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Watch and Learn: Black Films

Curated by Brittany Ashley

In this time of advocacy and change (and beyond it), we are each called upon to use our abilities and resources to progress the cause. For some, that means attending protests and giving speeches. For others, it means donating to worthy organizations and spreading awareness/information. All of us, however, can do the bare minimum and educate ourselves. From there, we can be more prepared for conversations with those in our day to day lives and educate them as well. It is a daunting task, to say the least, as there are so many stories and so much history that most of us will have to relearn as our standard education has failed to teach us properly the first time. To make it as easy as possible, we’ve compiled a list of films and television shows on major streaming services. Some deal with the themes of police brutality and racial discrimination directly. Others are testaments to black joy, art made by black creators telling black stories that are just as important as the documentaries and dramas.'

HULU TIP: Search for the “Black Stories” genre! If Beale Street Could Talk

Sorry to Bother You

Detroit Whitney Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am Amazing Grace: Aretha Franklin Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat Atlanta Roots

PRIME TIP: Find the “Black lives matter” category banner! I Am Not Your Negro The Last Black Man in San Francisco

Marshall Betty - They Say I’m Different The Central Park 5 Back to Natural Hollywood Shuffle Juice Ali

Native Son

NETFLIX TIP: Search for “Black Lives Matter” tag AND follow @strongblacklead on Instagram! Da 5 Bloods 13th She’s Gotta Have It

LA 92 Malcom X


Michael Che Matters

See You Yesterday


Teach Us All

Miss Virginia

Get On The Bus


What Happened Miss Simone?

Dolemite is My Name The Innocence Files Dear White People Uncorked When They See Us Raising Dion Self Made: Inspired By The Life of Madam C J Walker

The Last OG #BlackAF Black Lightning Pose

OTHER The Hate You Give (temporarily free on multiple streaming platforms)

Just Mercy (free for the month of June) Do the Right Thing Queen and Slim

Daughters of the Dust

Boyz n the Hood (Showtime on Hulu)

12 Years A Slave Blindspotting (Cinemax on Hulu)

BlackkKlansman (HBO)

Hidden Figures (beware of the white savior narrative, but an important story nonetheless) Get Out

Fruitvale Station

The Color Purple


Do The Right Thing


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