10 Netflix movies to watch to educate yourself

Written by: Sarah Chase

During these stressful times for the Black community, it is important that those not of color educate themselves to be a supportive ally.

10. 13th: Focuses on America’s prisons and how they are disproportionately filled with POC.

9. LA 92: Focuses on the period following the Rodney King trial verdict in 1992. The acquittal of four police officers after beating a black motorists led to several days of protests and riots in Los Angeles.

8. What Happened, Mrs.Simone?: Nina Simone lived with the height of her career during the Civil Rights Movement. The documentary uses archival footage, never-before-heard recordings, and some of her most famous songs to paint a picture of her life and the time she lived it in.

7. The Black Panthers: Vanguard of Revolution: The documentary explores the nuances within the Black Panther Party, a group that is often glorified and demonized today, and the ways it shaped a revolutionary cultural awakening and tried to transform a broken and oppressive system.

6. Maya Angelou: And I Still Rise: Angelou was raised in the segregated town of Stamps, Arkansas. She grew to be one of the most prolific writers in US history. The documentary tells of the passionate way she lived her life.

5. I am Ali: Using Muhumad Ali’s audio diaries, I am Ali depicts the life of the man who said “I am America, I am the part you won’t recognize… Black, confident, cocky. My name, not yours. My religion, not yours. My goals, my own. Get used to me.”

4. Paris is Burning: The 1990’s documentary shows a glimpse into the once-secret world of 1980’s Harlem Drag Balls and the gay, Black men who used it as their refuge, pioneered the art of voguing, and shaped modern Drag culture as we now know it.

3. Teach Us All: The documentary takes a look at how school segregation didn’t REALLY end with Brown vs. Board of Education, and how that sparked a social justice movement to bring equal access to quality education to all students in America.

2. King In the Wilderness: This documentary portrays the final 18 months of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life. It covers his role in the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and his assassination in 1968. Interviews with his friends from that period make clear that Dr. King was so much more than what we already know

1. Dark Girls: Dark Girls explores the bias that black women face all over the world, and looks at how countless women actively try to lighten their skin in the hope of a better life. The documentary also conversely examines how white women use tanning beds, Botox and plastic surgery to make them appear "more ethnic". Dark Girls will make you think of the male gaze from a different viewpoint.

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