The month of February is Black History Month a month where we celebrate everything about black culture and history. While there are a variety of ways to display your pride and participate in learning about the culture throughout this month, it should be an ongoing, always working process. If you’re looking for a subtle way to celebrate on the couch, check out one of these African-American comedies or dramas on Netflix.
The Boondocks (2005-2014): This Adult Swim animated series is an exemplary look at the clashing of worlds when a black family moves into a mostly white suburb. Hilarious and satirical, it deals with issues of race, class, cultures, and lifestyles that are not common in television series.
The Bernie Mac Show (2001-2006): Classic comedian Bernie Mac takes on the responsibility of raising his sister’s three kids with his wife, Wanda, in this FOX series. There are a lot of similar elements to Modern Family, with camera monologues and a documentary type feel.
Black Coffee (2014): If you’re looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day movie, or even just for a date night inside, check out this romantic comedy about Robert, who in the midst of being fired from his father’s company, finds his soulmate Morgan. The men hit it off…but not without a few laughs along the way.
Kevin Hart Stand-Up: Don’t pretend you didn’t know this guy would be on our list. With many of Hart’s uproarious, honest, and sometimes controversial comedy routines available on Netflix, don’t settle for sub-par laughter.
Poetic Justice (1993): Tupac? Janet Jackson? Yes, and yes. This drama-romance is beautifully done, with an overlay of poems read by Jackson (which were written by the timeless, late Maya Angelou), and a story to inspire you for a lifetime.
Tyler Perry’s Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor (2013): When you’re really in the mood for something saucy, this is your choice. Full to the brim with morally-charged decisions, infidelity, adultery, and obviously, temptation, this story within a story is sure to make you give in.
Dark Girls (2011): See this, and see it soon. This documentary uncovers the racial biases and attitudes that exist about color, focusing on dark-skinned women, inside and outside of the context of the Black American female.