From vacation movies and musicals to classic remakes and Disney princesses, there are so many
family movies that celebrate black culture to add to your watchlist or watch again. And again and again.
While watching one of the many amazing black history films or hard-hitting documentaries have a more informative and educational purpose, films like
The princess and the Frog and Hair spray serve to entertain and help shed light on the universal messages of hope, love, encouragement, strength, daring and authenticity. These are all lessons that any black, white, blue, green, and purple child can embrace.
Now, when it comes to historical accuracy, Hollywood doesn’t always do it right. But the essence of the messages is still there. Through these films, new generations are exposed to the achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., A Black Cinderella, a moving remake of
The Wizard of Oz, and what it’s like when two girls from across the world and the same color become best friends. Also, let’s not forget that Disney answers every black girl’s prayer and gives us a black Disney princess we can be proud of.
Representation really matters and these films on this list carry that important message forward.
Our friend Martin (1999)
This animated film is a fun and educational way to introduce the youngest to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The film follows two college friends who travel through time at various points in the life of the famous civil rights leader. . Black Movies Blog
Shadow and Act call the movie “ the most iconic educational film of all time“.
To concern Our friend Martin to SchoolTube or buy it on Amazon.
Jingle Jangle: a Christmas journey (2020)
It might be a Christmas movie, but the message of never giving up yourself is universal. Starring Forest Whitaker, Phylicia Rashad, Anika Noni Rose, and Keegan-Michael Key, the film tells the story of an old toy maker whose faith is restored by his curious and optimistic granddaughter. This movie is a whimsical treat with a diverse cast that includes Madalen Mills as Journey.
To concern Jingle-Jangle to Netflix.
Hair spray (2007)
Located in the 1960s in Baltimore,
Hair spray follows heavy, fun teenage Tracy Turnblad who lands a spot as a dancer on “The Corny Collins Show” (a fictional show similar to “American Band Stand”). The movement sets in motion interracial love, new friendships, the civil rights march and ultimately incorporating popular dance performance. Starring John Travolta, Queen Latifah, Nikki Blonsky, and Amanda Bynes, this movie has some fun songs to sing and dance with, but the message behind them runs deep.
To concern Hair spray to HBO Max .
The color of friendship (2000)
Set in the 1970s and based on a true story of
author and real-life activist, Piper Dellums, this film is about the budding friendship between Mahree Bok (Lindsey Haun), a young white girl who lives in apartheid South Africa, and Piper Dellums (Shadia Simmons), the daughter of a black member of the US Congress in Washington, DC, which is working to dismantle the racist system. Mahree accepts a study abroad program, in which she would stay with an American family for one semester. Piper was surprised that Mahree was white and Mahree was amazed that her foster family was black. Nevertheless, a beautiful friendship flourishes.
You can look The color of friendship to Disney +.
Cinderella by Roger and Hammerstein (1997)
“Impossible! For a simple yellow pumpkin to become a golden coach. Impossible!” Where else are you going to see a black princess with an Asian prince? The beautiful diversity of the cast alone is reason enough to watch Roger and Hammerstein’s remake of this Disney classic, starring Brandy, Whitney Houston and Whoopi Goldberg.
To concern Cinderella on Disney + from February 12.
The princess and the Frog (2009)
Four words: Disney’s first black princess. In 2009, Disney made every black girl’s dream come true in Princess Tiana. Based in the musical city of New Orleans, the film follows Tiana (Anika Noni Rose), a hardworking waitress, who dreams of opening her own restaurant. But she finds herself in a slippery situation when she kisses a frog in the hopes of making him human. Instead, she becomes a frog herself! The two must find a way to turn around, their journey taking them to the deeper parts of the bayou. But in the middle of the trip, they find a little more.
To concern The princess and the Frog to Disney +.
The Sorcerer (1978)
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“Ease on the road!” The original Wizard of Oz it’s nice, but the Sorcerer is another level of magic! The 1970s remake stars Diana Ross, who plays Dorothy, a kindergarten teacher living in Harlem, who gets lost in a snowstorm and ends up in the land of OZ. There she meets Scarecrow (Michael Jackson), Tin Man (Nipsey Russell), Lion, also known as Fleetwood Coupe De Ville (Ted Ross), and The Wizard (Richard Pryor). Legendary singer Lena Horne also stars as Glinda.
To concern the Sorcerer to Amazon and Hulu.
Akeelah and the bee (2006)
Akeelah and the bee, Keke Palmer plays Akeelah Anderson, an 11-year-old girl from Los Angeles who travels to the National Spelling Bee. The film also stars Laurence Fishburne as a teacher and Angela Bassett as a mother.
To concern Akeelah and the bee to Hulu and HBO Max.
The hate you give (2018)
Based on Angie Thomas’ bestselling young adult novel, this hard-hitting drama reflects our current atmosphere in more ways than one. The story is about Starr Carter, a black girl from prep school who witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Starr is challenged to find her own voice and stand up for what’s right in this PG-13 rated film.
To concern The hate you give to Amazon.
The proud family film (2005)
Based on the Disney Channel animated series,
The proud family, from disney first black animated family, Penny Proud and her family are drawn to an all-expense-paid vacation where a mad scientist captures them. He refuses to let them go unless Oscar reveals his secret about Proud Snacks formulas.
Watch all The proud family episodes and the movie on Disney +.
A wacky movie (1995)
Sometimes described as the “
The darkest, most underrated movie of all timeThis animated Disney classic is one that babies of the ’90s (and some of the’ 80s) will surely enjoy! In most dismal terms, the film is circulating around Goof’s teenage son, Max, who just wants to live his best life. and win the daughter (Roxanne, voiced by Pauly Shore.) But through their wacky, father-son road trip, he ends up learning that being like his father isn’t such a bad thing after all.
To concern A wacky movie to Disney +.