This is a family-friendly movie with a message that everyone can appreciate. Akeelah, a young black girl growing up in South Los Angeles, has a lot of obstacles to overcome--getting bullied, her brother is in a gang, her father is dead, and her mother doesn't have time for her, to name a few. Through her persistence, and with the help of her principal who saw something special in her, and a coach, she made it to the Scripps National Spelling Bee. My favorite part was that her whole community supported her and, and many helped her train for the Bee. Even though this movie was made over 10 years ago, it still holds up and is heart-warming, especially in these divisive times.