Black History Month: A watchlist to educate and open up conversations

Black and British: A forgotten History - BBC iPlayer/Amazon Prime

Award winning Author David Olusoga has come out with a docuseries, exploring the relationship between Britain and people of African origin. Through the Victorian period to black sailors who fought for Britain, David provides rich history throughout.

Self-Made: Inspired by the life of Madam C.J. Walker - Netflix

Madam C.J. Walker was the first African American self-made millionaire.  While facing challenges such as, racial barriers, Madam C.J. conquers all negative setbacks with her haircare empire.

Horrible Histories, Black History with Oti Mabuse - BBC iPlayer

In celebration of Black History Month, Oti Mabuse brings you a selection of Horrible Histories sketches and songs featuring Rosa Parks, Civil War spy Mary Bowser, pioneering boxer Bill Richmond, plus Mary Seacole and Martin Luther King Jr

Black Earth Rising - Netflix/Amazon Prime

Kate Ashby is raised in Britain by her adoptive mother Eve. Kate was born in Rwanda and was rescued at a young age from genocide. Following her mother’s footsteps, Kate (British prosecutor in international laws) Kate works as a legal investigator when she takes a case prosecuting an African Militia leader. Drawn in Kate’s life is turned upside down.

Alison Hammond - Back to School:

Alison Hammond travels across the country and back in time on an historical journey to discover some of the black figures who have been hidden from Britain's history.

Sitting in Limbo:

A shocking drama inspired by the Windrush scandal. After 50 years in the UK, Anthony Bryan is wrongfully detained by the Home Office and threatened with deportation.

The Last Dance - Netflix:

This docuseries takes us to the fall of 1997, Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls allowed a film crew to follow them as they went for their sixth NBA title in eight seasons. Taking us through the start to finish of the Bull’s journey.

Blue Story:

A tragic chain of events unfolds as two best friends from different areas of London find themselves on rival sides of a vicious postcode war. With Top Boy's Michael Ward.

Hidden Figures: 

Three female African-American mathematicians play a pivotal role in astronaut John Glenn's launch into orbit. Meanwhile, they also have to deal with racial and gender discrimination at work.

In the Long Run:

Created and starring Idris Elba, the show follows the Easmon family as they welcome a relative from Sierra Leone into their Hackney home. Set during the 1981 anti-racism protests that begain in Brixton, the series uses humour to depict what it can be like to settle into British life. 

When They See Us:

Five teens from Harlem become trapped in a nightmare when they're falsely accused of a brutal attack in Central Park. Based on the true story.


Desmond Ambrose runs a barbershop In Peckham that is the hub of the community's social scene. Desmond often talks about retiring and returning to his native Guyana, but his affection for his customers and the community prevent him from doing so.

Betty Campbell: Statue for a heroine - BBC iPlayer

Told a working-class black girl could never achieve her ambitions, Betty proved her doubters wrong by battling racism to pursue her goal. After becoming Wales’s first black head teacher in 1973 on her home patch of Butetown, she made history, and ensured her pupils knew their history, by putting their multicultural heritage on the school curriculum. 

Man Like Mobeen - BBC iPlayer/Naetflix

This miniseries centred on the funny and complex life of Mobeen, a 28-year-old man from Small Heath, as he tries to follow his Muslim faith, look out for his hopeless friends, and fulfil the responsibility of providing for his younger sister, Aqsa.

The Murder of Stephen Lawrence:

Dramatisation of Neville and Doreen Lawrence's struggle to prove that their son was murdered by a gang of racists in 1993.

12 Years a Slave:

In pre-civil war America, Solomon Northup, a New York State-born free African-American man who was kidnapped in Washington, D.C., by two conmen in 1841 and sold into slavery.

Blinded by the Light - Netflix/Amazon Prime

The life of a British-Pakistani Muslim teenager in the 1980s is changed forever when he discovers the music of Bruce Springsteen in this comedy-drama inspired by a memoir by Sarfraz Manzoor.

Bend It Like Beckham - Amazon Prime

When the conservative parents of a British Indian Sikh teen forbid her to play soccer, a sport she is obsessed with and excels at, drama and hilarity ensues. We see as a girl bends the rules, to reach her goal, in professional soccer


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