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20 Best Black Movies & Shows on Hulu

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Looking for some really good black movies and shows 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. 

Learn from the Black icons who changed the course of history with Hulu hits like The United States vs. Billie Holiday, I Am Not Your Negro, and Summer of Soul, and catch some of our favorites from black creators, like The Hate U Give, Black-ish, and Empire. 

Check out the essential titles you can’t miss this month.

Best Black Movies on Hulu

If Beale Street Could Talk

Based on the popular novel by James Baldwin, the Oscar-winning film 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 

The Hate U Give

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When Starr Carter (Amandla Stenberg) witnesses her best friend getting shot and killed by a police officer, she can’t remain silent. Caught between the black community where she lives and the mostly white community at her private prep school, Starr must learn to find her voice and stand up for what is right. 

Watch: The Hate U Give

Boyz n The Hood

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The 1991 hit Boyz n the Hood follows half brothers Doughboy (Ice Cube) and Ricky (Morris Chestnut), as well as their friend Tre (Cuba Gooding Jr.), as they struggle to survive on the streets of inner city Los Angeles. Surrounded by violence, crime, drugs, and alcohol, the trio has to fight to make it out of the hood. 

Watch: Boyz n the Hood 

Black History Movies 

The United States vs. Billie Holiday

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The United States vs. Billie Holiday presents the story of Billie Holiday, a jazz music icon and civil rights activist 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 starring Grammy®-nominated singer-songwriter Andra Day, captures the essence of Holiday — her life, legacy, and her voice that would not be silenced. 

Watch: The United States vs. Billie Holiday

Brian Banks

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At 16-years-old, Brian Banks (Aldis Hodge) had a bright future. His talent on the football field presented him with a way from his dark reality growing up in the inner city—until one mistake took all of that away. When Brian Banks was wrongly convicted of murder, he lost his scholarships, NFL hopes, and 11 years of his life. 

Don’t miss this inspirational story and stark look at our broken justice system.

Watch: Brian Banks  

Women of the Movement

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Based on a true story, Women of the Movement follows Mamie Till-Mobley and her fight for justice after the brutal murder of her son in the Jim Crow south in 1955. Rather than suffer in silence, Mamie put herself in the spotlight and sparked the Civil Rights movement that changed history. 

Dive into the story of a woman who will not let her son die in vain in this harrowing biopic feature

Watch: The Women of the Movement

Black Documentaries

MLK/FBI

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Based on newly declassified files, MLK/FBI explores the U.S. government’s harassment and surveillance of civil rights leader, Martin Luther King Jr. Using archival footage of MLK from the year 1955 to 1968 when he was assassinated, this true crime documentary investigates the events leading up to his untimely death.  

Watch: MLK/FBI

Summer of Soul

Just 100 miles south of notorious Woodstock, an event that no one has ever heard of took place over the course of six weeks in Mount Morris Park. This event was the Harlem Cultural Festival. The festival was a celebration of black culture, featuring unbelievable concerts, dancing, and food. 

This documentary film explores the never-before-seen footage from 1969 and gives voice to the men and women of the movement.

Watch: Summer of Soul 

Amazing Grace

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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 1972.

Watch: Amazing Grace

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 – 3 are streaming now.

Watch: Your Attention Please

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 Shows

Wu-Tang: An American Saga

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The Hulu Original series Wu-Tang: An American Saga is based on the true story of the Wu-Tang Clan, a popular hip-hop group who escaped lives of crime to become the unlikeliest of American success stories. 

Set in the early ’90s at the height of the crack cocaine epidemic, Wu-Tang documents the Clan’s formation and rise to fame. The series grabbed an Emmy Award®-nomination in 2020 for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music.

Watch: Wu-Tang: An American Saga

Woke

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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

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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

Atlanta

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Created by and starring Grammy, Golden Globe, and Emmy Award-winner Donald Glover (aka Childish Gambino), comes a dramedy series focused on the lives of young rappers trying to find success in the Atlanta music scene. Atlanta touches on the issues of race, poverty, class, and more through the lens of young, black, aspiring rappers. 

Watch: Atlanta

Queen Sugar

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Created by renowned filmmaker Ava Duvernay, Queen Sugar follows three siblings in rural Louisiana following the unexpected death of their father. The three have to pause their lives and come together to figure out how to keep their father’s 800 acre sugarcane farm running. This NAACP Award-winning show hits on the universal issues of culture, class, gender, and race through the lens of its all-black cast.

Watch: Queen Sugar

Empire

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When Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard) is diagnosed with ALS, the fate of his successful record label is left up in the air. His wife, Cookie Lyon, played by powerhouse actress Taraji P. Henson, is just out of prison and, upon hearing the news of her husband’s diagnosis, looks to claim her place as the new head of the company—but their three sons may have other ideas.

Watch: Empire  

Scandal

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Tough-as-nails Crisis Manager Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) is one of Washington D.C.’s most successful “fixers.” When politicians, high-level executives, and even the President himself face problems that could become a PR nightmare, Olivia steps in and makes everything go away—at a high price. 

From television mogul Shonda Rhimes, Scandal truly lives up to its name—but don’t worry, it’s handled.

Watch: Scandal

Black Scary Movies

Antebellum

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From the producers of Get Out and starring actress Janelle Monáe, Antebellum tells the horror story of Veronica, a young and successful author who wakes up trapped in a terrifying alternate reality on a slave plantation. With her life and the lives of her husband and young daughter on the line, Veronica must fight to escape and figure out the dark secrets of the plantation’s leaders.  

Watch: Antebellum

Bad Hair

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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, Judith Scott, Laverne Cox, and R&B music sensation Usher — making Bad Hair a can’t-miss.

Watch: Bad Hair 

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