Films & Events
Black History Month at The Nick
The Nickelodeon invites you to celebrate Black History Month this February with a film series highlighting black artistry and excellence. This film series is in collaboration with the SC Commission for Minority Affairs, the Richland County Bar Association, Preach Jacobs, Benedict College, and more.
- Tuesday, February 27th: “Marshall” Screening and Partnership with Benedict Pre-Law Club and The Richland County Bar Association. This screening will feature a talkback afterwards with Nick Board Member Ebony Green and others.
- Wednesday, February 28th: “Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child” Documentary complemented by an artistic collaboration with SoulHaus Art Gallery and the Benedict College Department of Fine Arts. This screening will feature a talkback afterwards with local artists, Benedict faculty and moderated by Preach Jacobs.
- Thursday, February 29th: “Summer of Soul” Screening in partnership with Mo Better Soul and SC Commission of Minority Affairs.
The Nick would like to highlight the SC Commission of Minority Affairs for their support of our Black History Month programming. This collaboration not only underscores their commitment to promoting diverse narratives but also demonstrates a shared dedication to fostering community engagement.
Centered on a rare interview that director and friend Tamra Davis shot with Jean-Michel Basquiat more than 20 years ago, this film chronicles the meteoric rise and fall of the young artist. In the crime-ridden New York City of the 1970s, he covers the city with the graffiti tag ‘SAMO.’ In 1981 he puts paint on canvas for the first time, and by 1983 he is an artist with “rock star status.” He achieves critical and commercial success, though he is constantly confronted by racism from his peers.
In 1985, he and Andy Warhol become close friends and painting collaborators, but they part ways and Warhol dies suddenly in 1987. Basquiat’s heroin addiction worsens, and he dies of an overdose in 1988 at the age of 27. The artist was 25 years old at the height of his career, and today his canvases sell for more than a million dollars.
This film is a part of our Black History Month film series and will feature a talkback after the screening with Faculty from Benedict College Communication and Arts Department and will be moderated by Preach Jacobs.