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MUST WATCH: 25 Movies on Netlix with Black Leads

I adore Blavity, for so many reasons. This awesome list is just one of them. I’ve seen every one of these and I must co-sign these must-sees.


On the surface, it might not seem like Netflix provides many films starring or concerning Black people. But after digging through genres, you can find comedies, dramas, documentaries and, of course, a few favorite guilty pleasures with Black leads and casts. Luckily, we’ve done the searching for you. Next time you’re looking for something to stream on Netflix, check out some of these films and short educational series.

1. Fruitvale Station (2013)
Sundance Film award-winning drama, Fruitvale Station, follows the final hours of Oscar Grant who was shot by Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Police on the train station platform New Year’s Day, 2009. Not to mention, it stars Octavia Spencer and our boy Michael B. Jordan.

2. Middle of Nowhere (2012)
Directed by Ava DuVernay, Middle of Nowhere follows medical student Ruby, who puts her studies on hold when her husband is sent to prison for eight years.

3. Eve’s Bayou (1996)
Set in 1960s Louisiana, this film centers on young Eve, who learns of her father’s infidelity and also learns lessons about truth, love and cheating.

4. Dark Girls (2012)
This documentary explores colorism and the prejudices held against dark-skinned women in society through interviews with women, men and academics.

5. Bebe’s Kids (1992)
Remember “We don’t die. We multiply?” And baby Pee Wee’s strong, manly voice? Flashback to the ’90s and recap on the lovable chaos of these out of control children in Bebe’s Kids.

6. Hoop Dreams (1994)
This award-winning documentary follows two top high school basketball players and the struggles they face concerning race and class in inner-city Chicago.

7. Juice (1992)
Tupac. Need I say more?

8. Girlhood (2015)
Sick of life at school and being abused at home, Marieme starts a new life of independence.

See the full list and trailers/clips for each over at Blavity!

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