Hi there. If you’re doing as we’ve all been told to, you’ve locked yourself up at home while the world holds it breath for COVID-19 to cease its worldwide spread.
Perhaps you’ve run dry of things to watch or listen to. Or perhaps you have a bunch queued up but aren’t too excited about any of them.
Let me help you out. I’ve got over 5 hours of incredible film and music right here that I can’t recommend enough.
Moses Boyd’s Dark Matter album
Released last month, Dark Matter is a fiery 10-track explosion of hip hop-infused jazz that can’t be described, must be heard. Keep in mind as you listen that Boyd is a drummer; yes that’s right, those sounds aren’t electronically generated, he’s playing those sick beats live. (“Sick” – No pun intended. This album is not contagious, but is addictive)
Covid-distraction time: 49:14
Who Killed Malcolm X?
A one-season, six-episode powerhouse documentary that follows the story of an average, everyday man who, through an obsession over the assassination of black rights activist Malcolm X, does miraculous work that uncovers, layer by captivating layer, the complex and frustratingly mesmerizing truth about the broad daylight killing and wrongful imprisonments that rocked the world.
Filmed and edited with exquisite patience, respect and compassion for the many people interviewed, there are so many layers to this documentary series, it’s bewildering. So much more than a simple “who done it,” Who Killed Malcolm X is so powerful, this documentary has actually resulted in the murder case being reopened in the US courts. Watch it to find out why. Now on Netflix.
Covid-distraction time: 4hrs, 24 min
Let me know whatchu think of these. And if you’ve got your own recommendations, share them below. Thank you.
While you enjoy these gifts for your social isolation, I hope you find yourself inspired. How about we all use this time not just to be distracted, but to learn, expand our minds; take this time to get to know the world, current and past, how we can connect even in isolation.
I hope that we all use this time to realize how much we need each other, how putting aside differences and listening to each other is the only way to a unified future, an existence that accepts each of us for who we are deep down, a place that can be safe for everyone to shine their inner selves. Embrace humanity, y’all! Say seeya to hatred, disrespect, and intolerance!
Peace. Love. Respect.