11 Jun 2020

Netflix’s Black Lives Matter Collection

When it came time to wind down after a long work day, I was greeted to a new welcome screen on Netflix. The streaming service came out loud and clear about their stance on Black Lives Matter and it was one of the more impressive things I have seen from a brand thus far. If you’re going to settle into a show or movie, why not make it educational? It was a move that not only spotlighted a movement, but one of learning. The collection includes 50 titles centered around social injustice and the experiences of African Americans. Popular titles include Oscar winning film, “Moonlight,” “13th,” “When They See Us,” and Netflix favorite and original television series, “Orange is the New Black.”

Netflix released in a statement, “When we say ‘Black Lives Matter,’ we also mean ‘Black storytelling matters. With an understanding that our commitment to true, systemic change will take time — we’re starting by highlighting powerful and complex narratives about the Black experience,”

Many of these television series, movies, and documentaries have been on my list previously. I’m just lucky that Netflix is now putting these right in front of me so that I can prioritize my watch list. Last night, we kicked things off with The Black Godfather, a documentary about music exec Clarence Avant.

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