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What's New & Black On Netflix This Month

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It is no secret that, in the most recent years, Netflix has been increasing Black representation and content across its streaming platform.


In the summer of 2018, the streaming service brought 47 of its Black actors together to recreate the iconic photo "A Great Day in Harlem"; to make a bold statement about its opinion on representation in Hollywood. Daringly proclaiming new days to come, where black representation is no longer a trend, but a mainstay, Netflix has made it its mission to show that there is "no one way to be Black."

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In "not a moment [but a] movement," the project brought together by Netflix's Strong Black Lead initiative continues to soar, as it ensures to highlight how much the streaming service has featured and will continue to feature Black narratives, especially in its original programming sector.

Continuously showing that with Netflix it is a "Great Day in Hollywood," here are the top eight Black-led films and shows coming this February.

Free Rein: Valentine’s Day

Netflix

Available: February 5, 2019

In its second Netflix special, Free Rein returns with Valentine's Day. Telling a story of love and adventure, Zoe and friends go on a quest to find a fabled Maid's Stone. However, things begin to take a turn for the worse when it is quickly shown that they aren't the only ones searching for the stone. Now, as they race against Pin, March, Holloway, and the ever-untrustworthy Mia, the girls will have their friendship tested as they discover that some things might be better left alone.

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