Misty Copeland Doc + More (JETflix Friday)
You’ve worked hard all week and you deserve some down time. Spend your evening checking out some of these newly released flicks and shows. Grab the popcorn, because these picks are JET-approved! JETflix Fridays starts now…
COUNTER HISTORIES: ROCK HILL
On January 31, 1961 in Rock Hill SC, the men who would become known as the “Friendship 9,” walked across town and sat down at a lunch counter. They were beaten, dragged outside, threatened, and sentenced to 30 days of hard labor at the York County Prison Camp. They were allowed no defense, afforded no rights, and offered no justice. This is their story. Catch it while it’s streaming now.
Watch It: On KweliTV
A BALLERINA’S TALE
Misty Copeland made history by becoming the first African-American principal dancer with the prestigious American Ballet Theatre and is considered the pinnacle of ballet in the US. Her documentary takes an intimate look at her groundbreaking work and the obstacles she overcame to shatter barriers and transcend art. It airs on PBS Monday, Feb. 8 at 10pm est.
Watch It: ON PBS
Gwen has an ability like no other. She can send African-American people back in time to slavery. But there’s a catch. Those who decide to go cannot change anything about the history. Produced by Chris Rock, the six-episode BET mini series stars Tracie Thoms, Nelsan Ellis and Tucker Smallwood. It’s available online now.
Watch It: BET.com