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Black History Movies on Hulu

It's so much easier to find Black History Movies on Hulu than it is on other streaming platforms, like Netflix.

On Hulu, you can do a search for “Black History” and you will find a category called “Black Stories.” Within that category, you can choose from subcategories like History or Documentaries. I don't know if Netflix is trying to be politically correct or what, but I like Hulu's strategy.

Black History Movies on Hulu

Black history movies are all about showcasing the rich and diverse experiences, struggles, and triumphs of the African American community. They delve into historical events, key figures, and untold stories, offering a powerful and often emotional journey that highlights the resilience, contributions, and cultural heritage of Black people throughout history.

The United States vs. Billie Holiday

On February 26, 2021, you can watch this movie. It follows the incredible and tragic life of superstar Billie Holiday! Starring Grammy Nominee Andra Day and Directed by the Academy Awards Nominee Lee Daniels! (Stream on Hulu)

Crime + Punishment

This film chronicles the real struggles of a group of whistleblower cops in NYC as they fight back against the illegal arrest quotas they’re pressured into. (Stream on Hulu)

  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • John Boyega, Anthony Mackie, Algee Smith (Actors)


Detroit tells the gripping story of one of the most terrifying moments during the civil unrest that rocked Detroit in the summer of '67. (Stream on Hulu)

Roots: The Complete Miniseries
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • LeVar Burton, Cicely Tyson, Edward Asner (Actors)


After landing in America, Kunta is sold to an ill-tempered tobacco plantation owner named John Waller. Waller assigns Fiddler, the talented violinist and favored slave, to break Kunta of his pride and accept his slave identity. (Stream on Hulu)

Living on Soul
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Sharon Jones, Charles Bradley, Gabe Roth (Actors)

Living on Soul

Filmed during their three-night, sold-out residency at the historic Apollo Theater, this hybrid docu-concert film features the late great Sharon Jones, Charles Bradley, and the rest of the Grammy-nominated Daptone Records family. (Stream on Hulu)

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B. B. King on the Road

This documentary takes viewers through the days spent traveling and the nights spent performing in between life’s milestones featuring new and exclusive contributions from B.B. King as he began to wind down touring.  (Stream on Hulu)

Underground, Season 1
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Misha Green (Producer)


An unflinching story of plantation slaves that band together for the fight of their lives–for their families, their future, and their freedom. (Stream on Hulu)

Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Grace Jones (Actor)

Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami

A larger-than-life entertainer, an androgynous glam-pop diva – Grace Jones is all these things and more. Sophie Fiennes’s documentary goes beyond the traditional music biography, offering a portrait as stylish and unconventional as its subject. (Stream on Hulu)

  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Chi Chi Mizrahi, Gia Marie Love, Divo Pink Lady (Actors)


25 years after ‘Paris Is Burning' introduced the art of voguing to the world, Kiki revisits New York City's thriving underground ballroom scene. (Stream on Hulu)

Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Alexis Adler, Al Diaz, Fred Brathwaite aka Fab 5 Freddy (Actors)

Boom for Real

Follow Basquiat's life pre-fame and how New York City, the times, the people, and the movements surrounding him formed the artist he became. (Stream on Hulu)

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It's important that we remember the history of this nation's people; the prejudice they faced and the communities that have been their safe-haven. Black history is this nation's history, so we should all take the time to educate ourselves.  

To continue learning, check out the Black History Research Unit

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