Educating and Empowering Yourself with Black Activism




  • 13th on Netflix (prison system and slavery in america)
  • The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson (documentary about black LGBT activist Marsha P. Johnson)
  • The Hate U Give (movie and book by Angie Thomas story about being black in America)
  • Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson (movie AND book about lawyer Bryan Stevenson representing Walter McMillian’s murder charge to prove his innocence)
  • Selma (Civil Rights and Selma March)
  • Freedom Writers Diary (book AND movie about children of color finding their voices in their English class)
  • If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin (book AND movie about black love in Harlem)
  • Fruitvale Station (story of Oscar Grant, a man who was killed on New Years Eve from police brutality)
  • The Great Debaters (true story of an HBCU that beat Harvard at a debate competition)
  • Do the Right Thing (based on the death of Michael Stewart)
  • Malcolm X on Netflix
  • The Banker (about 2 of the first Black bankers in the US who fought housing segregation)


  • When They See Us on Netflix (central park five)
  • Dear White People on Netflix (how it feels to be black among white people in America)
  • Unsolved on Netflix (dramatized version of the Murder investigation of Biggie and Tupac)
  • Who Killed Malcolm X, a docuseries on Netflix
  • Time: The Kalief Browder Story on Netflix (true crime docuseries about the story of a black teenager who was wrongfully imprisoned)
  • Explained: The Racial Wealth Gap on Netflix (episode in season 1)
  • Black-ish


  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett (book about the lives of maids in Jackson, Mississippi)
  • Having Our Say by the Delany Sisters (autobiography by Sadie and Bessie Delany telling their experiences in America)
  • The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander (understanding systemic racism)
  • Evicted by Matthew Desmond (poverty and profit in the american city)
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisis Coates (being black in america)
  • The Children by David Halberstam (Nashville sit-ins, Freedom Riders, Diane Nash, John Lewis)
  • Your Silence Will Not Protect You by Audre Lorde (essays, speeches, and poems by Audre Lorde)
  • Call Them by Their True Names by Rebecca Solnit (essays on racism, misogyny, climate change)
  • Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni-Eddo Lodge
  • Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine (book-length poem about race in the US)
  • The Miseducation of the Negro by Carter Goodwin Woodson (a thesis book about how black children were being culturally conditioned instead of taught)
  • Stand Up Straight And Sing by Jessye Norman (book about a Black opera singer)
  • Electric Arches by Evening L. Ewing (a book of black girlhood through poetry and visual art)
  • Black Girl Magic by Mahogany L. Browne
  • American Like Me: Reflections on Life Between Cultures (not just about black people but has written statements from many POC in America)
  • They Can’t Kill us All by Wesley Lowery (police brutality)
  • How to be an Anti-Racist by Dr. Ibram X Kendi
  • Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
  • White Fragility by Robin Diangelo
  • So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  • Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad
  • I’m Still Here: Black Dignity In a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown
  • White Like Me by Tim Wise
  • A More Beautiful and Terrible History: The Uses and Misuses of the Civil Rights History by Jeanne Theoharis
  • Why Are all the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria by Beverly Tatum
  • We Want to Do More than Survive by Dr. Bettina Love
  • Courageous Conversations About Race by Glenn Singleton
  • Stamped from the Beginning by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
  • Waking Up White by Debby Irving
  • A Black Women’s History of the United States by Daina Ramey Berry and Kali N. Gross



  • The Ballot or the Bullet by Malcolm X
  • Police Brutality and Mon Violence by Malcolm X
  • Police Killings by Malcolm X
  • The Race Problem by Malcolm X
  • No Taxation without Representation by Malcolm X
  • MLK’s 60 min about race riots-
  • Atlanta hip-hop artist Killer Mike’s reaction to George Floyd protests 



  • Becoming on Netflix (Michelle Obama’s tour for her book Becoming)
  • Homecoming on Netflix (Beyoncé’s ICONIC 2018 Coachella performance)
  • Quincy on Netflix (empowering movie about black musical icon Quincy Jones)
  • She’s Gotta Have It (a Spike Lee Joint about a liberated black woman)
  • Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool on Netflix (movie AND album, movie is about the jazz icon himself)
  • The Black Godfather on Netflix (documentary about Clarence Avant, a mentor in black film, music, and TV)
  • Chasing Trane on Netflix (documentary about John Coltrane)
  • Get Out
  • BlacKkKlansmen
  • Hidden Figures


  • Self Made on Netflix (series about the story of Madame CJ Walker)
  • Rhythm + Flow on Netflix (a show focused on finding new & upcoming rappers. Not everyone is black, they’re celebrating a black art form)
  • #blackAF on Netflix (black sitcom)
  • Insecure
  • They’ve Gotta Have Us on Netflix (a series about black cinema)
  • She’s Gotta Have It on Netflix (adaption of the Spike Lee Joint about an empowered, liberated black woman)
  • Marching Orders on Netflix (about HBCU bands)
  • Black-ish (black sitcom)
  • Hollywood on Netflix


  • To Pimp A Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar
  • Lemonade by Beyoncé
  • “We the People….”  by A Tribe Called Quest
  • “Now” by Miguel
  • “Americans” by Janelle Monáe
  • “Long Way To Go” by Gwen Stefani and André 3000
  • A Seat at the Table by Solange
  • “XXX” by Kendrick Lamar ft. U2
  • The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
  • The Return of the Cool by Nick Grant
  • “Fight The Power” by Public Enemy
  • “Strange Fruit” by Nina Simone
  • “If I Ruled The World” by Nas
  • “The Story of OJ” by Jay Z
  • “Y U Don’t Love Me?” By Joey Bada$$
  • “Temptations” by Joey Bada$$
  • “Land of the Free” by Joey Bada$$
  • “Good Morning Amerikkka” by Joey Bada$$
  • “Say It Loud” by James Brown
  • “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” by Cannonball Adderly
  • “This is America” by Childish Gambino
  • “Brown Skin Girl” by Beyoncé
  • “Hella Black” by Tobe Nwigwe
  • “BLACK EFFECT” by The Carters
  • “Sue Me” by Wale