After last year’s awakening, several businesses scrambled to amplify Black voices and I’m interested to see how and if this continues. Telling Black stories loudly and truthfully is only one piece of solving the puzzle that white supremacy created but it’s a powerful one. Black stories are important. They explore and illuminate our humanity. The same humanity that has been ignored and even denied throughout history. Since we’re all at home more and you’ve likely exhausted the “Black Lives Matter” sections of your favorite streaming platforms, I thought I’d share a list of 40+ films & TV shows to watch from Black storytellers during Black History Month 2021 and for years to come.

Black TV Shows to Watch in 2021

A ridiculously short time ago, Black ownership in Hollywood was unheard of. Hollywood is a notoriously white-centering and white-owned space. Remember #Oscarssowhite? That tide has turned. Black-owned production companies, Black directors, Black producers, Black animators, and Black show runners are making their marks in a big way and telling stories that go beyond Black trauma and American slavery. Up next, 26 Black movies to stream.

Movies from Black Creators

This (not nearly exhaustive) list includes Black films and TV shows to watch in 2021 from Ava Duvernay’s Array, Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions, LeBron James’ Springhill Entertainment, and Tyler Perry Studios just to name a few. In addition to Black stories to watch, I included a few titles that don’t center Black folks in order to show the versatility of Black filmmakers and creators. There are also movies and TV shows that explore intersections in Black identities.

This list of Black films and shows to stream should fill up your queue through BHM 2021 and there are many more out there so don’t stop here. Feel free to add your Black movie recommendations in the comments below. Sharing is caring so be sure to pin this Black History Month streaming list on Pinterest. Thanks for reading!

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