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What To Watch On Netflix During Isolation

We're in a strange time. Due to the unfortunate circumstances around the COVID-19 epidemic, many of us are doing our part to stop the spread of the virus by staying indoors. If you long for something to curb the isolation induced cabin fever then we've got just the thing for you.

In this blog we break down 10 must-watch Netflix shows and movies that feature a black lead. These will definitely transport you to a different reality with their gripping plots and captivating story lines. So sit back and grab a snack as you enjoy your cinematic escape. 

 

10. Think Like A Man 

 

 

Genre: Comedy, Romance

Think Like A Man is a feel good rom-com where four friends conspire to turn the tables on their women when they find out that their ladies have been using Steve Harvey's dating guidelines. This is one to curl up on the sofa and laugh out loud with.

Our rating: 6.5/10

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 54%

 

9. Black Lightning

 

Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

Black Lightning is a superhero series about a retired superhero turned school principal who reprises his role following political and social tensions in his neighbourhood. Although a tad far fetched, this show is packed full of action and is the perfect form of escapism for superhero lovers.

Our rating: 6.5/10

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 95%

 

8. Queen Sono

 

Q,ueen Sono

Genre: Action, Crime, Drama

Queen Sono is an action series revolving around a strong and sexy South African secret agent. The series follows her exploits as a spy while she tries to balance the demands of her personal life and the pressure of living up to reputation of her revolutionary mother. 

Our rating: 7/10

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 90%

 

7. Self Made

Genre: Drama 

Self Made is a light and bright mini series that recounts the rise of Madam C.J. Walker from a lowly washerwoman to the first female self-made millionaire. This inspirational story focuses on the obstacles she faced in establishing her business and leaves you feeling both excited and motivated. 

Our rating: 7/10 

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 65%

 

6. Dear White People 

Genre: Drama, Comedy

Dear White People is a witty and sarcastic college dramedy about the trials and tribulations of a group of black students in a predominantly white ivy league college. The shows makes very relevant social commentary whilst keeping it funny with its nods to pop culture.   

Our rating: 7.5 /10

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 91%

 

5. She Did That

Genre: Documentary, Biography

She Did That is a documentary exploring the experiences of four black businesswomen. It is an inspirational testimony of how grit and perseverance can break glass ceilings. This documentary oozes all things #GirlBoss and will have you motivated to make your dreams a reality. 

Our rating: 7.5/10

Rotten Tomatoes rating: N/A

 

4. How To Get Away With Murder

How To Get Away With Murder

Genre: Thriller

How To Get Away With Murder is the story of  bad-ass criminal lawyer Annalise Keating and her 5 proteges who due to a series of unfortunate events incidentally become her partners in crime. The series features a flashback format with different episodes focusing on a particular character's perspective.This bingeworthy series will have you at the edge of your seats and have you rooting for  the bad guy.

Our rating: 8/10

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 90%

 

3. The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind 

Genre: Drama

The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind is a moving tale of a 13 year old boy from Malawi who takes an unconventional approach to save his community from famine. This uplifting story will turn the hardest of hearts to mush.

Our rating: 9/10

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 86%

 

2. Raising Dion

Raising Dion - Netflix

Genre: Sci-Fi, Drama

Raising Dion is the story of a grieving mother and her young son who discovers he has super powers following the suspicious death of his father. The plot follows his mother’s struggle to raise him while keeping his powers under wraps. Despite the heartbreaking premise of the show, it manages to remain light and somewhat relatable through its witty writing and spot on casting. Although the dilemmas characters are faced with at times frustrating, Raising Dion is ultimately a feel-good show. 

Our rating: 9/10

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 82% 

 

1. When They See Us 

When They See Us

When They See Us - Netflix

Genre: Crime, Drama

When They See Us is the harrowing true story of five black boys who are wrongly convicted of the rape and murder of a young woman and their journey through the American justice system. This intense and emotional tale of injustice will have you fired up to right the wrongs of the world.

Our rating: 9/10

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 98%

 

 

 

 


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