June 10, 2020
Netflix has again taken the lead on a social issue. The platform June 10 announced the launch of a new content category focusing on social justice and Black Lives Matter. The category includes 45 movies, TV shows and documentaries.
Content includes Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods (debuting June 12); Ava DuVernay’s 13th and When They See Us and Mudbound; TV shows “Orange Is the New Black”; “Dear White People”; and Barry Jenkins’ Oscar-winning Moonlight, among others.
“When we say ‘Black Lives Matter,’ we also mean ‘Black storytelling matters,’” Netflix said on a social media post. “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 is no stranger to spearheading social awareness of inequality in America and worldwide. The streamer was also one of the first to set aside funding ($100 million) for content contractors and production personnel affected by COVID-19.
“To be silent is to be complicit. Black lives matter,” Netflix said on a May 30 post. “We have a platform, and we have a duty to our black members, employees, creators and talent to speak up.”