Protests erupted around the world after the death of George Floyd on May 25th, and the threat of a global pandemic calmly took a backseat. A rush of justifiable rage flowed against ongoing racial injustice. There’s so much pain and anger. Regardless of face masks, the agony spilled from peoples’ eyes, unable to remain hidden.
Film can be a powerful tool for education. From MLK to BLM, these films will teach you something the history books don’t. They celebrate black excellence and prove black film is no longer a genre, but a vital part of film across all genres. In the spirit of creating a dialogue, we created a list designed as a resource guide to connect movie watchers with more relevant than ever classics like Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing and George Tillman Jr.’s The Hate U Give, both tackling the epidemic of police brutality.
Alicia Eunice is on a mission to inspire people to manifest a vibrantly illuminated life of health, wealth and love. Alicia is a Certified Professional Life Coach from The Life Coach Institute of Orange County. She is also a Metaphysical Practitioner with a Bachelor of Metaphysical Science from the University of Metaphysics, as well as an Ordained Metaphysical Minister from the University Seminary. Alicia wants to empower others to create their own reality and control their own destiny. She is infinitely driven by her unwavering dedication, intuition and empathy.
Semyon Bokman is a talented Russian American composer, poet and author. He was a pupil of renown Russian composer and teacher Galina Ustvolskaya from 1968-1974. Semyon lived and breathed Galina’s music, experiencing it in all of its unique facets. Over the course of twenty years he wrote Variations on the Theme Galina Ustvolskaya: The Last Composer of the Passing Era.
Born in 1919, Galina was the favorite student of Dmitry Shostakovitch. Her music is not big in volume, but with a huge degree of tension, it has concentrated the main ideological problems and contradictions of our time.
Master Lim Say Fon is an Esoteric Buddhist for twenty-eight years who has dedicated his life to Kodo (香道), the traditional art of incense appreciation. In Esoteric Buddhism, incense plays an important part as to which natural materials contain certain properties that can affect our body, mind and soul. An art that has been well preserved for thousands of years, Master Lim Say Fon breathes life and passion into imparting the sacred knowledge of Kodo. He has hosted countless workshops in Singapore and has been invited to teach Kodo across the globe.
Andy Magro is a German-Italian actor, singer/songwriter and philanthropist. If there is one thing Andy doesn’t do, it’s to wait for an opportunity to come to him. Andy has always created opportunities for himself, following his dreams with a fierce passion. At thirteen years old, Andy established a drama class at his school so that he could begin acting. Living in Stuttgart, Germany, Andy found it difficult to find professional work as the major film centers in Germany are Cologne, Berlin, Munich and Hamburg. With help from his parents, he kept auditioning and that same year got signed with a German acting agency.
Anis Maknojia is relatively new to the film scene, but is already making waves as someone to watch. His production company, Land Ahoy! Films, produces films and works with other creative talents to showcase the best in breakthrough talent from across the globe. Besides being passionate about creating art, Anis is an advocate for animal rights, LGBTQ rights and more diversity in film. He holds mental health awareness and finding a cure for multiple sclerosis close to his heart because he has family and friends that suffer from these issues.
Dr. Sam Muslin is one of the most acclaimed dentists in the US, with a career that spans forty years. He approaches his work and his life with a philosophy that considers the health and well-being of the whole person rather than just focusing on the problem in front of him. Dr. Sam Muslin created non-invasive and non-surgical revolutionary methods that transform faces while simultaneously improving underlying dental health issues.
After spending most of her career as a nurse in a level two trauma center, Catherine Bybee began writing romance novels in 2008. She has since written thirty-four books with massive success, landing on the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestseller lists. In 2016, Catherine’s home was caught in a California wildfire. This real-life event served as the inspiration for her powerful new novel, My Way To You, that tells a story of hope and renewal. In talking about her real experience and the book that came out of it, one thing stands out: Catherine wants to spread hope.