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Netflix Spotlights Black Cinema With 'Black Lives Matter' Collection
Netflix created the collection after a recent uptick in searches.
Two weeks ago, Netflix announced its support of the Black Lives Matter movement. This week, the company is promoting a collection of films inspired by the movement.
The collection includes noteworthy Black films like Spike Lee's Malcolm X, as well as his forthcoming Netflix original Da 5 Bloods. Additionally, the collection features Ava DuVernay's 13th and When They See Us, Mudbound, Orange is the New Black, Dear White People and Moonlight. The collection is available to Netflix subscribers worldwide, but the on-screen notification only appears in the United States.
Netflix announced the promotion in a tweet. "When we say 'Black Lives Matter,' we also mean 'Black storytelling matters," the tweet reads. "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."
Previously, Netflix has released collections spotlighting Black creators and subjects with collections by genre. Examples include "Black Behind the Camera," "Black Comedy Icons," "Black Music Legends," and "Black & Queer."
"To be silent is to be complicit," the company tweeted on May 30, just five days after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. "We have a platform, and we have a duty to our Black members, employees, creators, and talent to speak up."
After complaints from subscribers, Netflix recently removed four comedy shows featuring Australian comedian Chris Lilley. Lilley's shows came under fire for depictions of Black and indigenous populations including blackface.
Spike Lee's Da 5 Bloods premieres on Friday, June 12 on Netflix.