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Friday, June 12, 2020

Black Shows on Streaming You Need to Watch

Wow, June has been a month! Along with all the very public events that have occurred in the last 12 days, I've also had a lot going on in my private life. I've been busy working from home, dealing with the state reopening, remodeling my kitchen, having family come over and even getting engaged -- to a white guy (way to bury the lead, Cher). So, I finally had time to sit down and get back to the blog. As an empath, things can affect me deeply. I needed time away to re-align my emotions before I could write this post. Don't worry. It will be light and fun. It is #LovingDay ♥ after all.

If you've been following me on Instagram, then you might have noticed my stories have been very much geared toward the Black Lives Matter movement. I hope that you all have learned a thing or two about what's really going on in this world in the past couple of weeks. If you want to learn more about implicit bias, systemic racism and the like, then I'd recommend that you check out my BLM highlight for educational resources. Today, I just want to share some TV shows on streaming that I think you should watch. And while not all of these shows necessarily deal with race, all of these shows do star Black actors. Please know there are MANY other shows and movies that you can find on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and more that star Black actors. I've only included a few of the ones that I've watched.
Dear White People
follows a group of Black students who are enrolled in a predominantly white university and face cultural bias and social injustice; but it's also a comedy (netflix)

BlackAF
a mockumentary about the creator of Blackish and his approach to parenting and relationships (netflix)

Marvel's Luke Cage
a man with super strength and unbreakable skin trying to rebuild his life in Harlem (netflix)

High Fidelity
a record store owner living in gentrified Brooklyn revisits past relationships through music and pop culture (hulu)

On My Block
a coming-of-age comedy about four street-smart friends navigating their way through high school in their predominantly Black and Hispanic Los Angeles neighborhood (netflix)
Homecoming: Season 2
a woman wakes up with no memory of who she is; the search for her identity leads her to a mysterious wellness company (amazon prime)

True Detective: Season 3
Arkansas detective spends decades investigating the crime that changed his life (hbo)

The Shop
because conversations never stop; sometimes one gets more than just a haircut at a barbershop (hbo)

Luther
a brilliant but impulsive detective who is tormented by the dark side of humanity while hunting down murderers (hulu)

Insecure
modern-day Black women deal with their flaws as they cope with an endless series of uncomfortable everyday experiences (hbo)
Euphoria
the troubled life of a drug-addicted teenager fresh out of rehab (hbo)

Blackish
a great job, a beautiful wife, four kids, and a big house in a classy neighborhood; has all his success brought too much cultural assimilation for his family? (amazon prime)

Ballers
former NFL player becomes a financial manager to help his younger friends still playing the sport (hbo)

Key & Peele
a sketch comedy series that examines life by leaving no stone unturned (hulu)

Atlanta
understanding the line between real life and street life in Atlanta, Georgia (hulu)
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46 comments

  1. Congrats on your engagement! And thank you for sharing these! Putting these on my watch list <3

    Lizzie
    www.lizzieinlace.com

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    1. Thank you. There's just so much going on right now that I almost forgot to share that news on here.

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  2. I love Blackish so I will definitely have to check out BlackAF. This is a great list because honestly, I don't think anyone has a list of Black shows!

    www.rdsobsessions.com

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    1. As a Black blogger, especially one who writes about TV shows on occasion, I'm a bit ashamed that I didn't already have this list on the blog before all this happened.

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  3. I have always heard how funny Blackish is! I have added some of these to my watch list!

    xoxo,
    Kim

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    1. It is funny, but it's also one of the more popular shows on this list, so I would definitely recommend watching one of the other ones.

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  4. Great post!

    http://the-renaissance-of-inner-fashion.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Tanya. I would appreciate it if you left a more relevant comment in the future, especially if you're going to leave a link to your blog as well. Thanks!

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  5. Thanks for sharing this list, i'll be adding some of these to my cue! Also, congratulations on your engagement! Can't wait to read more about it.

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    1. Thank you! Maybe I'll talk more about it in my next What I'm Loving post.

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  6. I have watching most of these shows and the few that I haven't I don't have the subscription to those services. But I will get to them soon because I know we have the same taste in entertainment and books. P.S. Congrats again on your engagement!!!

    ❥ tanvii.com

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    1. That's true -- we do have similar taste in entertainment and books. I feel like you would like Homecoming Season 2 even though it is a bit slow. And thank you!

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  7. First of all, congrats on the engagement, Cheryl:) Yay!!!!
    And thank you for this list. I only watch mostly horror and Asian stuff lately, but should really expand. I've seen some episodes of Blackish and loved it:)
    Have a great Saturday!

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    1. Thanks, Emmy! If you like horror, then I'd def recommend Homecoming Season 2, True Detective Season 3 and Luther from this list.

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  8. Yes I can understand the need to get away it has truly been overwhelming. The level of anger and rage in this country is astounding. On a lighter note thanks or this round up of shows I will have to check them out. And thank you for the kind words on my blog. When I shoot street style I approach it like a news event. I shoot what is in front of me. If I pick and choose who I shoot it is based on what they are wearing and their over style not who they are.

    Allie of
    www.allienyc.com

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    1. Yes, I hope you do check out a couple of these recs. :)

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  9. Congratulations on your engagement Cheryl! Any type of good news is so welcome right now. I feel like this year is poised to be such a turning point but we need to keep pushing. Kay & Peele are hilarious and we loved Luther. I hope the rumors of a followup movie are true. We are watching Homecoming 2 right now.

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    1. So true. And so glad to hear that you're already watching some of these. I'd be into a Luther movie. Let me know what you think of Homecoming when you're done.

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  10. Thank you for sharing these shows with us. I'm always looking for new shows to watch. Huge congratulations on your engagement, I'm so happy for you! xo

    Makeup Muddle

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  11. I've seen quite a few of these but so many I haven't even heard of! Thank you for sharing and definitely adding these to my list.

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    1. Which ones have you seen? Nice to be able to share new ones with you.

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  12. CONGRATS!! I am not a movie gal and have only watched Blackish on this list.

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    1. Thank you! These are all TV shows. Looks like most people have seen Blackish so that's something.

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  13. Congrats on your engagement! I love Atlanta, Luke Cage and True Detective.

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    1. Thanks, Greta! Glad to hear that you've actually watched a few of these gems.

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  14. ooh definitely bookmarking this post to refer back to! thanks for the great recs!

    kileen
    cute & little

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  15. This is a great lineup, thanks for sharing! WIll def be checking some of these out! xoxo, Sarah

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  16. Omg congratulations on getting engaged! That’s amazing! Also thanks for this list and for shedding light on such an important subject. I watch so many of these shows already, but there’s a few I haven’t seen just yet! Xo

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    1. Thank you so very much! Which of these have you seen?

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  17. Thank you so much for compiling this list! I was looking for some new ones :)

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  18. A huge congrats on your engagement, babe! How beautiful and exciting. I am so happy for you!

    It is definitely a crazy, tumultuous time- I am hopeful that we can use the momentum for real, systemic change. I am trying to learn as much as I can right now (in the middle of reading White Fragility and lemme tell you WHAT, there's some truth in that book!) and trying to correct my white "all lives matter" acquaintances and family. Education- REAL education, not deflection and getting defensive after pretending to listen- is what we need right now.

    I LOVED Homecoming season 2. We binged season 1 in a weekend and then launched right into season 2. Janelle Monae is SO talented!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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    1. Girl, this is why I love you. You are one of the real ones! And thank you for the engagement love. The fiance loved Homecoming Season 2 so much that he wanted to go and watch season 1, so I re-watched it with him. And yes, so happy for the trajectory of Janelle Monae's career.

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  19. Love these recommendations! I'm excited to check them out!.

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  20. Wow you have been busy congratulations Cher. I do enjoy an all black cast with other races thrown into the mix, especially if it is an outrageous talented cast. I loved Luther it being from the UK (my home) on BBC1. I hope you are doing well : ) xo

    www.juanitalikes.com

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    1. You would love Dear White People, Insecure and Atlanta then! And I've heard they are planning to make a Luther movie! Thanks for the love.

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  21. Omg babe, congrats on your engagement, thats fantastic news! Mine wedding plans have been been put on hold with the pandemic so I really hope we can continue planning once things re open again :)

    Re your post, I just started watching Dear White People as thats the only show on your list Netflix SA has and its really good :)

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    1. Thank you and congrats on your upcoming wedding as well. Hopefully we'll both be able to get married soon!

      Regarding the shows -- happy to hear that you're watching Dear White People and you like it! I hope Netflix SA gets #BlackAF, Luke Cage and On My Block on there soon.

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  22. Congratulations on your engagement!! I hope the preparations will be able to run smoothly!! I love all of these shows :)))

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    1. Thanks -- I hope the preparations will run smoothly as well.

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  23. Congrats on your engagement! I have seen all of these except Blackish. Hopefully, things will get better soon, at least the discussion has started, sadly for the first time for some people. :)

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