Issa Rae and Insecure. Donald Glover and Atlanta. Ava DuVernay and Queen Sugar. Nate Parker and Birth Of A Nation. Stella Meghie and Jean of The Joneses. Tyler Perry and Madea. No matter the network, or the size of the screen, now is the time to celebrate the Black experience in all of its many layers. We can also add Barry Jenkins and Moonlight to that ever growing list of representation.

Here’s the synopsis of the story via the movie’s official site: Moonlight is a timeless story of human connection and self-discovery, MOONLIGHT chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.

At once a vital portrait of contemporary African American life and an intensely personal and poetic meditation on identity, family, friendship, and love, MOONLIGHT is a groundbreaking piece of cinema that reverberates with deep compassion and universal truths.

According to Forbes, the movie is already a box-office hit, and scored (as of this writing) a whopping $414,740 opening weekend in four theaters, giving the A24 release a $103,675 per-location-average. And if you were one of the lucky audience members that got to see it this past weekend in New York or Los Angeles, chances are you’re already raving about the film:


Watch the trailer below as the film expands this weekend to Atlanta, Chicago, Miami, San Francisco and Washington D.C. and will be nationwide on November 4th.

Melissa Kimble is the Senior Social Media Manager for the EBONY brand. An advocate for Black Creatives via #blkcreatives, you can connect with her on Twitter at @Melissa_Kimble.