George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man was killed while being forcefully restrained by a white Minnesota police officer on May 25, 2020. Since then, outrage has swept America with protests and vigils. Photos and videos have been all over social media feeds, artists have memorialised Floyd with paintings, murals and photography. During this time, cultural sensitivity is of utmost importance. With this in mind, we put together a list of movies and shows that intelligently cover black history and the black experience in America.

SHOWS

‘POSE’

A drama series about New York City’s African-American and Latino LGBTQ community and ballroom culture in the city in the ’80s and ’90s.
Creators: Steven Canals, Brad Falchuk, Ryan Murphy
Cast: Mj Rodriguez, Dominique Jackson, Indya Moore
Seasons: 3 (2018, 2019, 2020)
Streaming on: Netflix, Disney+ Hotstar

‘When They See Us’

When They See Us is an intensely a raw look into the infamous 1980 Central Park Five Case, in which five young boys of colour were wrongfully accused and charged with the rape of a white woman.
Creators: Ava DuVernay
Cast: Asante Blackk, Caleel Harris, Ethan Herisse
Seasons: 1 (2019)
Streaming on: Netflix

‘Godfather Of Harlem’

The true story of 1960s crime boss Bumpy Johnson, who in an effort to take back his neighbourhood after a ten-year prison sentence, formed an alliance with preacher and civil rights activist Malcolm X.
Creators: Chris Brancato, Paul Eckstein
Cast: Forest Whitaker, Lucy Fry, Nigel Thatch
Seasons: 1 (2019)
Streaming on: Disney+ Hotstar

‘Dear White People’

Students of colour navigate life at Winchester University, a predominantly white Ivy League college. Dear White People (pictured above) has cutting satire for people of any colour.
Creators: Justin Simien
Cast: Logan Browning, Brandon P Bell, DeRon Horton
Seasons: 4 (2017-2020)
Streaming on: Netflix

‘Black Lightning’

Retired superhero Jefferson Pierce returns as Black Lightning to protect his neighbourhood after a gang threatens his family.
Creators: Salim Akil
Cast: Cress Williams, China Anne McClain, Nafessa Williams
Seasons: 3 (2018-2020)
Streaming on: Netflix

MOVIES

‘Hidden Figures’ (2016)

Three women African-American mathematicians behind astronaut John Glenn’s launch into orbit in 1962 deal with racial and gender discrimination at work.
Director: Theodore Melfi
Cast: Taraji P Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe
Streaming on: Amazon Prime Video

‘The Banker’ (2020)

Two ’50s African American entrepreneurs run their business while pretending to be a driver and janitor and hire a white man to pose as the head of the company.
Director: George Nolfi
Cast: Anthony Mackie, Samuel L Jackson, Nicholas Hoult
Streaming on: Apple TV+

’12 Years A Slave’ (2013)

The harrowing story of Solomon Northup, a black man from upstate New York, who is abducted and sold into slavery.
Director: Steve McQueen
Cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Kenneth Williams, Michael Fassbender
Streaming on: Netflix

‘Mudbound’ (2017)

Two World War II veterans, one white, one black return to Mississippi to address racism and PTSD, each in his own way.
Director: Dee Rees
Cast: Carey Mulligan, Jason Clarke, Jason Mitchell
Streaming on: Netflix

‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ (2018)

Young African-American sweethearts, Fonny and Tish are torn apart when Fonny is wrongly accused of raping a Puerto Rican woman by a racist cop.
Director: Barry Jenkins
Cast: KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Regina King
Streaming on: YouTube

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