Black Stories for Black History Month


A celebration of Black History Month beckons at The Nick!

This year's specially curated slate of films derives from our Black Stories: Real Fiction series--and beyond. Expect to experience rich cinematic visions visions of African-American life of unprecedented depth and scope.

Illmatic is a feature length documentary that delves deep into the making of Nas's debut album--one that has become a hip-hop benchmark that encapsulates the socio-political outlook, enduring spirit, and collective angst of a generation of young black men searching for their voice in America. (February 5 at 6:30pm.)

Fast Color introduces us to a young woman with supernatural abilities who goes on the run when her powers are discovered. With nowhere to go, she flees back to her family she abandoned long ago. Marvel master and creator of Bitter Root and Rotten Apple will be on hand to sign copies of his work…plus a raffle of four copies of the first edition collector’s edition! (February 7 at 9:30pm.)

Horror Noire serves up a century of genre films that by turns utilized, caricatured, exploited, sidelined, and finally embraced Black Americans in Hollywood...and let us hear the voices who survived the genre’s past trends, to those shaping its future. (February 11 at 6:30pm)

Black 14, Southside Forever: A Motion Picture of Black Chicago, and A Love Song for Latasha coalesce to form our "Black Thoughts" block of short films that deliver poignant, powerful meditations on the Black experience in America. (February 12 at 6:30pm)

Talk to Me is a portrait of Ralph “Petey” Greene (Don Cheadle) talks his way onto the air at a white-owned radio station in 1960s Washington, D.C. Fueled by the new music and social upheaval of the times, he courts controversy while becoming the voice of the black movement. (February 19 at 6:30pm)