Malcolm X (Kingsley Ben-Adir) reaches a place of peace at the end of “One Night in Miami”.

Alex Hibbert (left) and Mahershala Ali in “Moonlight”.

Kathleen Christiansen Orlando Sentinel

With the arrival in February, comes Black History Month, which is time to reflect on the accomplishments of black Americans. One way to mark the occasion is to watch shows and movies that celebrate black history.

Donald Harrell, an adjunct professor who teaches Africana Studies at the University of Central Florida, believes black stories are becoming increasingly popular.

“There is far more interest in such films and television shows now than in the past, which is evidence of our society,” he said. “Even if we look at this and everyone is surprised by the recent events, at the same time awareness has skyrocketed because of all of this.”

The film industry has played a major role in “making the world a better place to live”.

“This is a beautiful medium for making change in society,” he said. “You can make a movie or a TV show … and it can be viewed by thousands and even millions of people. And there are many, many of these producers and filmmakers, new and old, who understand that power, and they have gone to great lengths to uncover hidden truths. And you can find it by simply sitting down, getting yourself popcorn, picking up your favorite beverage, crossing your feet and growing accordingly. “

Harrell noted that these works are not all about entertainment. For the most impactful experience, viewers need to be open-minded.