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Everything That's New & Black AF On Netflix This August

Netflix knew what they were doing when they brought some our favorite Black AF sitcoms back.

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Netflix knew what they were doing when they revealed that some of our favorite Black AF sitcoms would be making a comeback over the next few months and I only have four words: aw, sookie sookie nah.

Along with Girlfriends, Moesha, and The Game, Netflix is also shining a light on some of the other classic sitcoms we grew up watching like One on One, Half and Half, and The Parkers and we absolutely love to see it.

Although we only have a few more months of warm weather, there's no shame in leveling up your Netflix and Chill game every now and then, and there's no better time than the present.

Here are 10 Black AF movies and shows you can expect to see on the platform this month:

Moesha (Aug 1)

Moesha/The Everett Collection

Throw it all the way back to 1996 with the old school classic starring a young Brandy, Ray-J, and Countess Vaughn that will give you all the nostalgia. Although many of the members from Moesha are no longer with us, you can still relive the 90s in all its glory by streaming seasons 1-6 right now.

Prison Song (Aug 1)

This 2001 drama featuring Q-Tip, Mary J. Blige, and Harold Perrineau explores the side effects of wrongful convictions, mass incarceration, and growing up in the system, so make sure to grab a box of tissues, sis.

National Security (Aug 1)

National Security

When a Police Academy dropout (Martin Lawrence) and an LAPD officer (Steve Zahn) go rogue to uncover a corrupt gang of thieves and dirty cops, all hell breaks loose and the unlikely friends are forced to team up and crack the case together, all while cracking us up at the same damn time.

The Brothers (Aug 1)

The Brothers

I was today years old when I learned that Shemar Moore, D.L. Hughley, Morris Chestnut, and Bill Bellamy starred in the male version of Waiting to Exhale and now I have no choice but to queue it up on my playlist and see what it's all about. From the director of Deliver Us from Eva and Hangin' with Mr. Cooper comes this 2001 romantic comedy-drama about four men navigating the world of love, sex, and relationships.

Death at a Funeral (Aug 1)

British screenplay writer Dean Craig teamed up with Martin Lawrence, Chris Rock, Lorretta Divine, and Regina Hall for this 2010 comedy remake that will give you the laugh you didn't know you needed this week.

Sam Jay: 3 In The Morning (Aug 4)

From the mind of Saturday Night Live writer Sam Jay comes 3 In The Morning, a laugh-out-loud hour-long stand-up comedy show that touches on the complications and complexities of being a Black LGBTQ+ woman in the digital age.

Anelka: L'Incompris (Aug 5)

Netflix

This Netflix Original sports documentary details the life and rags to riches story of famed soccer player Nicolas Anelka, also dubbed "The Bad Boy of French Football".

Scary Movie 5 (Aug 12)

Scary Movie 5

I'm not totally sure we needed another film from the Scary Movie franchise, especially without Regina Hall, but cameos from Usher, Angie Stone, Jasmine Guy, and Katt Williams make this goofy parody movie worth the watch.

Project Power (Aug 14)

Scheduled for release on August 14th, this superhero action film starring Jamie Foxx makes you wonder what you would do if you had a superpower for five minutes.

The Game 

The Game

I'll never forget the way my 13-year-old heart dropped when Melanie found out Derwin cheated and kicked his ass all the way to the left to the tune of Beyonce's "Irreplaceable". It seems like only yesterday the cast of The Game gave us our entire lives once a week on UPN and finally, the show is making its way onto Netflix for you to binge to your heart's delight.

Featured image by The Game.

Before she was Amira Unplugged, rapper, singer, and a Becoming a Popstar contestant on MTV, she was Amira Daughtery, a twenty-five year-old Georgian, with aspirations of becoming a lawyer. “I thought my career path was going to lead me to law because that’s the way I thought I would help people,” Amira tells xoNecole. “[But] I always came back to music.”

A music lover since childhood, Amira grew up in an artistic household where passion for music was emphasized. “My dad has always been my huge inspiration for music because he’s a musician himself and is so passionate about the history of music.” Amira’s also dealt with deafness in one ear since she was a toddler, a condition which she says only makes her more “intentional” about the music she makes, to ensure that what she hears inside her head can translate the way she wants it to for audiences.

“The loss of hearing means a person can’t experience music in the conventional way,” she says. “I’ve always responded to bigger, bolder anthemic songs because I can feel them [the vibrations] in my body, and I want to be sure my music does this for deaf/HOH people and everyone.”

A Black woman wearing a black hijab and black and gold dress stands in between two men who are both wearing black pants and colorful jackets and necklaces

Amira Unplugged and other contestants on Becoming a Popstar

Amira Unplugged / MTV

In order to lift people’s spirits at the beginning of the pandemic, Amira began posting videos on TikTok of herself singing and using sign language so her music could reach her deaf fans as well. She was surprised by how quickly she was able to amass a large audience. It was through her videos that she caught the attention of a talent scout for MTV’s new music competition show for rising TikTok singers, Becoming a Popstar. After a three-month process, Amira was one of those picked to be a contestant on the show.

Becoming a Popstar, as Amira describes, is different from other music competition shows we’ve all come to know over the years. “Well, first of all, it’s all original music. There’s not a single cover,” she says. “We have to write these songs in like a day or two and then meet with our producers, meet with our directors. Every week, we are producing a full project for people to vote on and decide if they’d listen to it on the radio.”

To make sure her deaf/HOH audiences can feel her songs, she makes sure to “add more bass, guitar, and violin in unique patterns.” She also incorporates “higher pitch sounds with like chimes, bells, and piccolo,” because, she says, they’re easier to feel. “But it’s less about the kind of instrument and more about how I arrange the pattern of the song. Everything I do is to create an atmosphere, a sensation, to make my music a multi-sensory experience.”

She says that working alongside the judges–pop stars Joe Jonas and Becky G, and choreographer Sean Bankhead – has helped expand her artistry. “Joe was really more about the vocal quality and the timber and Becky was really about the passion of [the song] and being convinced this was something you believed in,” she says. “And what was really great about [our choreographer] Sean is that obviously he’s a choreographer to the stars – Lil Nas X, Normani – but he didn’t only focus on choreo, he focused on stage presence, he focused on the overall message of the song. And I think all those critiques week to week helped us hone in on what we wanted to be saying with our next song.”

As her star rises, it’s been both her Muslim faith and her friends, whom she calls “The Glasses Gang” (“because none of us can see!”), that continue to ground her. “The Muslim and the Muslima community have really gone hard [supporting me] and all these people have come together and I truly appreciate them,” Amira says. “I have just been flooded with DMs and emails and texts from [young muslim kids] people who have just been so inspired,” she says. “People who have said they have never seen anything like this, that I embody a lot of the style that they wanted to see and that the message hit them, which is really the most important thing to me.”

A Black woman wears a long, salmon pink hijab, black outfit and pink boots, smiling down at the camera with her arm outstretched to it.

Amira Unplugged

Amira Unplugged / MTV

Throughout the show’s production, she was able to continue to uphold her faith practices with the help of the crew, such as making sure her food was halal, having time to pray, dressing modestly, and working with female choreographers. “If people can accept this, can learn, and can grow, and bring more people into the fold of this industry, then I’m making a real difference,” she says.

Though she didn’t win the competition, this is only the beginning for Amira. Whether it’s on Becoming a Popstar or her videos online, Amira has made it clear she has no plans on going anywhere but up. “I’m so excited that I’ve gotten this opportunity because this is really, truly what I think I’m meant to do.”

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