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Black Stories Matter: The Best Black Movies on Netflix in 2024

Netflix has a collection of films that highlight the talent of Black creators and stories. These are the best flicks to add to you watch list.

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Jul. 10 2024, Published 7:22 p.m. ET

Netflix continues to champion diversity and inclusion by showcasing an array of Black movies in 2024. The streaming giant offers an impressive lineup that celebrates the culture and highlights the talents of Black filmmakers. These movies tell compelling stories that may have gone untold. Here are some of the standout Black movies on Netflix that you should add to your watchlist expeditiously.

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‘Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F’

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Eddie Murphy returned as Axel Foley in Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F. The latest installment in the beloved action-comedy franchise brings Foley out of retirement for one last case in the glitzy streets of Beverly Hills. Taylor Paige joins Eddie as his daughter, Jane, a criminal defense lawyer at the center of a dangerous ordeal. The movie has a fresh yet nostalgic storyline and will likely please fans of the original film.

‘The Book of Clarence’

Jeymes Samuel’s The Book of Clarence was first released in theaters but has since moved to Netflix. The film follows the journey of Clarence, a man living in Jerusalem during 33 A.D. Played by LaKeith Stanfield, Clarence is a down-on-his-luck man who embarks on a quest for self-discovery and redemption. The film boasts an ensemble cast, including Omar Sy, R.J. Cyler, and Teyana Taylor, each bringing depth and nuance to this reimagined story.

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‘Shirley’

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Shirley is a biographical drama that brings to life the extraordinary journey of Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman to run for President of the United States. Directed by John Ridley, the film stars Regina King in a powerful portrayal of Chisholm. The film not only highlights Chisholm's groundbreaking achievements but also underscores the ongoing fight for equality and representation in American politics.

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‘Mea Culpa’

Tyler Perry’s Mea Culpa brought Kelly Rowland to the forefront. The former Destiny’s Child member stars as Mea, an attorney who gets involved in a sexual relationship with her client – played by Trevante Rhodes. The movie has a predominantly Black cast, with Shannon Thornton and RonReaco Lee playing prominent roles. Mea Culpa was a big hit for the streaming service, bringing in more than 16 million viewers in the week after its release, according to Screen Rant.

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‘Tell Them You Love Me’

Netflix’s documentary Tell Them You Love Me offers a deeply moving and insightful look into the lives of individuals on the autism spectrum and their experiences with love and relationships. The documentary explores the controversial relationship between Professor Anna Stubblefield and Derrick Johnson, a non-verbal man living with cerebral palsy. Derrick's family, particularly his mother and brother, provide heartfelt accounts throughout the film, sharing their life-changing experience with Anna.

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‘Black Barbie’

Following the success of the Barbie movie, Netflix released its Black Barbie documentary. It explores the cultural significance of the first Black Barbie doll. Directed by Lagueria Davis, the film traces the doll's inception, the challenges faced during its development, and its profound impact on generations of Black children. The documentary features appearances from prominent Black stars, including Gabourey Sidibe, Shonda Rhimes, and Maxine Waters.

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