If you can’t make the Black Bottom Film Festival, you can still celebrate Black History Month with these streaming shows and movies that highlight the diversity of Black culture.
High Flying Bird (Netflix)
This sports drama directed by Steven Soderbergh, with a screenplay by Tarell Alvin McCraney (Moonlight), centers around a 72-hour basketball standoff that could change the industry. Starring André Holland as a slick agent and Melvin Gregg as a prospective basketball star (he played a similar role in American Vandal) the movie has quick and nimble dialogue, shot entirely on an iPhone 8.
Few things are more enthralling than watching teens who are passionate about dance. Set in a mostly Black high school in Baltimore as the city recovers from the death of Freddie Gray, the documentary follows a high school step team of young women who rely on dance to help them build a better life.
Chewing Gum (Netflix)
Tracey (Micaela Coel) is a 24-year-old virgin who works at a convenience store, is obsessed with Beyonce, and lives with her highly religious mother and sister. The British comedy, which was also written by Coel, only lasted for two seasons, but is an insanely funny, uncomfortable, and heartwarming show about the deeply awkward journey of learning about sex late in life.