BLACK CONSCIOUSNESS 101 (using movie clips)

I recently posted an article explaining the concept of political“consciousness.”   In this article, I provide basic concepts of Black conscious thinking with the aid of movie and television clips. …


1. The Matrix: Understanding the ideological nature of our oppression, why some of our own people constitute “the enemy” is and why it is so difficult to overcome our oppression

2. The Lion King: How the oppressors use propaganda to make  those they oppress adopt a passive, non-confrontational and apathetic attitude (a.k.a.’hakuna matata’).

3. Star Wars: The need for us to be spiritually connected, unafraid, and faithful.

4. Shawshank Redemption: Illustrates that we must work, plan, and sacrifice for our freedom and empowerment. We will have to abandon our comfort zones. Simply praying, waiting or dreaming is not sufficient.

5. They Live: Demonstrates the process of becoming “conscious,” especially how we begin to “see” things differently and become critical of our surroundings.Also it highlights the attempt by societal agents to control our thought process.

6.The Wizard of Oz: Warns us against serving or worshiping “false gods” and so-called authorities who possess no real power, but that of trickery and illusion.

7.Boondocks: In a masterful use of satire, this clip explores the failure of this generation to adequately capitalize on the struggles of our predecessors. it also pokes fun at our sometimes questionable definition of “progress.”

8. Boondocks: Describes in exaggerated fashion the depth of self-hatred,ignorance and opposition we face from some of the very  people we seek to assist. Also illustrates how effective our enemies are at using propaganda to create feelings of inferiority and submissiveness within us.

9. The Wizard of Oz:  Exposes how  this society sends us through “poppyfields” (drugs, diversions, and obstacles to prevent us from becoming free and empowered

10. The Matrix: Reminds us that we have the power to choose whether we’ll become active agents of our own liberation or willfully remain ignorant and passive.


Agyei Tyehimba is a former NYC public schoolteacher, co-founder of KAPPA Middle School 215 in the Bronx, NY, and co-author of the Essence Bestselling book, Game Over: The Rise and Transformation of a Harlem Hustler, published in 2007 by Simon & Schuster. Agyei has appeared on C-SpanNY1 News, and most recently on the A&E documentary, The Mayor of Harlem: Alberto ‘Alpo’ Martinez.” Mr. Tyehimba is a professional consultant and public speaker providing political advice and direction for Black college student organizations, community activist groups, and nonprofit organizations. If you are interested in bringing Agyei to speak or provide consultation for your organization, please contact him at

4 thoughts on “BLACK CONSCIOUSNESS 101 (using movie clips)

  1. It is people like Agyei Tyehimba who are incredible examples of what it means to enlighten others. I am grateful for his website.

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