A BLM collection of Black films and TV shows is available now on Netflix. The series features more than 45 titles and was launched by the streaming platform as an effort to support the BLM movement and their own Black creators, employees, members, and talent.
There is no better—and more crucial—time to learn about black history, black oppression, and other topics of the sort than right now. We should always be educating ourselves anyway, but the current circumstances is a demand for us to act upon previous ignorances and understand more about why the Black Lives Matter movement exists, and why it’s so significant.
As important reading black revolutionary texts and other articles are, everybody has different methods and approaches to learning. For some, reading isn’t the best possible way to achieve better comprehension on the subjects at hand. That’s why streaming giant Netflix has added a Black Lives Matter section under its list of genres in response to their audiences’ rising interest in titles related to African-American struggles, experiences, and the racial injustices that they face and have faced.
The new section features over 45 titles including Ava DuVernay’s 13th and When They See Us; Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods; Dee Rees’ Mudbound; Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight; Dear White People; and Orange Is the New Black. The titles are accessible via Netflix’s main menu, entering “Black Lives Matter” in the search bar, or the link netflix.com/blacklivesmatter. The collection also joins other Netflix collections that center around Black creators and subjects like Black Behind the Camera, Black Comedy Icons, Black Music Legends, and Black and Queer.
In a tweet, Netflix said: “When we say ‘Black Lives Matter, we also mean Black storytelling matters… To be silent is to be complicit… We have a duty to our Black members, employees, creators, and talent to speak up.”
The Criterion Collection has also lifted its paywall on all its titles from Black filmmakers and documentaries about the Black experience. (Text Jordinna Joaquin)
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