A mother’s love has the power to heal, liberate, protect, nurture, restore, and even transcend time and space.
Mother’s Day is a day to honor, reflect on, and remember the women who gave birth to us as part of a family unit, a church family, or even the “mother” of a community. And while we’ve revisited the Black TV moms who taught us lessons over the years, this Mother’s Day, you should also consider watching these films featuring black moms and their impact on their families and communities. See below for six important recommendations.
Dust Girls It tells the cross-generational story of the Gola women who live on the seashore in South Carolina who share the rich history of the Gola peoples. There are themes around history, spiritual inheritance, and the tug of war that often occurs between understanding the past, while embracing the future and new beginnings. Watch it on Prime Video.
at lovableEven death cannot separate a mother from her child’s soul. Based on the novel written by Toni Morrison and produced by Oprah Winfrey, lovable It examines the unbearable pain that many black women endure as mothers. Mothers who knew their children would be bought and sold, raped and used as property. Based on the true story of a woman named Margaret Garner who killed her two-year-old daughter when she realized her family was about to be sold again into slavery. She thought in death that she was liberating her child from the harsh realities of slavery. in the movie lovableSethe (Oprah Winfrey), a young mother (Lisa Jay Hamilton), kills her child when American marshals come to pick her up and her family. While this movie was misunderstood upon its release, it really does give a glimpse into the traumas that mothers and their children experienced during slavery – and even after the emancipation was declared. Watch it on Amazon Prime Video.
In the gardens of our mother
In the gardens of our mother It examines the often complex relationships between a mother and her daughters. This documentary starring Tarana Burke, Latham Thomas, Tina Faris and many others takes a raw and candid approach to discussing mothers. It makes home-style interviews a very endearing attraction. Watch it on Netflix.
Directed by John Singleton, baby boy She takes viewers on a journey through the life of a “twenty-year-old” baby. baby boy It has themes loosely based on what author Aaron Fields coined as “Baby Baby Syndrome” that largely support the ideology that “the only thing a black man can control is himself.” In the movie, Jody lacks focus and has no sense of responsibility, still living at home with his mother. It is not until his mother chooses herself, and her happiness begins to realize that it is time for him to grow up and be a real man and take responsibility for his actions. While he has to overcome some hardships, he eventually learns that his mother only wanted the best for him. There is also a basic theme that when a mother is a “baby” of her sons for too long, they become weak-willed men. Watch it on Roku or Amazon Prime Video.
Spike Lee Crooklyn It is a semi-autobiographical drama that shares the daily life of a black family living in Brooklyn. While the film is explicit about black childhood, the cultural norms of the black family, and even explores the dynamics among black married couples; The burden that Carolyn (Alfre Woodard), a teacher and mother, bears is what stands out the most. This sense of responsibility and burden is cyclical and later transfers to Troy (Zelda Harris) after her mother’s death. There are powerful lessons in this movie about the idea that women experience more stress in their lives when husbands or partners don’t have their priorities in order. Watch it on Hulu.
Claudine It is a must-watch for Mother’s Day because it really depicts a mother’s need for love and to be desired as a single mother. at Claudine, Claudine (Diahan Carol) is a beautiful mother of six, and she lives in luxury. When she meets Rob (James Earl Jones), a Garbag worker, they are instantly shocked, but questions of socioeconomics begin to arise. Not only does this movie beautifully showcase the sacrifices mothers make for their families, but it also shows that mothers need to take care of them sometimes as well. Claudine also studies closely the oppressive social welfare system and how it was originally intended to keep the black man’s figure out of the home. Watch Claudine on Roku.