Friday, July 28Exploring The Black Presence In The Bible

13th – Slavery In America Was Never Abolished


"My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge..." - Hosea 4:6

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Summary Overview Below

I was very excited to see this movie from the moment I heard about it, and I was not disappointed. Ava DuVernay does a great job of tellign the story of slavery in America, both then and now. This movie is timely and on point, especially in the current political climate.

Educational

It doesn’t matter how familiar you are with the subject, you are guaranteed to learn something new. One of the biggest surprises was Gingrich’s acknowledgment that Reagan targeted blacks and Latinos with harsher drug penalties than whites.

Entertainment

First and foremost, I want to say that the soundtrack is perfect. Each segment starts with a different song snippet, and the selections are on point. The song in the credits is great too.

This movie isn’t entertaining in the traditional sense, but it will keep your attention from beginning to end. Sometimes documentaries have slow parts, but in my opinion, there weren’t any. If you are into black history, politics, and documentaries, then this is a no brainer.

Family Friendly

This would depend on how old your children are and if they are able to put the images into context. While I can’t tell you at what age you should let your children see this, I will suggest discussing it with them if they’ve never seen or heard the information in this documentary.

Ending

In general, I like the ending, but I found it to be borderline propaganda due to the timing of it’s release, just before the 2016 election.

Worth A 2nd Watch

I watched this movie three times in 24 hours. I watched it once the first night it came out, and then again early the next morning, and once more in the afternoon with my brother. There is a lot of information to take in, even if you are familiar with the subject.

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