Netflix, Amazon and Hulu spotlight black stories with film collections

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As protests following the death of George Floyd continue, several streaming services have launched collections about black life.

Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Hulu have curated lists of movies that focus on the experiences of black people. On Netflix, the list is under the genre Black Lives Matter, which can be found when searching the phrase. Amazon Prime Video's black film collection is titled "Black History, Hardship & Hope" while Hulu's collection is categorized as "Black Stories."

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Netflix — “Black Lives Matter”

Introduced on Wednesday, Netflix tweeted “When we say ‘Black Lives Matter,’ we also mean ‘Black storytelling matters.’

“With an understanding that our commitment to true, systemic change will take time – we’re starting by highlighting powerful and complex narratives about the Black experience.”

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The streaming giant, which initially launched the “Strong Black Lead” storytelling initiative in 2018, includes the following among the movies, shows and documentaries in the “Black Lives Matter” lineup.

  • All American
  • Orange Is The New Black
  • When They See Us
  • 13th
  • Dear White People
  • Malcolm X
  • #BlackAF
  • LA 92
  • Pose
  • HOMECOMING: A film by Beyoncé

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Amazon Prime Video — “Black voices”

Amazon released a lineup of black films and documentaries on Prime Video.

“Black lives matter. Amazon stands in solidarity with the Black community,” the page states.

Films, shows and documentaries, most of which are only available on Amazon Prime Video, include but are not limited to the following titles.

  • Selma
  • Brian Banks
  • I Am Not Your Negro
  • Salute
  • The Last Black Man in San Francisco
  • John L. Waller: Striving For Equality
  • Marcus Garvey - A Giant Of Black Politics
  • Crown Heights
  • Spies of Mississippi
  • My Life With Rosie

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Hulu has compiled a collection of hundreds of titles focused on black people, which it initially launched for Black History Month 2019.

“For this month and the ones to come, we’re showcasing inspiring Black artists, talent, and voices – and the visionaries on the come up now. Get into it,” read a description on the streaming service.

Below is a small list of movies and TV shows included in the genre.

  • Black Stories Presents: Your Attention Please
  • Detroit
  • Confirmation
  • Roots
  • Sorry To Bother You
  • The Chi
  • Black-ish
  • How To Get Away With Murder
  • Insecure
  • Doc McStuffins