1. The Pursuit of Happyness
This mini-series documents author Alex Haley’s family history in their struggle for racial equality in a very divided America, dating from his ancestor Kunta Kinte’s journey from Africa into slavery all the way to the present day.
(Holding up his infant son to the night sky) “Kunta Kinte, behold the only thing greater than yourself!”
3. The Secret by Rhonda Bryne
This book teaches readers the secret to success and happiness in all areas of your life, composed by teachers who have used it to their advantage.
“Whenever you think you can, or think you can’t, either way you are right”. (Henry Ford)
4. 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene
This book is a compilation of controversial philosophies about power and the importance of personal image written by various statesmen, warriors, seducers and con men through the ages.
“You cannot spend your life worrying about the petty feelings of others”
The modern day Pocahontas, this film is about a marine sent to Moon Pandora where he is torn between following his orders and protecting a world and its inhabitants he has grown to love.
“This is how it’s done. When people are sittin’ on sh*t that you want, you make ’em your enemy. Then you’re justified in taking it.”
6. John Q
John Q is the story of a desperate father who takes the emergency room hostage, until they perform a heart transplant on his son, when his insurance won’t cover the medical bills.
“I am not going to bury my son. My son is going to bury me!”
7. Until Today! Daily Devotions for Spiritual Growth and Peace of Mind by Iyanla Vanzant
This is a book of daily devotions to help readers get to know themselves and make a conscious effort to free themselves from any negative thoughts holding them back from making powerful changes to their lives.
“I will realise my own worth when I accept… I am worthy of my own company.”
8. White Teeth by Zadie Smith
This entertaining book is about two North London families and their experiences living in multicultural Britain.
“You must live life with the full knowledge that your actions will remain. We are creatures of consequence.”
9. Small Island by Andrea Levy
This book depicts the experiences of an immigrant in post war Britain through the eyes of four characters.
“Why you wan’ the whole world when ya have a likkle piece a hope here? Stay. Stay and fight, man. Fight till you look ‘pon what you wan’ see.”
10. Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
This pivotal novel is a teenager’s account of her experiences as a Jewish girl trying to escape her tragic fate during Nazi rule.
“People can tell you to keep your mouth shut, but that doesn’t stop you from having your own opinion.”
These books and films changed a lot of people’s perceptions on big issues like racism, take a look at my interpretation of media racism here.
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