Following the devastating death of George Floyd, shockwaves were sent around the world and the importance of the Black Lives Matter movement became even more prominent. One thing that many people are asking is what can be done? It is now clear that education on injustices in society is crucial. While there are plenty of fantastic and award-winning films and TV shows out there, here’s our roundup to get you started.
- Dear White People
Airing since 2017, Dear White People is a Netflix original series based on the 2014 movie of the same name. The show follows students of color through their typical college drama. Samantha is the protagonist and she owns a radio show where she addresses social injustices, cultural bias, and sometimes misguided activism that she is fed up with seeing around. The series enlightens its audience on examples of everyday racism, especially around young adults that need to be changed.
Skam is a Norwegian drama series which aired from 2015 to 2017. The concept of the show is five girlfriends surviving the typical European high school experience. They deal with teenage problems such as jealousy, body image, bad reputations, and even mental illness. While funny, the show is more focused on making the characters and storylines realistic and relatable for young audiences. Although not political, the series still touches on issues like islamophobia, sexual harassment, and same-sex relationships.
Started in 2014 and still running today with 6 seasons so far, Black-Ish is a critically acclaimed sitcom about the jumbled and hilarious lives of a typical middle-class African American family. The show is a pure comedy where they also call out discrimination against black people and educating the audience in dark jokes.
- Seven Seconds
This ten-part drama series focuses on the death of a 15-year-old African American boy in Jersey City. In a hit-and-run accident- with a white police officer behind the wheel of the vehicle—Jersey City explodes with racial tension. This crime drama explores the aftermath of the accident, which includes an attempted cover-up by the police department and a volatile trial. However, the longer the case drags on without a resolution, the tenser the situation becomes.