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What to watch this Black History Month

What to watch this Black History Month

There’s a wealth of great content available to stream during Black History Month, from British gems to insightful documentaries and award-winning classics.

Take a look at some of our favourite moments from the entertainment world that reflect and highlight the history of black culture in music and films.

Black Britain

Blue Story (2019)

A tale of two childhood friends caught in a bitter London turf war, this film explores the motivations - and futility - of gang violence through the medium of hip-hop. (2019, 15).

Available on iTunes, Google Play, Sky Store.

Belle (2013)

This period drama is based on the true story of Dido Belle - a biracial child born to a British admiral and a former slave - navigating her way through 18th Century British aristocracy (2013, 12A).

Available on iTunes, Google Play, Sky Store.

Babylon (1980)

A young reggae DJ pursues his musical ambitions in the midst of Thatcher-era South London, tackling the many challenges that come with the period (1980, 18).

Available on Netflix.

The Last Tree (2019)

After growing up in rural Lincolnshire, teenager Femi struggles with unfamiliar surroundings and cultural differences when he moves in with his mother in London, as well as a journey to his homeland of Nigeria (2019, 15).

Available on Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, Netflix, Sky Store.

Critically Acclaimed

Get Out (2017)

Portraying the Black experience through a horror and comedy lens resulted in an Oscar-winning screenplay for first-time writer/director Jordan Peele (2017, 15).

Available on iTunes, Google Play, Sky Store.

Black Panther (2018)

A blockbuster that tackles themes of nationalism, colonisation and the key role of women in Black society, this film proved a landmark as the first superhero movie nominated for a Best Picture Oscar. (2018, 12A).

Available on iTunes, Google Play, Sky Store, Disney+.

Hamilton (2020)

Portraying the life and career of Alexander Hamilton with a diverse cast, this electric musical became a cultural touchstone thanks in large part to its phenomenal hip-hop and R&B laced soundtrack (2020, U).

Available on Disney+.

Remember the Titans (2000)

The true story of a newly appointed African-American football coach and his high school team as a racially integrated unit in 1970s Virginia, starring Denzel Washington. (2000, PG).

Available on Disney+, iTunes, Google Play, YouTube.

Documentaries

Black and British: A Forgotten History (2016)

Historian David Olusoga explores the relationship between Britain and people whose origins lie in Africa. From African Romans in 250AD to the black Tudor trumpeter, David uncovers a history both surprising and revealing.

Four parts, available on BBC iPlayer.

13th (2016)

Exploring race, justice and mass incarceration in the US, this thought-provoking documentary makes a case for the continuation of slavery through the American judicial system (2016, PG).

Available on Netflix and YouTube.

Good Hair

Narrated by Chris Rock, this film focuses on women's Afro hair and the burgeoning industry surrounding it, as well as perceptions of Black hair through the lens of celebrity, cultural influences and more. (2009, 15).

Available on iTunes, Prime Video, Google Play, YouTube.

Independent Cinema

Dope

Coming of age drama showcasing the trials and tribulations of a high-school 'geek' in Inglewood, set to a sharp Pharrell Williams soundtrack (2015, 15).

Available on Sky Store, Google Play, YouTube.

Fruitvale Station

Directorial debut of Black Panther helmer Ryan Coogler, based on the final hours of 22-year old Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan), fatally shot by a BART police officer in Oakland (2013, 15).

Available on Prime Video, Google Play, Sky Store.

Sorry to Bother You

Comedic story of a young Black contact centre worker who adopts a white accent to excel in his job, swiftly ascends the ranks and gets swept up into a crazy corporate conspiracy… (2018, 15)

Available on iTunes, Google Play, Sky Store, YouTube.

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