Best Black Films & Shows to Watch Now


Yomileigh Abdi, Editor-in-Chief

Black History Month is a great time to diversify the entertainment you enjoy, especially with streaming services now offering designated sections to view black-centered content and making new titles available. To make this list more accessible, the films and shows have been sorted by streaming platform, so you will know which are available to you. This list comprises historical and current critically acclaimed works that highlight the black experience in America and the world, ranging from drama to comedy to documentary. Enjoy!

Note: The percentages after each title are the Rotten Tomatoes ratings 


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Viola Davis in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom – 98%

13th – 97%

When They See Us – 96%

See You Yesterday – 95%

Dear White People – 95%



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I Am Not Your Negro – 99%

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am – 97%

If Beale Street Could Talk – 95%

Clemency – 92%

Being Mary Jane – 90%



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Issa Rae in Insecure


A Black Lady Sketch Show – 100%

Judas and the Black Messiah – 96%

Insecure – 96%

Watchmen – 96%

Lovecraft Country – 88%



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Black Panther – 96%

Black is King – 95%

Soul – 95%

Queen of Katwe – 94%

Loop – N/A



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From left to right: Aldis Hodge (Jim Brown), Kingsley Ben-Adir (Malcom X), Leslie Odom Jr. (Sam Cooke), and Eli Goree (Cassius Clay) in One Night in Miami

One Night in Miami – 98%

Small Axe – 97%

Sylvie’s Love – 93%

Fences – 92%

Dope – 89%