Movies, TV Shows, Books, and Music: Everything You Need This Black History Month

February 6, 2021

Whether you’re a strong Black Lives Matter activist, an avid learner and lover of Black history and culture, or just want a good movie to watch in honor of Black History Month, we’ve got you covered! Check out this ultimate list of recommendations to start you off right. If you have any recommendations, feel free to put them in the comments box at the bottom of the page. Now, let’s get to it!


Hood Feminism: Notes From the Women that a Movement Forgot by Mikki Kendall

salt. by Nayyirah Waheed

Heart Talk by Cleo Wade

The Wind Done Gone by Alice Randall

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo

A Mercy by Toni Morrison

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Beloved by Toni Morrison

I Tituba, Black Witch of Salem by Maryse Condé

Tenderheaded: A Comb-Bending Collection of Hair Stories by Pamela Johnson

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Cane River by Latita Tademy

Red River by Latita Tademy

Good Hair by Benide Little

Little Leaders – Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison

Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

The Haunting of Hip Hop by Bertice Berry

Hip Hop America by Nelson George

The Collected Poetry of Nikki Giovanni by Nikki Giovanni

An Anthology of African American Writing

Gumbo edited by Marita Golden & E. Lynn Harris

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

A Promised Land by Barack Obama

The Truths We Hold: An American Journey by Kamala Harris

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon

The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Black Futures by Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham

Assata: An Autobiography by Assata Shakur

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

Heads of the Colored People by Nafissa Thompson-Spires

Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to WWII by Douglas A. Blackmon

Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

Movies and Shows

Miss Juneteenth Not Rated, Amazon Prime

Loving PG-13, Netflix

The Remix: Hip Hop Fashion TV-MA, Netflix

The Black Godfather TV-MA, Netflix

School Daze R, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, Google Play, Youtube Movies

13th TV-MA, Netflix, Youtube

When They See Us TV-MA, Netflix

Grass is Greener TV-MA, TW: Drugs, Netflix

See You Yesterday TV-MA, Netflix

Watchmen R, HBO Max

Self-Made Madam CJ Walker TV-MA, Netflix

Malcom X HBO Max

The Get Down TV-MA, Netflix

What Happened, Miss Simone? TV-14, Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Prime Video

Jean Michael Basquiat: The Radiant Child Amazon Prime

Family Matters TV-G, Hulu

American Son TV-MA, Netflix

Living Single Hulu

Moesha TV-PG, Netflix

Harriet PG-13, HBO Max

Hidden Figures PG, Disney+

The Wiz G, Hulu

Step PG, Youtube, Amazon Prime Video, Google Play 


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