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Here's What's New & Black AF On Netflix This Black History Month

We've got all the tea on how to make the most out of your TV time.

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It's the beginning of February and we both know why you're here. You're ready for all of this Black AF content coming to your favorite streaming platform for some hardcore Netflix and Chillin'––and xoNecole is here to give it to you. From OG classics like Purple Rain and Bootycall to introspective, binge-worthy content like Who Killed Malcolm X, we've got all the tea on how to make the most out of your TV time.

Scroll below for 14 Black AF titles coming to Netflix this month:

Ali (Feb. 1)

Ali

The champ is here! This 2001 Academy Award-nominated classic details the life and times of one of the greatest boxers in history. Starring Jamie Foxx and Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith, this is the perfect film to kick off your Black History Month the right way.

Booty Call (Feb. 1)

Booty Call

If you, like myself, were too young to watch Booty Call when it originally released in 1997, Netflix is giving you the opportunity to relish in all of the debauchery this February. This all-star cast of Black AF leads will have you LOL and might even inspire you to ignore that "wyd" message you get later on tonight *insert eyes emoji*...

Purple Rain (Feb. 1)

Purple Rain

Originally released in 1984, this Prince-led film won both an Academy Award and an Oscar for Best Music Score and to this day, it remains a classic.

Scary Movie 2 (Feb. 1)

Scary Movie

Quite possibly the funniest film in the Scary Movie franchise, this 2001 classic comedy stars a young Regina Hall and the Wayans brothers and was directed by Keenen Ivory Wayans.

Police Academy (Feb. 1)

Police Academy

If anybody was hoping to binge six of the 1980s Police Academy movies this weekend, Netflix has you covered.

They've Gotta Have Us (Feb. 5)

They've Gotta Have Us

As a tribute to three generations of Black film, photographer and artist Simon Fredrick brings us They've Gotta Have Us, a three-part series that features interviews from John Singelton and Diahann Carroll, who were both interviewed before their deaths, as well as Jesse Williams, Debbie Allen, and a number of other industry legends.

Who Killed Malcolm X? (Feb. 7)

Netflix

In December, Netflix released the Spike Lee-directed biopic, Malcolm X, and this month, the platform dives even deeper into the Black icon's story with this six-part docuseries that investigates the truth about his tragic death.

Locke & Key (Feb. 7)

Adapted from a comic book series, Locke & Key tells the story of three teens who move into what seems to be a supernatural house after their father's mysterious murder.

Braxton Family Values 11 - Season 1 & 2 (Feb. 15)

Amazon

Making its way to the streaming platform for the first time ever, the first and second season of Braxton Family Valueswill be available to stream on the 15th.

Gentefied (Feb. 21)

Gentrification has been coming for the POC community's necks for years now but this Mexican family of restauranteurs is fighting back. Executive produced by Ugly Betty star America Ferrera, this bilingual dramedy series premiered at Sundance in 2017 and is making its way to our screens Feb. 21.

A Haunted House (Feb. 21)

A Haunted House

A horror parody film produced by the king of horror parody films himself, Marlon Wayans, A Haunted House stars Essence Atkins, Cedric The Entertainer, and Affion Crockett in a goofy mashup of Paranormal Activity and The Devil Inside that you didn't see coming.

Altered Carbon (Feb. 27)

Netflix

Starring Anthony Mackie (Ant-Man), Simone Missick (All Rise), and Lela Loren (Power), this futuristic cyberpunk story is the perfect binge for the sci-fi lover in your life.

Queen Sono (Feb. 28)

I didn't know I needed a series about an afro-rocking, crime-fighting South African spy but Netflix gave it to me and now I can't unsee it.

All the Bright Places (Feb. 28)

Netflix

Based on the 2015 novel by Jennifer Niven, All the Bright Places is a drama starring Justice Smith (The Get Down) that explores mental health and bipolar disorder in an eye-opening way.

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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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