WEDNESDAY| Movie Receommendations #20

1. Mississippi Damned(Starring Tessa Thompson, Tonea Stewart, Adam Clark, Michael Hyatt, Chasity Kershal, Kylee Russell, Jossie Thacker, Malcolm David Kelley, Malcolm Goodwin, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Simbi Khali, D.B. Woodside, Michael Beasley, Michael J. Pagan, Donna Biscoe, Jasmine Burke)

Released in 2009
Wanting to escape was the easy part. Taking place in 1986 and 1998 and based on a true story, three poor, Black kids in rural Mississippi reap the consequences of their family's cycle of abuse, addiction, and violence. They independently struggle to escape their circumstances and must decide whether to confront what's plagued their family for generations or succumb to the same crippling fate, forever damned in Mississippi. Bitterly honest and profoundly subtle, writer/director Tina Mabry successfully captures growing up in a world where possibilities and opportunities seem to die in the face of the suffocating reality of physical and sexual abuse, obsession, and a myriad of destructive compulsions.

2. BlackBird(Starring Mo’Nique, Isaiah Washington, Julian Walker, Nikki Jane, Gary LeRoi Gray, Terrel Tillford, Kevin Allesee, Torrey Laamar, Wanita 'D. Woods' Woodgett)

Released in 2014
Randy, a devout Christian, who, as strong as he seems on the outside, is hiding a secret inner struggle - the denial of being gay. He is also struggling with his life at home since his father has left, and Randy cares for his emotionally disturbed mother . It is not until he opens himself up to love that he discovers that becoming a man means accepting who you really are.

3. Let The Church Say Amen(Starring Steve Harris, Naturi Naughton, Lela Rochon, Hosea Chanchez, Collins Pennie)

Released in 2015
Reverend Simon Jackson has always felt destined to lead, and he's done a good job of it -- having transformed his small Houston church into one of the most respected and renowned in the region. But while the good Reverend's been busy tending his flock, his family's gone astray