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Here's Everything New & Black AF On Netflix This June

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It's Gemini season, ladies! It's time to take advantage of this communicative time of year and spend time with people we like and thanks to the big Mercurian energy you'll feel over the next two weeks, you'll have the boost of charm you need to make any interaction a win.

Socializing is dope and all, but we all know that there's no better way to kick it with someone than to sit in silence for hours at a time for an epic binge session.


Netflix announced that along with their regularly scheduled third-party content, they would be releasing a total of 56 original movies and shows this June; so no matter who you decide to watch with, you should definitely be able to find a good compromise. Here's all the black-led movies and TV shows that are coming to Netflix this June:

Carmen: A Hip-Hopera - June 1

Netflix

With an all-star cast like Beyoncé, Mekhi Phifer, and Mos Def, it's safe to say that MTV's Carmen: A Hip-Hopera is a true underrated classic. Inspired by the 1875 opera and 1954 motion picture starring the legendary Dorothy Dandridge, Carmen tells the story of a free spirited temptress that embroils herself in a whole mess of drama after a run-in with an engaged police officer who she later falls in love with. When the two star-crossed lovers trade in the life they knew for a future on the run, they find out that fate always has the last word, and sometimes you won't like what it has to say.

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa - June 1

Paramount

The Madagascar franchise was actually lit AF. The first movie was an underrated classic, and the sequel had an all-star lineup including but not limited to Chris Rock, Jada Pinkett and Willow Smith, Sherri Shepherd, Bernie Mac, and Cedric the Entertainer.

The 2008 cartoon-animated film picks up where the first film left off, with a gang of domestic zoo animals from New York City that are stranded on the island of Madagascar. When they finally make their attempt to retreat to back to the states by plane, they instead crash land in dead in the middle of the motherland.

Black Mirror - June 5

This creepy sci-fi thriller changed how we see technology, and on June 5th, the series will return with three new stories. Nicole Beharie (Sleepy Hollow), Anthony Mackie (Ant Man) and Yahya Abdul-Mateen (The Get Down), will star in the third episode, "Striking Vipers" about a couple who uses an app to conceive their second baby, but it seems that infertility isn't their only problem.

The Black Godfather - June 7

Known as the gatekeeper of the entertainment industry, Clarence Avant made an imprint on black culture that won't likely be forgotten. With praise from celebrities like Snoop Dogg and Diddy to Barack Obama, this documentary tells the story of how a music executive from Greensboro, North Carolina became the Godfather of Black Music.

Ralph Breaks The Internet - June 11

Disney

This Wreck-It Ralph sequel is a Disney animated film that stars Taraji P. Henson and Sarah Silverman. Ralph Breaks the Internet tells the story of a young gamer and her best friend who travel into the depths of the internet to find a mechanical part to fix her favorite video game.

Marlon: Season 2 - June 14

NBC

Although this Wayans brother's sitcom was canceled recently, you can still catch up with all of the episodes from both seasons on Netflix this June.

Grey's Anatomy: Season 15 - June 15

ABC

Meredith is creeping with an intern?! Amelia's husband is another woman's baby daddy?! Jesse Williams is still fine AF?! This damned show can make me laugh, cry, and hot and bothered all in one episode, and this June, you can enjoy the magic of every episode to date without commercials.

Grey Sloan Memorial was overflowing with hot tea last season, and you can fully indulge in all the drama on June 15th.

Beats - June 19

Recently, Netflix revealed that we will be forced to say goodbye to the ladies at Litchfield County Correctional Facility this July for the 7th and final season of Orange Is The New Black, but they're not making us say goodbye to our favorite character just yet.

Uza Aduba will star alongside Anthony Anderson in the new Netflix original film, Beats, about an agoraphobic music prodigy that finds an unlikely manager in a former music producer turned school security guard.

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse - June 26

Sony Pictures

I'm not much into comic book action hero movies, but this film features a black Spider-Man and I am here for it. Starring Shameik Moore (Dope), Mahershala Ali, and Bryan Tyree Henry (Atlanta), this computer-animated film gives an alternate view of the Marvel classic and was the first non-Pixar film to win the award for the Best Animated Feature since Rango in 2011.

Motown Magic: June 28

Netflix

I definitely didn't know this existed before, but this is the most amazing thing I've ever seen and I'm in love. Motown Magic is an animated series that was executive produced by Smokey Robinson about a young boy from Motown who uses his magic paintbrush to decorate his city. Starring celebs like Ne-Yo and BJ The Chicago Kid, Motown Magic is a classic that the little kid in your life needs to watch ASAP.

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When I was ten, my Sunday school teacher put on a brief performance in class that included some of the boys standing in front of the classroom while she stood in front of them holding a heart shaped box of chocolate. One by one, she tells each boy to come and bite a piece of candy and then place the remainder back into the box. After the last boy, she gave the box of now mangled chocolate over to the other Sunday school teacher — who happened to be her real husband — who made a comically puzzled face. She told us that the lesson to be gleaned from this was that if you give your heart away to too many people, once you find “the one,” that your heart would be too damaged. The lesson wasn’t explicitly about sex but the implication was clearly present.

That memory came back to me after a flier went viral last week, advertising an abstinence event titled The Close Your Legs Tour with the specific target demo of teen girls came across my Twitter timeline. The event was met with derision online. Writer, artist, and professor Ashon Crawley said: “We have to refuse shame. it is not yours to hold. legs open or not.” Writer and theologian Candice Marie Benbow said on her Twitter: “Any event where 12-17-year-old girls are being told to ‘keep their legs closed’ is a space where purity culture is being reinforced.”

“Purity culture,” as Benbow referenced, is a culture that teaches primarily girls and women that their value is to be found in their ability to stay chaste and “pure”–as in, non-sexual–for both God and their future husbands.

I grew up in an explicitly evangelical house and church, where I was taught virginity was the best gift a girl can hold on to until she got married. I fortunately never wore a purity ring or had a ceremony where I promised my father I wouldn’t have pre-marital sex. I certainly never even thought of having my hymen examined and the certificate handed over to my father on my wedding day as “proof” that I kept my promise. But the culture was always present. A few years after that chocolate-flavored indoctrination, I was introduced to the fabled car anecdote. “Boys don’t like girls who have been test-driven,” as it goes.

And I believed it for a long time. That to be loved and to be desired by men, it was only right for me to deny myself my own basic human desires, in the hopes of one day meeting a man that would fill all of my fantasies — romantically and sexually. Even if it meant denying my queerness, or even if it meant ignoring how being the only Black and fat girl in a predominantly white Christian space often had me watch all the white girls have their first boyfriends while I didn’t. Something they don’t tell you about purity culture – and that it took me years to learn and unlearn myself – is that there are bodies that are deemed inherently sinful and vulgar. That purity is about the desire to see girls and women shrink themselves, make themselves meek for men.

Purity culture isn’t unlike rape culture which tells young girls in so many ways that their worth can only be found through their bodies. Whether it be through promiscuity or chastity, young girls are instructed on what to do with their bodies before they’ve had time to figure themselves out, separate from a patriarchal lens. That their needs are secondary to that of the men and boys in their lives.

It took me a while —after leaving the church and unlearning the toxic ideals around purity culture rooted in anti-Blackness, fatphobia, heteropatriarchy, and queerphobia — to embrace my body, my sexuality, and my queerness as something that was not only not sinful or dirty, but actually in line with the vision God has over my life. Our bodies don't stop being our temples depending on who we do or who we don’t let in, and our worth isn’t dependent on the width of our legs at any given point.

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