With Black History Month well under way, many broadcasters and streaming giants have been dedicating more space to showcase black talent and culture. We decided to take a closer look and thought we’d showcase some of our favourite content that celebrates black voices and figures. Happy watching!

FILMS

The Harder They Fall

Available in limited cinemas on October 22nd, Available on Netflix on November 3rd

The Harder They Fall a gonzo revenge western film, which aims to reclaim the often-erased African American side of this genre and history. It stars Regina King, Idris Elba and LaKeith Stanfield, and is created by the impressive London-born Jeymes Samuel, also known as singer-songwriter The Bullitts. The movie centres on Nat Love (Majors), an African American cowboy and former slave in the period following the American civil war, who reunites his gang to seek revenge against Rufus Buck (Elba) – the man who murdered his parents.

King Richard

Available screening at BFI London Film Festival on October 16th, available in nationwide cinemas on 19th November

Upcoming biopic starring two-time Academy Award nominee Will Smith, the film follows Richard Williams, an undeterred father who, with the support of his family, is instrumental in raising two of the greatest athletes of all time, tennis champions Venus and Serena Williams. This film showcases a tale of triumph over adversity, detailing the lengths one determined father will go to ensure a place for his children in the privileged and overwhelmingly white world of tennis.

Standing Firm: Football’s Windrush story

Available on BT Sport

A powerful docu-film presented and narrated by BAFTA award-winning Benjamin Zephaniah, celebrates the legacy of the Windrush generation and its impact on English football and the national team today. The film as well offers a timely reminder of the benefits of cultural diversity today, with guest appearances from ex professional footballers John Barnes and Rio Ferdinand.

TV SERIES

Dear White People

Available on Netflix

New episodes of Dear White People have dropped on Netflix, so this is perfect time to catch up on this smart and witty comedy drama that follows a group of students of colour navigate the daily slights and slipper politics of real life at an Ivy League that’s not nearly as ‘post-racial’ as it thinks.

The Amber Ruffin Show

Available on YouTube

Late night host Amber Ruffin brilliantly showcases her signature smart-and-silly take on the news of the week, as well combing with sketches and games that challenge and confront conversations with race, sexuality, and other issues with her recurring segment “How Did We Get Here”.

Stephen

Available on ITV

Three-part series, directed by BAFTA award-winning director, Alrick Riley focuses on the legacy of the murder of Stephen Lawrence in 1993. It covers the Lawrence family’s long fight and struggle for justice that secures two convictions 18 years after the murder. This series showcases more of Lawrence families’ perspective and narrative which has been overlooked over the years.

Highlife

Available on Channel 4, 4oD

A new docu- reality TV series part of Channel 4 Represents: Black to Front, follows young British West Africans who are all chasing their own idea of success. The series also highlights a community where high family expectations often impact career choices and relationships, which offers a relatable portrayal of Black British life.

PODCASTS

Why Diversity Matters with June Sarpong

Available on Google and Spotify Podcast

Eight episodes of heart rending and uplifting conversations, discussing importance of diversity. June Sarpong discusses her experience as Black British woman from a working-class background and gives tangible advice on how we can all play a role in creating a more diverse workforce.

The Receipts

Available on Soundcloud, Google and Spotify Podcast  

Fronted by three girls who provide unadulterated girl talk with no filter on anything from relationships and situationships to race: religion and everyday life experiences.

Dope Black Queers Podcast

Available on Acast and Apple Podcasts

Fresh new podcast that looks at the world through the lens of Black, Queer, and Trans identities, providing a safe space for Black LGBTQ+ to have a conversation.

Ways to Change the World

Available on Apple Podcasts

Historian Olivette Otele sits down with Krishnan Guru-Murthy and discuss Black people and Black history in Europe and shows how a long history of racism across Europe and beyond is shaping our lived experienced today.

That’s our roundup. We hope you enjoy these.