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Black History Month

UNSPECIFIED - OCTOBER 18, 1964: American pianist and jazz singer Nina Simone performs October 18, 1964 in an unidentifed location. Simone, whose deep, raspy voice made her a unique jazz figure and later helped chronicle the civil rights movement, died in her sleep on April 21, 2003 of natural causes after a long illness. She was 70.

When it comes to setting up your must-watch list in honor of Black History Month, it’s hard to know where to start.  For their wide range of topics, we recommend these eight documentaries.  Enjoy!


The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

Released in 2011, The Black Power Mixtape is made up of film footage from Sweedish journalists chronicling America’s Black Power Movement and features notable activists like Angela Davis, Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale.

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 - Movie Trailer (2011) HD

THE BLACK POWER MIXTAPE 1967-1975 mobilizes a treasure trove of 16mm material shot by Swedish filmmakers, after languishing in a basement of a TV station for 30 years, into an irresistible mosaic of images, music, and narration chronicling the evolution one of our nation's most indelible turning points, the Black Power movement.


What Happened, Miss Simone?

Nina Simone’s monumental influence as an artist and activist shine through this moving documentary that’s also not afraid to go deep on her personal struggles.

What Happened, Miss Simone? | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix

Using never-before-heard recordings, rare archival footage and her best-known songs, this is the story of legendary singer and activist Nina Simone. SUBSCRIBE: About Netflix: Netflix is the world's leading Internet television network with over 83 million members in over 190 countries enjoying more than 125 million hours of TV shows and movies per day, including original series, documentaries and feature films. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on nearly any Internet-connected screen.

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