Thanks to technology, we live in a day and age with access to as much content as we can handle. As a Black Southern Belle, we all grew up with fond memories of slow living and close families. Here are a few of our favorite films that epitomize those pastimes. If you are looking to get some old school nostalgia from your childhood check out our list of 6 Classic Southern Movies to Watch.
A drama set in the 1920s, where free-spirited Janie Crawford’s search for happiness leads her through several different marriages, challenging the morals of her small town. Based on the novel by Zora Neale Hurston.
2) Eve’s Bayou
Over the course of a long, hot Louisiana summer, a 10-year-old black girl, Eve Batiste (Jurnee Smollett), discovers that her family’s affluent existence is merely a facade. The philandering of her suave doctor father, Louis (Samuel L. Jackson), creates a rift, throwing Eve’s mother, Roz (Lynn Whitfield), and teenage sister, Cisely (Meagan Good), into emotional turmoil. Eve, though, manages to find some solace with her quirky psychic aunt, Mozelle (Debbi Morgan).
An epic tale spanning forty years in the life of Celie (Whoopi Goldberg), an African-American woman living in the South who survives incredible abuse and bigotry. After Celie’s abusive father marries her off to the equally debasing “Mister” Albert Johnson (Danny Glover), things go from bad to worse, leaving Celie to find companionship anywhere she can. She perseveres, holding on to her dream of one day being reunited with her sister in Africa. Based on the novel by Alice Walker.
In 1873 Ohio, Sethe (Oprah Winfrey) is a mother of three haunted by her horrific slavery past and her desperate actions for freedom. As a result, Sethe’s home is haunted by a furious poltergeist, which drives away her two sons. Sethe and her daughter (Kimberly Elise) endure living with the spirit for 10 more years, until an old friend, Paul D. Garner (Danny Glover), arrives to run it out. After Garner moves in, a strange woman named Beloved (Thandie Newton) enters their lives, causing turmoil.
At the dawn of the 20th century, a family in the Gullah community of coastal South Carolina — former West African slaves who adopted many of their ancestors’ Yoruba traditions — suffers a generational split. Young Haagar (Kaycee Moore) wants to move to the mainland away from tradition-bound matriarch Nana (Cora Lee Day). Former prostitute Yellow Mary (Barbara-O) gets a cold shoulder when she returns to the island with her female lover, especially from her sister Viola (Cheryl Lynn Bruce).
A reticent piano player, named Percival (André Benjamin), along with Rooster (Antwan A. Patton), his flamboyant lead performer and manager, struggle to keep their speakeasy, in the Prohibition-era South, out of the hands of gangsters who want to take it over.
Do you have dreams of a southern winter wedding? As a former February bride, I adore a winter wedding, especially a Southern one. If you are looking for a beautiful winter location for your nuptials, we have exactly the list you need. Check out our 7 Under-the-Radar Southern Winter Wedding Destinations today and get inspiration for […]
Our homes are a reflection of ourselves and for a Black Southern Belle that is especially important. We choose the way they look, the finer details and colorful accents, and this in turn reflects who we are. When you personalize your home, you don’t just make it feel like your own, you make it look […]
Let’s face it, Black Southern Belles are classy women who embrace their sense of style and grace, which sets them apart. Outdoor fashion defines our image outside the home, but once the door closes and inside the home, having that special loungewear that enhances our beauty, charm and yes, sex appeal is a simple joy […]
As a Black Southern Belle, we grew up living for Sunday Dinners. We got to see our family, eat some of our favorite foods and enjoy downtime after church and before the school week started. Throughout the South, Sunday dinner is a ritual that we all look forward to and hopefully will pass down to our traditions. Today we […]
Are you in love with everything rustic and obsess over anything you see on Fixer Upper? Are you also busy working on your business and career? Why not blend those to passions with a rustic-inspired office? If this describes you we have 4 Tips for Decorating a Rustic Inspired Office from Katie Skoloff, Founder and Principal Designer of […]
Howard Homecoming is just around the around. Although I won’t be able to attend this year, I will be there in spirit by hosting a Tailgating and Dinner party at my home. If you are missing out on Howard University Tailgating this year, get some inspiration from our Howard University Tailgating and Dinner Party Inspiration Video. We […]
Tailgate season is here and we are so excited. Nothing like an HBCU homecoming season and we are so excited these favorites for the FAMU Belle. Check out a few of our favorite Florida Classic Tailgating Essentials from Tervis as well as their favorite tailgate selections! Be sure to share your tailgating fun with us on social […]
Today we have a beautiful home tour in the bustling southern city of Charlotte, NC. If you are as enamored by this space as we are, the designer behind this tour, Cheryl Luckett, founder of Dwell by Cheryl Interiors, is here to help. Cheryl is a Mississippi belle based in Charlotte, NC and she has given us 3 Tips to […]
We rarely get to use our chimneys in the South but when we get the chance to do it, we love them. Whether you have a wood burning or gas fireplace it is important to properly prepare them for the fall and winter seasons to ensure both their functionality and your safety. Accidents involving fireplaces can […]
Getting married is an exciting experience, no doubt. That’s probably why after the bridal showers and wedding receptions, finances are one of the last things you’re likely to think about., Quite like changing the oil in your car, managing finances can be tricky – so here are six financial tips for newlyweds just getting started. […]