real-life family relationship dramas like “Braxton Family Values.”
• Hearth and Home: Savor shows like “Down Home with the Neelys” that provide a look at the food and other aspects of modern African-American society.
• Of the People: Program content that exemplifies the contributions made by multicultural talent, shows written by, starring, directed or produced by African Americans like Morgan Freeman in “Million Dollar Baby.”
• Powerful Portrayals: Storytelling has always been an important part of African-American culture. Drama fans can enjoy Black cinema offerings, which chronicle the challenges of African-American protagonists in a variety of ways.
• That’s Entertainment: Laugh along with comedy specials such as “Chris Rock: Bigger and Blacker,” or let romantic comedies warm the heart. If music is your thing, there are shows and movies like “Ray,” the story of one of America’s true musical geniuses, Ray Charles, that look into the past and present music-making of African-American artists.
All TV viewers can share their passion for Black History Month at facebook.com/DiversityOnDemand.