Everywhere you look, news outlets are providing tips to their audiences on how to learn about the racial injustices African Americans have faced throughout history. Amid protests,
criticism grew around The Help
, becoming one of the most-watched movies on Netflix. If you're loved ones are interested in film recommendations, consider the following:
When They See Us (Netflix)- This series follows the lives of five teens from Harlem after they become trapped in a nightmare when they're falsely accused of a brutal attack in Central Park.
Do The Right Thing (available to rent)- Inspired by the racially-motivated killings of a black man named Michael Griffith and an elderly black woman named Eleanor Bumpurs, Spike Lee's opus serves as a window into a country that has historically devalued the lives of African Americans.
13th (Netflix) -
This documentary is about how the Thirteenth Amendment led to mass incarceration in the United States.
Just Mercy (Amazon Prime) - This film about civil rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson chronicles justice reform in Alabama.
Selma (Amazon Prime) - This historical drama follows the civil rights demonstrators in 1965 as they marched from Selma to Montgomery.
The Black Power Mixtape (Amazon Prime) - This documentary examines the evolution of the Black Power movement in American society from 1967 to 1975, as viewed through Swedish journalists and filmmakers.
4 Little Girls (HBO) - This historical documentary film about the September 15, 1963 murder of four African-American girls (Addie May Collins, Carol Denise McNair, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Rosamond Robertson) in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama.
If Beale Street Could Talk (Hulu): Based on the James Baldwin novel, this film centers on the love between an African American couple whose lives are torn apart when one of them is falsely accused of a crime.
The Hate You Give
Stranger Fruit (Amazon Prime) - This 2017 American documentary film gives insight to the 2014 shooting of Michael Brown by a Ferguson, Missouri police officer.
LA 92 (Netflix) - Stark footage traces decades of police brutality and public uprising leading up to the 1992 acquittal of four LAPD officers filmed beating Rodney King.
The Last Black Man in San Francisco (available to rent) - Inspired by a true story, a young Black man dreams of reclaiming his childhood home in a now-gentrified neighborhood in San Francisco.
What Happened Miss Simone? (Netflix) - Using never-before-heard recordings, rare archival footage and her best-known songs, this is the story of legendary singer and activist Nina Simone.
The Hate You Give (Cinemax) - Based on the young adult novel by Angie Thomas, this film follows a young woman's struggle to find balance after witnessing a police officer killing her best friend.
Brian Banks (Amazon Prime) - This biographical drama shared the story of Brian Banks, a high school football player who is falsely accused of rape.
Fruitvale Station (available to rent) - This biographical film tells the story of Oscar Grant III, who was killed by a police officer in 2009.