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Documentaries About Black Women on Netflix

The month of February is Black History Month and March is dedicated to Women’s History Month. It’s the perfect time to combine the two and enjoy documentaries on how Black women have lived, conquered, and prospered.

Culturally, politically, and socially, Black women have helped push this country forward. Luckily for you, Netflix has plenty of movies to celebrate Black History Month and Women’s History Month!

Black Women Movies on Netflix

Homecoming, a Film by Beyonce

This intimate, in-depth look at Beyonce’s celebrated 2018 Coachella performance reveals the emotional road from a creative concept to a cultural movement. (Stream on Netflix)


Join former first lady Michelle Obama in an intimate documentary looking at her life, hopes, and connection with others as she tours with “Becoming”. (Stream on Netflix)

Nina Simone: What Happened Miss Simone?
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Nina Simone (Actor)
  • Liz Garbus (Director) - Liz Garbus (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

What Happened, Miss Simone?

Using never-before-heard recordings, rare archival footage, and her best-known songs, this is the story of legendary singer and activist Nina Simone. (Stream on Netflix)

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In this documentary, trans creatives and thinkers share heartfelt perspectives and analyses about Hollywood’s impact on the trans community. (Stream on Netflix)

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom: A Legacy Brought to Screen

Viola Davis, Denzel Washington, George C. Wolfe and more share the heart, soul, and history that brought August Wilson’s timeless play to the screen. (Stream on Netflix)

Murder to Mercy: The Cyntoia Brown Story

After 16-year-old Cyntoia Brown is sentenced to life in prison, questions about her past, physiology, and the law itself call her guilt into question. (Stream on Netflix)

Good Hair
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Chris Rock (Actor)
  • Jeff Stilson (Director) - Chris Rock (Writer) - Chris Rock (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Good Hair

Chris Rock hops around the world going from beauty salons to science labs to comb through the mystery of Black hair. (Stream on Netflix)

Miss Virginia
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Uzo Aduba, Matthew Modine, Aunjanue Ellis (Actors)
  • R.J. Daniel Hanna (Director) - Erin O'Connor (Writer) - Stacey Parks (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Miss Virginia

Determined to give her son a private school education, a single mother in Washington, D.C., exhausts her resources to affect change in the system. (Stream on Netflix)

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Roxanne Roxanne

She grew up in a tough New York neighborhood in the ’80s and made history with “Roxanne’s Revenge.” The story of teen battle rap champ Roxanne Shanté. (Stream on Netflix)
Over generations, Black women have impacted our lives whether we realize it or not. From the music, we love to the clothes we wear and even the pursuit of justice that’s been sparked in us. Black women are amazing, and these movies are only the tip of the iceberg.

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