Black History Month is officially underway and Netflix has curated a list of documentaries, movies and mini-series that are educational, thought provoking and entertaining, each of which will keep us informed all month long.

Check out a few notable movies to watch on Netflix during this Black History Month.


Ava DuVernay’s powerful documentary, 13th explores the U.S. prison system and its extensive history of incarcerating African-Americans. The documentary’s title, 13th, refers to the 13th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution which states “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.” Once you’ve had a chance to watch the documentary in its entirety, you’ll understand the correlation between the 13th Amendment, the abolishment of slavery and the state of incarcerated African-Americans today.



Although we have a new commander-in-chief, we’ll always keep the Obamas and their legacy close to our hearts. Barry is a biopic about young President Barack Obama and speaks to his first year as a student at Columbia University, his biracial struggle, his rise to politics and more.

What Happened, Miss Simone?

The documentary, What Happened, Miss Simone? follows the life of singer and civil rights activist, Nina Simone. The film also portrays her struggles of becoming an artist while dedicating herself to being a part of the growing social movement happening around her.

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