The list has been curated by me, a local Black Lives Will Matter in the United States activist. I am also a screenwriter, actor, music producer, lyricist, documentarian, and a humanitarian. My birthday is January 25th. Federal holidays are government authorized paid time off in observance of a special cause, commemoration, and or religious rights. The first federal holidays were created in 1870 when Congress granted paid time off to federal workers in the District of Columbia for New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. In 1880, George Washington’s birthday was added. Only 12 federal holidays have been approved by Congress, with the most recent being Juneteenth National Independence Day, which President Joe Biden signed into law in 2021. Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. Its name stems from June 19, 1865, when Major General Gordon Granger issued General Order No. 3 in Galveston, Texas, to inform enslaved people of their freedom two months after the end of the Civil War and more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.
Did you know that Stevie Wonder penned “Happy Birthday” in campaign for MLK Jr Day. Berry Gordy and Motown led the charge and helped the country understand why Martin’s birthday warrants federal homage. Doctor Martin Luther King Jr was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta Georgia. He was the most powerful leader of the Black American voting populate at the time of his assassination by the FBI on April 4, 1968.
This watch-list is meant to teach a white privileged audience the importance of understanding everyday life with Black skin living FREELY in the United States.
- SELMA (run time 2hr 9 min)
2. RESPECT ( run time 2hr 25min)
3. Ray ( run time 2hr 33min)
4. Remember the Titans ( run time 2hr)
5. Forrest Gump ( run time 2h 22min)
6. The Color of Friendship ( run time 1hr 27min)
7. One Night in Miami ( run time 1hr 54min )
Enter the Karens
8. Bring It On ( run time 1hr 40mins)
9. The Help ( run time 2hr 26mins)
10. Hidden Figures ( run time 2hr 7mins)
11. A Jazzman’s Blues ( run time 2h 7mins)
12. 42 ( run time 2h 8mins)
13. The Lion King (run time 1hr 27mins)
14. Girls Trip ( run time 2h 2mins)
15. Love and Basketball ( run time 2hr)
16. Queen & Slim ( run time 2hr 12mins)
17. Judas & The Black Messiah ( run time 2h 6mins)
18. Get Out ( run time 1hr 44mins)
19. 13th ( run time 1hr 40mins)
20. Black Panther ( run time 2hr 15mins)