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Discover the unique voices and stories of Black creators and entertainers through Ignite TV

February 3, 2022

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Black History Month is an opportunity to educate, celebrate and shine a light on the meaningful contributions of Black creators and entertainers while amplifying their voices and lived experiences through powerful storytelling. 

From must-watch documentaries and heart-warming dramas to ground-breaking comedies and ultimate love stories, there is an abundance of diverse content available to watch this February and throughout the year – but where do you start?

To commemorate Black excellence in entertainment, we’ve curated the best of Black History & Entertainment in a special collection for Ignite TV customers. To access, say “Black History Month” or “Celebrate Black History” into the Ignite TV voice remote and check out more than 150 titles across movies, TV shows and more including:

Atlanta (FX, Disney+) – The series centers on college dropout and music manager Earnest “Earn” Marks and rapper Paper Boi as they navigate the Atlanta rap scene.

Black-ish (Citytv, Disney+) – The award-winning series takes a fun yet bold look at one man’s determination to establish a sense of cultural identify for his family.

Hidden Figures (On Demand, Disney+) – Three brilliant Black women at Nasa in the early 1940s – Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson – who play an integral role in the development of American aviation and space technology. 

If Beale Street Could Talk (Netflix) – In early 1970s Harlem, Tish vividly recalls the passion, respect and trust that connected her and fiancé Fonny. Friends since childhood, the devoted couple dream of a future together, but their plans are derailed when Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit.

Journal for Jordan (On Demand) – Deployed to Iraq, First Sgt. Charles Monroe King starts to keep a journal of love and advice for his infant son. Back at home, Dana Canedy, a senior editor for the New York Times, revisits the story of her unlikely, life-altering relationship with King and his enduring devotion to his beloved family.

Judas and the Black Messiah (On Demand, Crave) – Offered a plea deal by the FBI, William O’Neal infiltrates the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party to gather intelligence on Chairman Fred Hampon.

Just Mercy (On Demand, Netflix) – In 1989, a young Harvard law graduate Bryan Stevenson travels to Alabama to start the Equal Justice Initiative, a non-profit organization that provides legal representation to those that cannot afford it. One of his first cases focuses on his efforts to overturn the wrongful conviction of Walter McMillian.

Pose (FX, Disney+) – Co-created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Steven Canals, the drama series spotlights the legends, icons and ferocious house mothers of New York’s underground ball culture, a movement that first gained notice in the late 1980s. 

Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker (Netflix) – The miniseries follows the incredible story of Madam C.J. Walker as she rises from poverty to build a beauty empire and becomes the first female self-made millionaire.

Selma (On Demand, STARZ) – The film follows Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic struggle to secure voting rights for all people – a dangerous and terrifying campaign that culminated with the epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, and led to President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act in 1965.

The Hate U Give (On Demand, STARZ, Disney+) – Starr Carter is constantly switching between two worlds – the mostly black neighbourhood where she lives and the mostly white prep school that she attends. The uneasy balance between these two worlds is shattered when she witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend by a police officer. Facing pressure from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and decide to stand up for what’s right.

What Happened, Miss Simone? (Netflix) – The documentary chronicles the life of “High Priestess of Soul, American singer Nina Simone, who became a civil rights activist and moved to Liberia following the turbulence of the 1960s. The documentary combines previously unreleased archival footage and interviews with Simone’s daughter and friends.