As protests against police brutality in response to the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery continue across the country, Netflix has announced a commitment to “highlighting powerful and complex narratives about the Black experience.” Today, Wednesday, June 10, the streaming service launched a curated collection of movies, series, and documentaries dedicated to the Black Lives Matter movement. Now, when viewers log onto their Netflix accounts, they’ll be greeted with “More than a Moment”—a hub of content with more than 45 titles.
The company announced the initiative on the official Netflix Twitter account, writing, “When we say ‘Black Lives Matter,’ we also mean ‘Black storytelling matters.’ With an understanding that our commitment to true, systemic change will take time—we’re starting by highlighting powerful and complex narratives about the Black experience.” Netflix’s thread also noted that its current collection of titles “only begin to tell the complex and layered stories about racial injustice and Blackness in America.”
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Variety reports that Netflix recently saw an uptick in searches for “Black Lives Matter” on its platform, particularly in the U.S. The new category can be found under Netflix’s “Genre” tab and will be featured on the service globally. Titles include Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods (out Friday), Ava DuVernay’s documentary 13th and miniseries When They See Us, Janet Mock and Ryan Murphy’s Pose, Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight, Beyoncé’s Homecoming, and Michelle Obama’s Becoming. All can be accessed through Netflix’s main menu and at netflix.com/blacklivesmatter.
Netflix’s Black Lives Matter collection drops almost two weeks after the company first voiced support for the movement on Twitter. “To be silent is to be complicit. Black lives matter,” the May 30 tweet read. “We have a platform, and we have a duty to our Black members, employees, creators and talent to speak up.”
One title you won’t find as part of the collection is 2011’s The Help, which spiked to No. 1 in the U.S. on Netflix over the weekend. The film has been criticized for its portrayal of “white savior” stereotypes. Viola Davis has stated she regretted taking the role in the film and co-star Bryce Dallas Howard encouraged her Instagram followers to watch something made by Black filmmakers instead. As of Wednesday, Netflix has also removed four comedy sketches from comedian Chris Lilley, which include the performer in blackface, Deadline reports.
Netflix’s latest initiative is a part of a concerted effort from a variety of streaming services to make their content libraries more diverse. This week, the newly-launched HBO Max temporarily removed Gone With the Wind from its platform. And Hulu announced it will shift the premiere dates for its upcoming originals Love, Victor (to June 17) and Taste the Nation (to June 18) in an effort to spotlight Juneteenth (June 19), the holiday commemorating the abolishment of slavery in America.
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