HBO Max Acquires Doc ‘The Beauty of Blackness’

HBO Max has acquired the documentary The Beauty of Blackness, which is available to stream now.

Directed by Tiffany Johnson (“Black Monday,” “Dear White People,” “Twenties”) and first-time director Kiana Moore, VP of content production and head of Vox Media’s Epic Digital, the film chronicles Fashion Fair, the first cosmetics brand created exclusively for Black women created in 1973 by Eunice Johnson, the co-founder of Ebony and Jet magazines.
The film examines Fashion Fair’s rapid rise to icon status and how the brand surpassed cultural obstacles to overcome beauty standards that previously excluded people of color. Despite revolutionizing the beauty industry and becoming a household name for Black and Brown women in the 1970s, the brand faced a rocky media landscape and encountered challenges from emerging competitors.
Featuring interviews with experts, models, makeup artists, performers and other prominent figures who have witnessed the evolution of the category, the documentary follows the brand’s journey to the present day where, amidst an evolving industry with a new focus on inclusivity, Fashion Fair Cosmetics has been revived under the helm of two entrepreneurs, Desiree Rogers and Cheryl Mayberry McKissack.  

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The film was created in partnership with Vox Media, Epic and Sephora — working with its media and content partner Digitas.
The Beauty of Blackness will be featured as part of the Black Voices and Women’s History Month curated programming on HBO Max.

Merchandising: Best Buy Offers ’13 Hours’ 4K Steelbook

Best Buy Feb. 9 offered a new 4K Ultra HD Steelbook edition of the 2016 war film 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.

Directed by Michael Bay and distributed by Paramount, the new edition includes the film on a 4K disc, bonus features on a regular Blu-ray, and a digital copy for $22.99. The cover appears to be the same art presented on Best Buy’s Blu-ray/DVD combo pack Steelbook of the film in 2016.

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Target during the week offered a “Mix & Match” buy-two-get-one-free sale that included movies, music, books, video games, board games, activity sets and puzzles.

Target’s weekly ad circular also touted a “Black History Month” promotion of books, music and movies, including the Selma Blu-ray for $7 and Harriet for $8.

NBCUniversal Announces Black History Month Curated Content

In celebration of Black History Month, NBCUniversal’s content distribution team Feb. 4 announced a list of television shows and movies featuring prominent African-American actors and stories for distribution partners across network, affiliation, streaming and pay-TV to include in their Black History Month campaigns. The NBCUniversal titles below will be featured for the entire month of February, unless otherwise noted.

Previously, NBCUniversal launched custom curated playlists with partners in honor of June’s Pride Month with Captain Sandy’s Pride Playlist highlighting LGBTQIA+ content on Bravo, as well as custom curations for a social justice playlist, and special destinations correlating with the 2020 Election.

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    • Television Titles
      • “Celebrity Game Face”
      • “Hope & Fury: MLK, the Movement and the Media”
      • “Kenan S” (premieres Feb. 16)
      • “Married to Medicine: Atlanta Season 7”
      • “Race in America: A Movement Not a Moment”
      • “Race in America: Our Vote Counts”
      • “Real Housewives of Atlanta Season 13”
      • “Real Housewives of Potomac Season 5”
      • “The Rev Season 1”
      • “This Is Us Season 5”
      • “Young Rock Season 1” (premieres Feb. 16)
    • Film Titles
      • 2012
      • Avengers: Age of Ultron
      • Blade
      • Blade II
      • Enemy of the State (Feb. 15-28)
      • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
      • Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
      • Fast Five
      • The Green Mile
      • Hancock
      • Olympus Has Fallen
      • San Andreas

Shout! Factory Sets Feb. 16 Home Date for Doc on ‘Star Trek’ Actress Who Brought Diversity to NASA

Shout! Factory has announced the Feb. 16 release of Woman in Motion: Nichelle Nichols, Star Trek and the Remaking of NASA, a documentary on the inspiring true story of Star Trek actress Nichelle Nichols and how she pioneered the NASA recruiting program to hire people of color, and the first female astronauts, in the late 1970s.

The documentary will be released through digital retailers and VOD. Fans who preorder form Apple also have access to exclusive bonus features, including an extended “The Story Behind the Story” featurette, deleted scenes, trailers and teasers.

Woman in Motion: Nichelle Nichols, Star Trek and the Remaking of NASA will also be screened in select movies theaters on Feb. 6. Information on participating cinemas, and how to get tickets, can be found here.

Nichols transformed her sci-fi television stardom into a real-life science career when, in 1977, she embarked on a campaign to bring diversity to NASA. Nichols formed the company Women In Motion, Inc. and recruited more than 8,000 African-American, Asian and Latino women and men for the agency. Her program continues to influence the younger generation of astronauts as well, including Mae Jemison, the first female African-American astronaut in space. Despite an uphill battle against a bureaucracy that was hesitant to let her get involved, Nichols persevered and is credited by NASA for turning it into one of the most diverse independent agencies in the United States Federal Government.

In addition to Nichols, Woman In Motion features notable celebrities, activists, scientists and astronauts including Neil deGrasse Tyson, George Takei, Pharrell Williams, Martin Luther King III, Al Sharpton, Vivica A. Fox, Walter Koenig, Rod Roddenberry, Michael Dorn, Guy Bluford, Charles Bolden, Ivor Dawson, Frederik Gregory and Benjamin Crump.

Merchandising: ‘Fifty Shades’ Steelbook at Target

Among the new titles hitting shelves Feb. 2 was a Target-exclusive 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Steelbook collection of Universal’s “Fifty Shades” trilogy.

Timed for Valentine’s Day, Target’s $39.99 collection includes a 4K, Blu-ray and digital version of each film in the erotically charged trilogy — 2015’s Fifty Shades of Grey, 2017’s Fifty Shades Darker, and 2018’s Fifty Shades Freed.

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Meanwhile, Best Buy’s home video focus for the week wasn’t on “Grey,” but black, or, rather, Black History Month. The “Top Deals” section of the chain’s website for movies and music ran a banner that highlighted a number of relevant movies under the statement “More recognition. More representation.”  Among the films on Blu-ray were Harriet, Hidden Figures, Black Panther, Boys N the Hood, Selma, Fences, Moonlight and Get Out, priced as low as $3.99 each.

Best Buy’s Black History Month 2021 ad

Target had its own Black History Month-themed title, with a Steelbook edition of the new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack of Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing, from Universal Pictures, at $22.99.

Target’s ‘Do the Right Thing’ 4K Steelbook

Shout! Factory Celebrates Black History Month With Films, TV Series

Shout! Factory has announced that in celebration of Black History Month this February, it will present a collection of films and television series that amplify Black voices and stories in entertainment.

The collection will be available Feb. 1 for viewing on demand on Shout!; Shout! Factory TV’s Roku, Amazon Fire, Apple TV, and Android apps; and on various Shout!Factory TV branded channels including Tubi, Amazon Prime Channels, and the Roku Channel.

Included in the collection are powerful documentaries exploring Black history and culture, concert films that highlight brilliant performances, and feature films and series that spotlight influential Black figures and their experiences.

These include The Night James Brown Saved Boston, which showcases the pivotal role James Brown played in the civil rights movement; the groundbreaking performance/variety series “Soul!,” and Proud, which tells the story of the historic World War II battleship with an entirely segregated Black crew.

Also available are several episodes of “The Dick Cavett Show” featuring such illustrious Black guests as Ray Charles, Shirley Chisholm, Quincy Jones, Joe Frazier, Muhammad Ali, Redd Foxx and Little Richard.

HBO Max Celebrates Black History Month

HBO Max has launched a “Black History Is Our History” spotlight page, highlighting its slate of content in honor of Black History Month.

The page links to curated programming, featuring films, documentaries, biopics, original programming and animation that focus on the Black experience.

It will showcase documentaries and biopics that highlight civil rights icons, including one of the next Warner Bros. Same Day Premieres, Judas and the Black Messiah, (available in theaters and on HBO Max and streaming on HBO Max for 31 days from theatrical release), Black Art: In the Absence of Light, Between the World and Me, John Lewis: Good Trouble, Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland and King of the Wilderness. Original programming from black leads includes the HBO Max Original “Charm City Kings,” “Lovecraft Country,” “Watchmen,” “A Black Lady Sketch Show” and “Euphoria.” Family-friendly titles include “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” and “Teen Titans” and animated series, such as “The Boondocks” and “Black Dynamite.”

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The spotlight page will also include the 2020 finalists of HBO’s Short Film Competition in partnership with the American Black Film Festival (ABFF): “Dolapo Is Fine,” “A Storybook Ending,” “Black Boy Joy,” “A Rodeo Film” and “The Cypher.”

HBO subscribers in the U.S. have free access to the HBO Max app as part of their HBO subscription through participating providers. HBO Max is offering a limited time savings of 20% when prepaying for 6 months, now available through March 1. Terms and conditions apply.

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Content includes:

OUR PAST (Documentaries, Biopics, and Original Films)

  • 4 Little Girls, 1997 (HBO)
  • 40 Years a Prisoner, 2020 (HBO)
  • 1968, 2018
  • Amistad, 1997 (HBO)
  • Being Serena (HBO)
  • Bessie, 2015 (HBO)
  • Between the World and Me, 2020 (HBO)
  • Black Art: In The Absence of Light, 2021 (HBO) (premieres Feb. 9)
  • Boycott, 2001 (HBO)
  • Confirmation, 2016 (HBO)
  • Ebony: The Last Years of the Atlantic Slave Trade, 2016
  • Equal, 2020
  • Fists of Freedom: The Story of the ’68 Summer Games, 1999 (HBO)
  • Harriet, 2019 (HBO)
  • John Lewis: Good Trouble, 2020
  • Just Mercy, 2019 (HBO)
  • Kareem: Minority of One, 2015 (HBO)
  • King: A Filmed Record … Montgomery to Memphis, 1970
  • King in the Wilderness, 2018 (HBO)
  • Malcolm X, 1992
  • Mavis!, 2015 (HBO)
  • Miss Evers’ Boys, 1997 (HBO)
  • Paul Robeson: Tribute to an Artist, 1979
  • Ray, 2004 (HBO)
  • Red Tails, 2012 (HBO)
  • Roots, 1997
  • Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland, 2018 (HBO)
  • Sugar Ray Robinson: The Bright Lights & Dark Shadows of a Champion, 1998 (HBO)
  • The Apollo, 2019 (HBO)
  • The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, 1974 (HBO)
  • The Hurricane, 1999 (HBO)
  • The Loving Story, 2011 (HBO)
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, 2017 (HBO)
  • “The Shop: Uninterrupted” S3, E2 (HBO)
  • The Soul of America, 2020 (HBO)
  • The Tuskegee Airmen, 1995 (HBO)
  • Tiger, Parts 1 & 2 2021 (HBO)
  • True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality, 2019 (HBO)
  • Under the Grapefruit Tree: The CC Sabathia Story, 2020 (HBO)
  • We Are the Dream: The Kids of the Oakland MLK Oratorical Fest, 2020 (HBO)
  • We Will Rise: Michelle Obama’s Mission to Educate Girls Around the World, 2016
  • What’s My Name | Muhammad Ali Parts 1 & 2, 2019 (HBO)
  • Women of Troy, 2020 (HBO)


OUR JOY (Classic Comedy Series, Films, and Stand-Up Specials)

  • Amanda Seales: I Be Knowin’, 2019 (HBO)
  • “A Black Lady Sketch Show” (HBO)
  • A Thin Line Between Love and Hate, 1996
  • Chris Rock: Bigger and Blacker, 1999 (HBO)
  • Dave Chappelle: Killing Them Softly, 2000 (HBO)
  • Eve
  • Fifty Shades of Black, 2016 (HBO)
  • How to Be a Player, 1997 (HBO)
  • “Insecure” (HBO)
  • “Key & Peele”
  • Legendary
  • Life, 1999 (HBO)
  • Lil Rel Howery: Live in Crenshaw, 2019 (HBO)
  • Loiter Squad
  • Love and Basketball, 2000
  • Love Jones, 1997
  • Purple Rain, 1984
  • “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”
  • The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Reunion
  • The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency (HBO)
  • The Photograph, 2020 (HBO)
  • The Wayans Bros
  • Yvonne Orji: Momma, I Made It!, 2020 (HBO)


OUR FUTURE (Series and Films)

  • “2 Dope Queens” (HBO)
  • Above the Rim, 1994 (HBO)
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild, 2012 (HBO)
  • Betty (HBO)
  • Charm City Kings, 2020
  • Chewing Gum
  • David Makes Man
  • “Euphoria” (HBO)
  • Flight, 2012 (HBO)
  • Go Tell It on the Mountain, 1985 (HBO)
  • He Got Game, 1998 (HBO)
  • Home Videos (HBO)
  • Industry (HBO)
  • “Insecure” (HBO)
  • I May Destroy You (HBO)
  • Lean on Me, 1989
  • “Lovecraft Country” (HBO)
  • Malcolm X, 1992
  • Native Son, 2019 (HBO)
  • New Jack City, 1991
  • Nightingale, 2014 (HBO)
  • “O.G.”, 2018 (HBO)
  • Queen and Slim, 2019 (HBO)
  • Random Acts of Flyness (HBO)
  • Rosewood, 1997
  • Sermon on the Mount (HBO)
  • Something the Lord Made, 2004 (HBO)
  • The Color Purple, 1985
  • The Last King of Scotland, 2006 (HBO)
  • The Little Things, 2021(Streaming for a limited time)
  • “True Detective” (HBO)
  • Us, 2019 (expires Feb. 22) (HBO)
  • “Watchmen” (HBO)
  • We Are Who We Are (HBO)
  • Yuli, 2018 (HBO)



  • “Black Dynamite’
  • “Codename: Kids Next Door”
  • “Craig of the Creek”
  • “gen:LOCK”
  • “Laser Wolf”
  • “Static Shock”
  • “Steven Universe”
  • “Steven Universe Future”
  • “Teen Titans”
  • “The Boondocks”
  • “The Jellies”
  • Todd McFarlane’s Spawn (HBO)
  • Vixen
  • “Young Justice”


Additionally, the select titles below will be available for free on and


Titles available on

  • 40 Years a Prisoner (HBO)
  • “Being Serena” (Season 1 Episode 1) (HBO)
  • Between the World and Me (HBO)
  • Bessie (HBO)
  • Black Art: In the Absence of Light (premieres 2/9) (HBO)
  • “I May Destroy You” (Season 1 Episode 1) (HBO)
  • “Insecure” (Season 1 Episode 1) (HBO)
  • “King in the Wilderness” (HBO)
  • “Lovecraft Country” (Episode 1) (HBO)
  • Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland (HBO)
  • The Apollo (HBO)
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (HBO)
  • The Loving Story (HBO)
  • “The Shop: Uninterrupted” (Season 3 Episode 2) (HBO)
  • We Are the Dream (HBO)
  • What’s My Name | Muhammad Ali (HBO)
  • Women of Troy (HBO)


Titles available on

  • “A Black Lady Sketch Show” (Season 1 Episode 1)
  • “Being Serena” (Season 1 Episode 1)
  • Between the World and Me
  • Black Boy Joy (premieres Feb. 2)
  • “Insecure” (Season 1 Episode 1)
  • “I May Destroy You” (Season 1 Episode 1)
  • “Lovecraft Country” (Episode 1)
  • “Watchmen” (Episode 1)

Comcast Xfinity Highlights Behind-the-Scenes Diversity of Superhero Stories

In celebration of Black History Month, Comcast Xfinity is offering the new short film Groundbreakers: Heroes Behind the Mask, which spotlights some of the contributors behind America’s favorite superhero stories, shows and movies.

“Comics, sci-fi and animation have long been popular genres within the African-American community,” said Keesha Boyd, executive director of multicultural consumer services at Comcast Corporation. “We hope viewers will be inspired by this content and learn more about the powerful contributions this community has made to the world of sci-fi entertainment.”

The 12-minute program includes interviews with:

  • Phillip Boutte Jr., costume illustrator for Marvel’s Black Panther, Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time and Warner’s Justice League;
  • Cheo Hodari Coker, showrunner of Netflix’s “Luke Cage”;
  • Dr. Sheena Howard, award-winning author of Black Comics: Politics of Race and Representation;
  • Alitha E. Martinez, comic book illustrator best known for her work drawing Marvel’s “Iron Man” and contributed drawings to comic book series “World of Wakanda”;
  • Reginald Hudlin, film writer, director and producer with credits including Marshall” and the graphic novel Black Panther: The Complete Collection;
  • Floyd Norman, Disney’s first African-American animator with credits including Mulan and The Jungle Book, and subject of the documentary An Animated Life;
  • Phil LaMarr, voiceover actor for several characters in the DC Comics Animated Universe and Star Wars: Rebels;
  • Ciara Renee, actress who played Hawkgirl on the CW’s “Legends of Tomorrow.”


The short film is available at the “Black Film & TV” destination on Xfinity on Demand, online at, on the Xfinity Stream app or by saying “black film and TV” into the Xfinity X1 Voice Remote.

In addition to Groundbreakers: Heroes Behind the Mask, Xfinity On Demand will offer several new films celebrating historical heroes this February, including Voices of the Civil Rights Movement, BET’s Madiba, TVOne’s Behind the Movement, Smithsonian Channel’s Malcolm X: The Lost Tapes, and The Africa Channel’s Fighting for King and Empire, along with special premiere clips for the upcoming Black Panther.