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What's New & Black AF Coming To Netflix This Month

These releases will bring you all the Black joy you need this month.

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If you look forward to each new month to scroll through the latest Netflix offerings, you're not alone. The streaming platform prides itself on its commitment to diversity and they've been following through strong. Instead of wasting time figuring out which new Black titles have hit the platform, we've rounded up what's new and Black on Netflix in May. There are some Netflix originals like the highly-anticipated third season of Master's of None that has a special twist (hint: Emmy-winning Lena Waithe takes the lead) and classic's like a 2006 hit starring Tyrese Gibson.

Take a look below to see what to "Add to List" so you miss out on the Black joy on Netflix this month.

YASUKE – April 29

This anime follows a Black Samurai as he springs back into action when a mysterious little girl with powers comes into his life. Academy Award nominee for Best Supporting Actor Lakeith Stanfield voices the main character in this series and comic book artist LeSean Thomas is the creator behind the show that revisits Black history in feudal Japan.

Waist Deep – May 1

The year was 2006 when Tyrese Gibson hit the big screen in this action thriller about an ex-convict getting tangled up with a gang. Meagan Good stars alongside the R&B crooner for this film that still hits in 2021.

The Pelican Brief – May 1st

The 1993 movie had a few things the John Grisham book it's based on didn't, including Denzel Washington. The Hollywood actor plays a journalist who helps Julia Roberts' character unravel a conspiracy plot that turns out to be true.

Monster – May 7

Based on the YA novel by Walter Dean Myers, this Netflix original film follows the life of a 17-year-old Harlem film student (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) when he is suddenly accused of murder. The stakes? Spending the rest of his life in prison.

Jennifer Hudson, Jeffrey Wright, ASAP Rocky, and Lovie Simone also star in the film.

Sleepless – May 8

This 2017 American drama stars Jamie Foxx as undercover Las Vegas police officer Vincent Downs who faces off against corrupt cops and a gang of mobsters to rescue his kidnapped son.

The Upshaws – May 12

Mike Epps, Kim Fields, and Wanda Sykes join forces in this sitcom about a Black Indiana family trying to level up while tackling everyday struggles. What's not to love about a trio of Black comedic geniuses under one roof?

Sleight – May 16

Jacob Latimore as a young street magician dealing drugs might sound like an odd plot, but it works in this sci-drama from 2016. It's important to note that this film is also Black directed (J.D. Dillard).

Army of the Dead – May 21

This Netflix original tapped Power's Omari Hardwick as part of this ensemble cast for a flick that is part-zombie apocalypse and part-mega-heist.

Master of None: Moments in Love – May 23

We waited four years for this! Lena Waithe teams up again with Aziz Ansari for Master of None's five-episode third season. Co-written by Lena alongside Aziz, she also stars in this new season that focuses on the relationship between Waithe's Denise and her partner Alicia (Naomi Ackie).

High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America– May 26

Netflix

If a documentary is more your speed, you might want to get into this one that shed lights on culinary innovations by Black Americans.

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This post is in partnership with Ulta Beauty.

"I'm a better mother, I'm a better wife, and I'm a better boss, because I take care of myself."

This is just one of the many gems our girl Mattie James dropped in the latest episode of "Beautiful Soul," hosted by xoNecole founder Necole Kane. Mattie is a lifestyle blogger and mother of three who has grown a loyal following from her relatable lifestyle, fashion, and beauty content. This digital maven takes to Instagram each day to lift the veil of her everyday life. We get to see her approach to juggling motherhood with business, daily fashion inspo, and keeping it real about those moments when the juggle gets real. Above all else, Mattie is committed to making self-care a non-negotiable practice in her life,

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As Mattie can attest, self-care isn't just about surface-level treats like getting a manicure and soaking in bubble baths. It's about making that "me-tine" a priority and a non-negotiable practice. It's also about setting the right boundaries so that you don't stretch yourself too thin. "Boundaries are like lanes on a highway," she explains. "You have to switch your lanes, but there's shoulders on the road for a reason. You can drive on a shoulder if you want, but it'll cause wear and tear on your car. So you can do things outside your boundaries, but you'll wear yourself out. You have to be honest with yourself."

In the midst of raising three young children, running her personal brand, and maintaining a household, Mattie is diligent about putting self-care dates into her planning just like she would a meeting. That includes therapy appointments, massages, or even quiet time to do absolutely nothing. These are essential wellness tactics that all serve her so that she can better serve others.

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Mattie's Skincare Faves

The Cult Classic Purifying Face Cleanser

The Cult Classic Purifying Face Cleanser

A TULA essential, this purifying Gel-Based Cleanser removes dirt, impurities & makeup without stripping or over-drying.

Tula
$28

Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm

Take Off The Day Cleansing Balm Makeup Remover

Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm is a silky, lightweight makeup remover that quickly dissolves tenacious eye and face makeups, sunscreens.

Clinique
$36

Take The Day Off Makeup Remover For Lids, Lashes & Lips

Take The Day Off Makeup Remover For Lids, Lashes & Lips

Clinique's best-selling makeup remover Take The Day Off Makeup Remover For Lids, Lashes & Lips is a totally tugless formula that whisks away makeup.

Clinique
$21

C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream

Drunk Elephant's C-Tango is a rich and restorative eye cream featuring a brightening combination of eight peptides, five forms of vitamin C, and cucumber extract for firmer, stronger-looking skin around the eye area.

Drunk Elephant
$64

Tonique Confort Rehydrating Comforting Toner With Acacia Honey

Lancôme Tonique Confort Re-Hydrating Comforting Toner with Acacia Honey

Tonique Confort is a soothing, alcohol-free facial toner that improves skin hydration in just 15 minutes and gently cleanses, preps skin and reveals a visible glow.

Lancôme
$35

Salicylic Acid 2% Anhydrous Solution

Salicylic Acid 2% Anhydrous Solution

The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Anhydrous Solution is a squalane based, non-irritating serum formulated with salicylic acid to effectively decongest the skin and provide surface exfoliation.

The Ordinary
$6.50

Lotus Youth Preserve Dream Face Cream

fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Dream Face Cream

fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Dream Face Cream recovers & detoxifies while minimizing signs of aging for more rested, youthful-looking skin by morning.

fresh
$54

Pro-Retinol Body Butter

Pro-Retinol Body Butter

Pro-Retinol: now available for your body. Josie Maran's Whipped Argan Pro-Retinol Body Butter is a lusciously whipped body butter infused with gentle and effective pro-retinol for a smoother, firmer-looking, deeply hydrated body.

Josie Maran
$46

100% Pure Argan Oil

100% Pure Argan Oil

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