Msnbc interviewed filmmakers Justin Simien, Amma Asante, Dawn Porter, Stanley Nelson, Yoruba Richen, and Lyric R. Cabral, and musicians Jean Grae, Joey Bada$$, Rapsody, Noname Gypsy, and Michael Uzowuru for a black history series. They shared some of their favorite movies, songs, and artists. Add them to your playlists.
If you had to choose two films to play on repeat … forever:
Stanley Nelson: Orlando Bagwell and Noland Walker’s “Citizen King”
If you had to choose two songs to play on repeat … forever:
Favorite films and documentaries of the year:
Lyric R. Cabral: “Evolution of a Criminal” by Darius Clark Monroe
Yoruba Richen: Bill Siegel’s “The Trials of Muhummand Ali,” David Heilbroner and Kate Davis’ “The Newburgh Sting,” Allen Harris’ “Through a Lens Darkly,” and Lacey Schwartz and James Adolphus’ “Little White Lie”
Other music artists killin’ it:
Noname Gypsy: Frank Ocean’s “Channel Orange.” Recently, Future’s new music. Nico Segal [Donnie Trumpet] is killing it right now. His new project [“Surf”] sounds phenomenal.
Jean Grae: I was stuck on James Blake for a while.
Rapsody: Big K.R.I.T. is one of the best … Little Brother in general, especially Phonte, as a lyricist, is one of the best to ever do it
Michael Uzowuru: Kid Cudi is very underrated … Vic Mensa is underrated too.
Lastly, Nelson and Richen noted to watch “More than a Month” by Shukree Tilghman that explores whether or not Black History Month is still necessary.