Three weeks ago, we started Black History Month with a tribute to the powerful and inspiring Cicely Tyson, who left us in January at the age of 96. In addition to her talent and beauty and grace, Tyson made an indelible impact on a generation of movie and television viewers with some of the first honest and unflinching depictions of slavery and Black families in the Jim Crow era. Sounder, Roots, and The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pitman are well worth watching again and sharing with children and grandchildren. Her later-in-life roles in The Help, How to Get Away with Murder, and The Trip to Bountiful are just as wondrous.
We followed up with reviews of two acclaimed films about the Black American experience: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, starring the magnificent Viola Davis (Tyson’s onscreen daughter from How to Get Away with Murder), and Continue Reading Source