Black History Month on Philo: Must Watch Movies and Shows

A collage of shows makes up some of what Philo offers during Black History Month.

Philo celebrates Black History Month by featuring a variety of programming, highlighting the contributions of African Americans to the United States and around the world. The array of shows available include documentaries, films, series, and specials that honor the achievements of Black leaders, entrepreneurs, and more. You can also access educational content that explores the history of the African American experience.

Find these highlighted titles and more in the following collections: Black Love, Critically Acclaimed, Celebrating the Classics, Turn Up The Music, and Making Boss Moves. Our team thoughtfully selected these shows for enjoyment all month long, and beyond, to honor Black History Month.

Here are some additional selections you may want to check out:

Martin: Martin is a Black American sitcom that aired for five seasons on Fox. Starring comedian Martin Lawrence in the lead role, the series was based in the city of Detroit and followed the misadventures of a disc jockey, Martin’s girlfriend, Gina Waters (Tisha Campbell), and Martin’s best friends. The show often featured slapstick humor and featured many celebrity guest stars. Martin was the highest-rated program during its run and was nominated for several awards, including NAACP Image Awards, Golden Globe Awards, and Emmy Awards.

Queen Sugar: This American drama television series is created and executive produced by Ava DuVernay, based on the novel of the same name by Natalie Baszile. The series follows the life of three siblings – Nova Bordelon (Rutina Wesley), Charley Bordelon (Dawn-Lyen Garner), and Ralph Angel Bordelon (Kofi Scribe) – who, after the death of their father, must learn to navigate their lives and the dynamics of their newly formed family. The siblings must come together to run the family’s Louisiana-based sugarcane farm, the legacy of their father. Along the way, they must confront issues of racism, identity, and injustice.

The Story of Jay-Z (2020): The riveting documentary highlights the life and career of the iconic rapper and entrepreneur Jay-Z. It follows him from his humble beginnings in Brooklyn, New York, to becoming one of the most successful and influential hip-hop artists in the world. The film explores his rise to fame, his struggles with the law, and his business acumen. The documentary also features interviews with Jay-Z’s family, friends, and collaborators, providing a unique insight into the life and careers of one of the most successful artists of all time.
Walk Against Fear: James Meredith (2020): This film chronicles the events of the 1966 civil rights march from Memphis, Tennessee, to Jackson, Mississippi. The march was organized by James Meredith, the first African American to attend the University of Mississippi. The documentary follows Meredith as he leads a group of civil rights activists, including Martin Luther King Jr., on a 220-mile journey to protest racial segregation in the South. Along the way, the marchers face violence and intimidation from segregationists, but ultimately succeed in their mission to raise awareness of the civil rights movement. The documentary also examines the life of James Meredith and his legacy of courage and commitment to racial justice.

In addition to these choices, and collections, Philo also offers a variety of channels that feature programming dedicated to Black History Month, including BET, BET Her, Aspire, REVOLT, OWN, CLEO TV and TV One. Let us know your favorites on Twitter and Facebook.

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