Black History Month: Stay Empowered Throughout February With These Netflix Features

There’s nothing like binge-watching movies or shows on Netflix. If you find something worthwhile that caters to your interests and teaches you something in the process, the hours at the computer or television don’t end up feeling unproductive at all.

That’s why we at FLO have compiled a list of the top five shows, movies or specials from our friends at Netflix that you’ll be able to watch during Black History Month. This Netflix content aims to empower you throughout these 28 days, rather that just acting as black entertainment content. If you haven’t seen these specials, feel free to take our recommendations. Even if you have checked the above five specials off of your must-watch list, hey, what’s wrong with viewing them again?

Check out our list to see what you should watch throughout the month of February.

‘Imperial Dreams’

Starring Star Wars’ John Boyega and Keke Palmer, this drama film will begin streaming internationally on Feb. 3. It follows a young man attempting to leave his former lifestyle behind for the sake of his family and his future., which could surely attract viewers from various backgrounds when released.

‘Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom’

This 2013 flick starring Idris Elba and Oscar-nominated actress Naomie Harris chronicles the real life of Nelson Mandela, from his early life to his 27 years in prison to his reign as President of South Africa. Throughout his later years as displayed in the film, Mandela worked tirelessly to repair the deeply segregated country.

‘The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975’

For anyone interested in viewing footage from the Black Power Movement with clips of activists such as Angela Davis, Eldridge Cleaver and even Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., this documentary could be the one for you. Time Out New York noted that the film serves as a “time capsule of a turbulent era,” but in a way, we really have come so far.

‘What Happened, Miss Simone?’

The picture (nominated for an Oscar for “Best Documentary Feature” last year) chronicles the life of the fragile-yet-strong singer and activist. Simone stood for her people during the Civil Rights era, and also spoke at the Selma to Montgomery marches. As she says herself in footage from the film, “how can you be an artist and not reflect the times?”

‘Trevor Noah: African American’

Nothing is more empowering than witnessing a South African stand-up comedian born during apartheid to a white father and a black mother become one of the most popular faces on American television today. African American includes bits about Noah’s skin color, how he gets mistaken for different races constantly and how he assimilated to the American culture.