Black culture is often imitated and appropriated, but the magic of authentic representation occurs when Black people are centered in every aspect of the creative process. This Black History Month we invite you to begin diversifying your entertainment choices and amplifying Black diversity of thought and expression beyond the lens of pain and trauma.
It wasn’t easy narrowing down our recommendations but we curated a list of some favorite tv shows, movies and podcasts that authentically spotlight Black culture. So the next time you’re looking for something that will expand your frame of reference, consider this list!
Insecure artfully depicts the Black millennial experience through a diverse set of characters navigating friendships, work and relationships. Added bonus – each episode’s soundtrack will keep you movin and groovin to the music of Black artists.
Black-ish is realistic yet fun when broaching the topic of race and its intersection into every aspect of society. This family-friendly sitcom is bold, empathetic and filled with levity.
Acclaimed writer and director John Singleton casted Janet Jackson and Tupac Shakur in Poetic Justice – a film about love, loss and finding yourself. This romantic drama is a throwback that debuted in 1993.
Okay, Now Listen amplifies the perspectives of friends Scottie Beam and Sylvia Obell who keep listeners cracking up! The ladies offer a peek into Black “girl talk” of all things pop culture.
The 9-minute animated film Canvas will have you chocking back tears as the grandfather of a young girl rediscovers his inspiration for painting.
If you’re cool with keeping it creepy – think monsters, magic, and gore – the supernatural thriller Lovecraft Country is probably right up your alley. The characters travel across the Jim Crow South investigating familial legacies and attempt to overcome the terrors that await.
Jumping the Broom is a cute rom-com that depicts two Black families gathering for a whirlwind wedding. It’s lighthearted, fun and stars powerhouse Black actresses Angela Bassett and Loretta Devine.