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What To Watch on Netflix for Black History Month

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What are y’all watching on Netflix for Black History Month?

Yes, I believe we should be learning about this piece of American history all year long.

However, I do like having an intentional time when the collective United States is focusing on Black folks. 

There are events and educational opportunities intended to teach people about the African-American experience, and I never fail to learn something new every year.

Whether you have a chance to get out to some of those events or not, you can still learn a lot about the Black experience in America on your own by reading, talking to people, and watching movies and television shows. 

If you have kids, make sure to involve them in learning about Black history.

Here’s a list of movies and shows that you can watch in February 2022 on Netflix for Black History Month and beyond.

Unique Black Experiences

We Are The Brooklyn Saints – This documentary series follows a youth football program in East NY, Brooklyn

The Remix: Hip-Hop x Fashion – Hear the stories behind 80’s and 90’s hip-hop fashion.

Pose – Get into this series that dramatizes the Black ballroom culture experience. 

Hip-Hop Evolution – Find out everything you ever wanted to know about hip-hop in this documentary series.

School Daze – It’s homecoming week at HBCU, Mission College. One of my favorite movies ever. 

Dear White People – This dramatic, often funny, series is a fictionalized account of Black students at a predominately white university.

Marching Orders – Interesting for the whole family, this docuseries is all about the Marching Wildcats, the Bethune-Cookman University marching band.

Netflix Originals

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom – Ma Rainey and her band are recording an album over the course of a day. Breathtaking performances, in particular Chadwick Boseman and Viola Davis.

Kevin Hart’s Guide to Black History – Kevin Hart highlights the fascinating contributions of Black history’s unsung heroes in this entertaining — and educational — comedy special.

Homecoming– Beyoncé’s film that gives an inside look at her 2018 Coachella performances will have you tearing the floor up.

Uncorked – Instead of taking over his family’s BBQ restaurant, Elijah wants to become a sommelier.

Malcolm & Marie – Zendaya and John David Washington are quarreling lovers. Yes, Zendaya is all grown up.

The 40-Year-Old Version – Radha is a playwright who’s approaching 40 and following her dreams. 

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Biographies and Documentaries

High on the Hog – You’ll learn so much from this documentary that delves into Black history through food!

Becoming – Learn about our favorite first lady, Michelle Obama and be inspired by her journey.

The Last Dance – This series focused on Michael Jordan spills ALL the NBA tea.

Self Made – Although it’s not the actual biography of Madame CJ Walker, it’s close enough to make you want to do your own research.

Jewel’s Catch One – Jewel Thais-Williams is a nightclub owner who provided a safe space for Black LGBT communities. 

Roxanne Roxanne – The story of teen battle rapper Roxanne Shante is captivating in this biopic.

Black Television Shows For the family

Half & Half – Sisters who grew up in different households build a relationship as adults. 

Sister, Sister – Twin sisters separated at birth, find each other as teens. 

One on One – A teen daughter moves in with her bachelor dad and hilarity ensues.

Moesha – This show follows Moesha as she navigates life in high school, friends, and family.

The Parkers – Kim Parker and her mom Nikki enroll at community college together. Lots of laughs.

Motown Magic – All of your favorite Motown songs, a charming cartoon cast, and a colorful world make this a fun family watch.

Family Reunion – Moz and Cocoa decide to move to Georgia in order to be closer to their family. 

Black Television For Adults

Girlfriends – Joan Clayton and her friends are there for each other through thick and thin.

The Game – Melody and Derwin are figuring out engaged life as a pro football player and a med student.

Dolemite – This movie was so much fun, but it is truly for adults only. It’s more Eddie Murphy “Raw” than “Daddy Day Care”!

kid-friendly black history movies on netflix

Dance Dreams Hot Chocolate Nutcracker – This demographic following Debbie Allen’s dance company’s production of the Hot Chocolate Nutcracker is fun for the entire family 

Good Burger – Funny kids save a fast food restaurant

The Main Event – Leo wants to be a successful WWE wrestler. Thanks to a little bit of magic, the impossible happens.

Jingle Jangle – Yes, it’s a Christmas movie. But it’s also a STEM, adventure, and musical film.