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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.

The Umbrella Academy

Netflix

Available: February 15, 2019

In this Netflix Original, forty-three infants are inexplicably born, on the same day in October 1989, to random, unconnected women who showed no signs of pregnancy the day before. Seven are adopted by Sir Reginald Hargreeves, a billionaire industrialist, who creates The Umbrella Academy and prepares his "children" to save the world. However, nothing goes according to plan. By the time the children are teens, the family is fractured, and their team disbanded. But now, six estranged siblings with extraordinary powers must reunite, in adulthood, to uncover shocking family secrets — oh, and a looming threat to humanity. Mary J. Blige makes an appearance as Cha-Cha, an unorthodox and ruthless assassin.

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