31 Stars in 31 Days

by Tim Gordon

One of my favorite annual cinematic experiences is Turner Classic Movies, Summer Under the Stars series, which takes place during the month of August. The series features 31 Stars in 31 Days, with each day featuring approximately 12 films encompassing a 24-hour cycle of programming.

Each year, I scan the list looking for which actor of color would be featured, and every year there is generally only one who gets the Summer Under the Stars treatment.

During this period of racial reckoning, I decided to take the extraordinary step of creating MY personal version of TCM’s Summer Under the Stars list. Every day, we’ll feature 12 films from an individual actor, spotlighting an entire day of programming.

Below is a list of this year’s featured stars:

August 1 – Denzel Washington
August 2 – Pam Grier
August 3 – Samuel L. Jackson
August 4 – Rosario Dawson
August 5 – Chiwetel Ejiofor
August 6 – Ruby Dee
August 7 – Eddie Murphy
August 8 – Nia Long
August 9 – Idris Elba
August 10 – Halle Berry
August 11 – Forest Whitaker
August 12 – Whoopi Goldberg
August 13 – Richard Pryor
August 14 – Viola Davis
August 15 – Don Cheadle
August 16 – Regina King
August 17 – Sidney Poitier
August 18 – Sanaa Lathan
August 19 – Jamie Foxx
August 20 – Angela Bassett
August 21 – Wesley Snipes
August 22 – Kerry Washington
August 23 – Will Smith
August 24 – Zoe Saldana
August 25 – Laurence Fishburne
August 26 – Taraji P. Henson
August 27 – James Earl Jones
August 28 – Alfre Woodard
August 29 – Morgan Freeman
August 30 – Queen Latifah
August 31 – Danny Glover