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Drama (Netflix)

42 (2013)
42 (2013)

In 1946, Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford), legendary manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, defies major league baseball's notorious color barrier by signing Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) to the team. The heroic act puts both Rickey and Robinson in the firing line of the public, the press and other players. Facing open racism from all sides, Robinson demonstrates true courage and admirable restraint by not reacting in kind and lets his undeniable talent silence the critics for him.

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A Wrinkle in Time (2018)
A Wrinkle in Time (2018)

Meg Murry and her little brother, Charles Wallace, have been without their scientist father, Mr. Murry, for five years, ever since he discovered a new planet and used the concept known as a tesseract to travel there. Joined by Meg's classmate Calvin O'Keefe and guided by the three mysterious astral travelers known as Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which, the children brave a dangerous journey to a planet that possesses all of the evil in the universe.

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Amateur (2018)
Amateur (2018)

After he's recruited to an elite prep school, a 14-year-old basketball phenom is confronted by corruption and greed in amateur sports.

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Beasts of No Nation (2015)
Beasts of No Nation (2015)

As civil war rages in Africa, a fierce warlord trains a young orphan to join his group of guerrilla soldiers.

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Black Panther (2018)
Black Panther (2018)

After the death of his father, T'Challa returns home to the African nation of Wakanda to take his rightful place as king. When a powerful enemy suddenly reappears, T'Challa's mettle as king -- and as Black Panther -- gets tested when he's drawn into a conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people.

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Documentaries (Netflix)

13th (2016)
13th (2016)

Filmmaker Ava DuVernay explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the fact that the nation's prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans.

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Biggie and Tupac (2002)
Biggie and Tupac (2002)

Filmmaker Nick Broomfield examines the unsolved murders of rappers Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls.

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The Black Panthers (2015)
The Black Panthers (2015)

Filmmaker Stanley Nelson examines the rise of the Black Panther Party in the 1960s and its impact on civil rights and American culture.

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Chasing Trane (2016)
Chasing Trane (2016)

The life and work of legendary jazz musician John Coltrane, including commentary from Denzel Washington, Carlos Santana, Common, Cornell West, Bill Clinton and others.

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Freeway, Crack in the System (2015)
Freeway, Crack in the System (2015)

The history of America's longest war against the infiltration of drugs.

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TV Shows (Netflix)

A Different World (1987-1993)
A Different World (1987-1993)

A Different World follows the daughter of Dr. Huxtable, Denise Huxatble, as she attended the alma mater of her parents, Hillman College. Denise struggles through college and meets memorable friends along the way.

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Being Mary Jane (2013-2018)
Being Mary Jane (2013-2018)

Gabrielle Union as Pauletta ("Mary Jane Paul") Patterson: a successful TV news anchor for Satellite News Channel (SNC) who remains devoted to a family that doesn't share her motivation as she juggles her life, her relationships, her work, and commitments.

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The Bernie Mac Show (2001-2006)
The Bernie Mac Show (2001-2006)

The Bernie Mac Show (often shortened to Bernie Mac in syndication) is an American sitcom that aired on Fox for five seasons from November 14, 2001, to April 14, 2006. The series featured comic actor Bernie Mac and his wife Wanda raising his sister's three kids: Jordan, Vanessa, and Bryana.

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The Boondocks (2005-2014)
The Boondocks (2005-2014)

Based on the original comic strip Boondocks, Two young brothers (Huey and Riley) move away from their birth city to live with their irascible grandfather out in the suburbs. ... Based on the comic strip, Huey and Riley move away from the city and out to the suburbs with their irascible grandfather.

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The Carmichael Show (2015-2017)
The Carmichael Show (2015-2017)

The Carmichael Show follows a fictional version of comedian Jerrod Carmichael's family, set in Charlotte, North Carolina. Family members include Jerrod's father Joe, mother Cynthia, and brother Bobby. Other characters include Jerrod's live-in girlfriend (later wife) Maxine, and Bobby's estranged wife Nekeisha.

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Drama / Comedies / Documentaries (HBO)

3-1 2 Minutes, Ten Bullets 2015
3-1 2 Minutes, Ten Bullets 2015

On November 23, 2012, Jordan Davis' death made national headlines after the African AMerican teenager was shot and killed by Michael Dunn, a 45-year-old white man who fired 10 bullets at a car carrying four unarmed teens. This Sundance-winning documentary examines the murder, Dunn's trial and the racial prejudices inherent in this tragic, all-too-familiar case.

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Barbershop (2002)
Barbershop (2002)

A smart comedy about a day in the life of a barbershop on the south side of Chicago. Calvin (Ice Cube), who inherited the struggling business from his deceased father, views the shop as nothing but a burden and a waste of his time. After selling the shop to a local loan shark, Calvin slowly begins to see his father's vision and legacy and struggles with the notion that he just sold it out.

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Barbershop 2: Back in Business (2004
Barbershop 2: Back in Business (2004

This sequel to the 2002 film returns to the Chicago barbershop owned by Calvin Palmer Jr. (Ice Cube). His employees -- Isaac (Troy Garity), Terri (Eve), Ricky (Michael Ealy), Dinka (Leonard Earl Howze) and Kenard -- have their own personal and workplace problems, and a new barbershop called Nappy Cutz has moved in across the street. As Calvin tries to change the character of his business, Nappy Cutz and gentrification become a threat to the surrounding community.

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Bessie (2015)
Bessie (2015)

Blues singer Bessie Smith (Queen Latifah) rises to fame in the 1920s to become a musical legend.

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Confirmation (2016)
Confirmation (2016)

Confirmation is a 2016 American television political thriller film, directed by Rick Famuyiwa and written by Susannah Grant. It is about Clarence Thomas' Supreme Court nomination hearings, and the controversy that unfolded when Anita Hill alleged she was sexually harassed by Thomas.

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