“Selma” is one of the films to watch as we head out of 2014 and into 2015. Unfortunatley, we can’t say that the times of brutality against black Americans is over, and you can very well see how much the history of the past still haunts the our actions and thoughts today.

John Legend and Common evoke these same sentiments in the lyric video for “Glory,” the song they created for “Selma.” The song has been nominated by the Golden Globe Awards and the Critic’s Choice Awards as Best Original Song and Best Song, respectively. The African-American Film Critics Association Awards has also nominated it for Best Music.

Another video to watch is the new 60 second trailer for “Selma,” which is also embedded below. “Selma” is directed by Ava DuVernay, the first black female director to be nominated for a Golden Globe. The film also stars David Oyelowo, Tom Wilkinson, Cuba Gooding Jr., Alessandro Nivola, Giovanni Ribisi Common, Carmen Ejogo, Lorraine Toussaint,Tim Roth, Common, and Oprah Winfrey. Here’s more about the film.

“SELMA is the story of a movement. The film chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson (Tom Wilkinson) signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement. Director Ava DuVernay‚Äôs SELMA tells the story of how the revered leader and visionary Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) and his brothers and sisters in the movement prompted change that forever altered history.”

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By Monique Jones

Monique Jones blogs about race and culture in entertainment, particularly movies and television. You can read her articles at Racialicious, and her new site, COLOR . You can also listen to her new podcast, What would Monique Say.

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