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26 Jun


In a bid to throw its weight behind the Black Lives Matter movement, streaming giant, Netflix has launched a collection of TV shows, films and documentaries to showcase stories about the Black experience all over the world.

In a statement on Twitter, Netflix wrote, “When we say “Black Lives Matter,” we also mean “Black storytelling matters.” With an understanding that our commitment to true, systemic change will take time – we’re starting by highlighting powerful and complex narratives about the Black experience.”

The company stated on June 10, “When you log onto Netflix today, you will see a carefully curated list of titles that only begin to tell the complex and layered stories about racial injustice and Blackness in America.

This list includes a diverse range of programmes, from highly-acclaimed TV series such as When They See Us and Orange Is The New Black, to documentaries like Becoming, starring former FLOTUS, Michelle Obama.

See our selection of the top must-sees from the collection:

The Black Godfather

This documentary follows the life of Clarence Avant, the ultimate, uncensored mentor and behind-the-scenes rainmaker in music, film, TV and politics.

Watch it here

Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker

An African-American washerwoman rises from poverty to build a beauty empire and become the first female self-made millionaire. Based on a true story.

Watch it here

Da 5 Bloods

Four African American veterans return to Vietnam decades after the war to find their squad leader’s remains — and a stash of buried gold. From Spike Lee.

Watch it here

When They See Us

What if all boys were created equal? Five teens from Harlem become trapped in a nightmare when they’re falsely accused of a brutal attack in Central Park. Based on the true story.

Watch it here

Dear White People

Students of colour navigate the daily slights and slippery politics of life at an Ivy League college that’s not nearly as “post-racial” as it thinks.

Watch it here


Join former first lady Michelle Obama in an intimate documentary looking at her life, hopes and connection with others as she tours with “Becoming.”

Watch it here

Trevor Noah: Son of Patricia

Daily Show host, Trevor Noah touches on tacos, runaway snakes, camping, racism immunity and lessons he learned from his mother in this comedy special.

Watch it here

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Kunmi Odueke
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