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Best Black Movies and Shows to Celebrate Black History Month

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Black Movies to Watch on Hulu

February is Black History Month and Hulu is bringing Black stories to the forefront with a curated collection of movies, TV shows, historical biopics, documentaries, and more. Plus, we’re highlighting essential episodes and titles with Black leads and Black creators — all in the Black Stories Hub.

Learn from the Black icons who changed the course of history with Hulu hits like Southside With You (based on Barack and Michelle Obama’s true love story), I Am Not Your Negro, and the highly anticipated release of The United States vs. Billie Holiday.

Best Black Movies

The United States vs. Billie Holiday

Premiering on Friday, February 26, The United States vs. Billie Holiday presents the story of jazz icon and civil rights activist Billie Holiday, who was targeted by the federal government as part of its efforts to escalate and racialize the war on drugs.

The new Hulu Original film, led by Oscar®-nominated director Lee Daniels and introducing Grammy®-nominated singer-songwriter Andra Day, captures the essence of Holiday — her life, legacy, and a voice that would not be silenced.

Watch: The United States vs. Billie Holiday Official Trailer

Bad Hair

 

From the acclaimed director of Dear White People comes the Hulu Original film Bad Hair, a story that captures the real struggles that Black women face in an image-obsessed world — but with a horror-satire twist. The star-studded cast includes Elle Lorraine, Vanessa Williams, Laverne Cox, and R&B music sensation Usher — making Bad Hair a can’t-miss.

Watch: Bad Hair

Amazing Grace

One thing is for sure: Aretha Franklin deserves our r-e-s-p-e-c-t, and this film uncovers exactly why.

Amazing Grace tells Franklin’s story as a civil rights activist and gospel music icon through real, live footage, transporting viewers back in time to The New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles where she recorded one of her most famous albums — you guessed it: Amazing Grace — in the year 1972.

Watch: Amazing Grace

If Beale Street Could Talk

Based on the popular novel by James Baldwin, If Beale Street Could Talk follows Tish (Kiki Layne) and Fonny (Stephan James), whose future plans get derailed when Fonny is wrongfully convicted of a crime. Don’t miss this soulful drama about a young couple fighting for justice in the name of love.

Watch: If Beale Street Could Talk

Southside With You

In 2008, Barack Obama made history as the first Black President of the United States — and he’s always been quick to attribute much of his success to his wife, Michelle. The film Southside With You recounts the early days of the power couple’s relationship — a true partnership that would later be labeled by many Americans as #RelationshipGoals.

If you love a good origin story, take a journey back to the summer of 1989 and watch as a charming law associate (Barack) makes his best effort to woo a reluctant attorney (Michelle).

Watch: Southside With You

I Am Not Your Negro

Based on another James Baldwin novel, I Am Not Your Negro illustrates racism in America through the stories of civil rights leaders like Malcolm X, Medgar Evers, and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Narrated by none other than Samuel L. Jackson, this journey into Black history questions Black representation in Hollywood and beyond, while drawing correlations between the civil rights and Black Lives Matter movements.

Watch: I Am Not Your Negro

Best Black TV Shows

Woke

Inspired by the life and work of artist Keith Knight, the Hulu Original comedy series Woke follows Keef (Lamorne Morris), an African-American cartoonist who is finally on the verge of mainstream success when an unexpected incident changes everything. Get “woke” through Keef’s eyes, as he learns to navigate the new voices and ideas that confront and challenge him.

Watch: Woke

Black-ish

The popular ABC series Black-ish follows Dre Johnson (Anthony Anderson), a successful businessperson and family man who starts questioning if his cushy life in the suburbs is robbing his family of their ethnic identity. The Golden Globe® and NAACP Image Award-winning comedy tackles important topics like race and religion, and has inspired two spin-off shows: Mixed-ish and Grown-ish, both streaming now on Hulu.

Watch: Black-ish

Your Attention Please

Interested in learning about Black innovators and creators who are working to leave the world better than they found it? Join actor and comedian Craig Robinson, host of Your Attention Please, on a “journey of epic Blackness” and discover the inspiring stories of today’s Black leaders who are taking charge and making a difference. Seasons 1 and 2 are streaming now.

Watch: Your Attention Please

More Black History Month Movies & TV Shows

We’re all about elevating and amplifying Black voices — and we’re always adding great content to the Black Stories Hub. Check it out for more titles to stream now.

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