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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)

Becoming

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)

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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Disclosure

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 Cyntoia Brown, 16, is sentenced to life in prison, her guilt is called into question over an examination of her past, physiology, and the law itself. (Stream on Netflix)

 

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)
 

The Rachel Divide

Rachel Dolezal, the former leader of the NAACP’s Spokane branch, her family, and her critics reckon with the aftermath of a national debate sparked by questions about her racial identity.  (Stream on Netflix)

Oprah + Viola

Oprah Winfrey interviews actress Viola Davis about her memoir, `Finding Me’, in which she shares memories of a childhood marked by poverty and abuse. (Stream on Netflix)

In Our Mothers’ Gardens

Black women from across the globe unlock the stories of their mothers to redefine holistic lives rooted in radical self-care and healing in this documentary. Filmmaker Shantrelle P. Lewis examines the complex and often humorous relationship between Black mothers and daughters throughout American history.  (Stream on Netflix)

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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 unique, and these movies are only the tip of the iceberg.

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