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5 “Black Lives Matter” Documentaries You Need to Watch (or Rewatch) Now

I am obsessed with watching documentaries and bio pics! I love my thrillers and my fair share of stand-up comedies on Netflix but it is something about living in the footsteps of real people and seeing their journeys.

With the cold weather creeping in, now is the perfect time to watch, or rewatch if you are anything like me, some of the best documentaries our culture has ever seen.

While I enjoy just about all documentaries in support of finding justice for us, but I do have my favorite. I've listed my top five, a clip to see their trailers and a places to watch the full thing! 

Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story

Watch on: Amazon Prime, Vudu, YouTube

Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story, which was executive produced by Tracy Martin, Jay-Z along with others, was originally aired on BET in 2018 but you can now stream it at home. It is a six part series that shares the drama surrounding the gunning down of Trayvon Martin, a teenage boy, as he returns home from a trip to the corner store in Florida. The Docu-Series depicts the tensions around race and the infamous Stand-Your-Ground law in America.

Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland

Watch on: Amazon Prime, HBO, Vudu, YouTube

Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland visits the last few hours of Bland's life. Sandra was a 28-year-old African American women was found in her jail cell dead three days after being arrested in a tiny Texas town during a traffic violation. While her death was ruled a suicide, her friends and family did not agree. The documentary follows the case for two years and explores what really could have happened to Sandra while in police custody.

Stranger Fruit

Watch on: Amazon Prime, Vudu, YouTube

The 2017 Stranger Fruit documentary centers around the 2014 shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson, Missouri police officer, Darren Wilson, in the middle of a residential street. He was returning home with a friend, Dorian Johnson, after visiting a store. 'Stranger Fruit' is the unraveling of what took place in his final moments and is told through the eyes of Mike Brown's family.


Watch on: Netflix

13th, which gets its title from the Constitution's 13th amendment, is a 2016 film that explores the mass incarceration in the US and its connection with race. Ava DuVernay, the documentary's director, expresses that the 13th amendment is just a loophole to ensure that America's black population will never have a chance at liberty.

Time: The Kalief Browder Story

Watch on: Netflix

The Kalief Browder Story is a six-part Netflix documentary that follows the story of a high school student from the Bronx, Kalief Browder, who was accused of stealing a backpack. Bower was imprisoned on Rikers Island at the age of 16 for three years of which two were spent in solitary confinement and he had yet to be convicted of the crime.With his family being unable to post the bail of a mere $900, he remained behind bars.

BONUS!!! (okay I couldn’t pick just five!)

3½ Minutes, Ten Bullets

Watch on: Amazon Prime, YouTube, Hulu

3½ Minutes: Ten Bullets depicts the 2012 happenings during the murder of 17-year-old Jordan Davis and the trial of Michael Dunn who shot Davis repeatedly at a gas station in Florida. Dunn was upset that Davis was playing his music too loud. Much like the murder of Trayvon Martin, 3½ Minutes: Ten Bullets, studies the Stand Your Ground' self-defense law and if it holds water.


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