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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 01: Roxanne Shante peforms during the YO! MTV Raps 30th Anniversary Live Event at Barclays Center on June 1, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)

Thanks to 2020 being a leap year, there are five more days left of Black History Month. So there is still time to celebrate and learn about black leaders, trailblazers, and more.

Netflix currently has a myriad of films pertaining to black icons and heroes. Below are 11 films to watching on Netflix during Black History Month.

Roxanne Roxanne

Roxanne Roxanne is the biopic of Queens-born MC Roxanne Shante. It follows her rise and the obstacles she had to overcome as a woman rapper.

Who Killed Malcolm X?

An activist embarks upon a complex mission seeking the truth regarding Malcolm X’s assassination decades after the leader’s death.

When They See Us

When They See Us is a miniseries that follows the Central Park Five who were accused of a crime they maintain they’re innocent of committing. The miniseries documents the five teenagers as they fight for exoneration.

When They See Us | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix

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Paris Is Burning

Directed by Jennie Livingston, the documentary captures a vibrant snapshot of the black and Latinx LGBTQ community of New York City during the 1980s, specifically the ballroom scene.

LA 92

The documentary outlines the Los Angeles riots of 1992, which were sparked by the brutal beating of motorist Rodney King by police officers.

Siempre Bruja

The fantasy series is centered around a 19-year-old slave and witch from the 17th century, who is forced to travel to the current day.

The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson

The film is centered around an investigation of the death of Marsha P. Johnson, an LGBTQ liberation activist.

Black Earth Rising

The drama outlines the relationship between Kate, a survivor of the Rwandan genocide, and her adopted mother.


This documentary takes an intimate look into the life of Quincy Jones, an iconic award-winning producer, songwriter, composer, and arranger.


Come Sunday

Based on a true story, the film chronicles a black minister, Carlton Pearson, who was ostracized by the church for questioning the validity of hell.

Dolemite Is My Name

The biopic is centered around performer Rudy Ray Moore’s development of the outrageous blaxploitation character of Dolemite.

Glennisha Morgan is a Detroit-bred multimedia journalist and writer. She writes about intersectionality, hip-hop, pop culture, queer issues, race, feminism, and her truth. Follow her on Twitter @GlennishaMorgan.

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