11 reasons to celebrate black history every day
Msnbc celebrated black history by interviewing eleven game-changing musicians and film directors throughout February. The series highlighted artists from hip-hop pioneer Jean Grae to the British director and writer, Amma Asante, behind the film “Belle,” who wants her “existence to be a reminder to young women of color out there that it is possible.”
msnbc learned about the family history of some of the artists, like Lyric R. Cabral who can trace her history back to her “great-great grandmother, from North Carolina, whose family had been slaves.”
The interviews also touched on their creative process, upcoming projects, and poignant news topics from the Oscar “snub” of “Selma,” among the film directors, to the hip-hop feud between Azealia Banks and Iggy Azalea, among the rappers.
“Bradford Young, who was the cinematographer in ‘Selma,’ is probably one of the preeminent cinematographers in America working today,” Dawn Porter said. “And yet, I didn’t see any nominations for him. It’s clear that the people who make up the voting body in the Oscars are not seeing what the rest of us are seeing.”
These creators also shared their favorite films and songs, what they would say to President Obama, and how they would rewrite history. Both Justin Simien and Yoruba Richen mentioned Bob Fosse’s ”All that Jazz” as one of the films they’d play on repeat. Jean Grae shared that she’d want to have a good conversation with President Obama preferably with “really good bourbon.”
While “Black History Month” is limited to February, Joey Bada$$ affirmed that black history is a life-long celebration. “All the year is black history,” he said. “All life is black history.”
Click through the photo gallery to see all of the interviews.