What's New & Black AF On Netflix This July

Check out what's new and Black on Netflix this month.

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The West Coast is having a Heat Wave. While the East Coast is gearing up for a tropical storm. Cities like Boston and Minneapolis have experienced the hottest month of June to date; and the South is set to break records for the summer heat. Yet, it's still like Christmas this July. Between new music, shows, and movies, July seems to be the best time to go out and return home to rest up in front of the screen.

Luckily for us, those moments of rest can be just as entertaining as having a night out on the town. And with the help of Netflix and their upcoming originals, there's no chance of their being a dull moment. Fresh off the sleigh, Netflix has delivered ten new pieces to add to their New Black Netflix lineup. From the emotional short documentary, Audible, to the action-packed Gunpowder Milkshake, Netflix has something for everyone this upcoming month.

Check out what's new and Black on Netflix this July, while avoiding unnecessary summer sweats.

Audible: July 1st

This original Netflix documentary follows The Orioles, a football team from Maryland School for the Deaf, who haven't lost a game in 16 seasons. Although, that quickly changes when they are defeated by a local football team. Now, in hopes to return to their original standing, The Orioles head on a journey to earn their title once more, while refusing to allow their deafness to be a hinderance.

Born to Play: July 1st

Low on funds, but full of passion comes the Boston Renegades on their road to redemption. After losing their championship match the previous year, Born to Play highlights a women's football team which consists of unpaid athletes of various ages, 19-49. With relentless determination and motivation, the women of Boston Renegades dedicate their time, bodies, and salaries to their dream of being professional football players.

The Best of Enemies: July 1st

Based on the book The Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South by Osha Gray Davidson, comes The Best of Enemies. This film focuses on the rivalry between the radical civil rights activist Ann Atwater and the leader of the Ku Klux Klan, C. P. Ellis. Ann Atwater is known for her involvement in the betterment of African-American communities, while focusing on reducing school violence and ensuring the peaceful desegregation of schools.

The film stars Taraji P. Henson and Sam Rockwell as Ann Atwater and C.P. Ellis, respectively.

Why Do Fools Fall In Love: July 1st

Why Do Fools Fall in Love follows the life of Frankie Lymon until his death at the tender age of 25. Particularly, the movie follows Frankie Lymon and the three women who claim to have been married to Frankie upon his death and want to lay claim to his estate. The film gives a playful, charismatic, and entertaining take on a tragic story about show-business and loyalty. This Gregory Nava picture features Black icons, Larenz Tate, Vivica A. Fox, Halle Berry, Lela Rochon, and Little Richard.

We The People: July 4th

We The People is a new Netflix series that combines civic sessions with catchy musical tunes. A 10-episode series created by Chris Nee, executive produced by the Obamas, We The People sets out to teach viewers about the rights and duties of being an American Citizen. Nee states that, "The entire project was about finding ways to talk about things that have become very partisan and not take sides." With hope, this mini-series will inspire younger viewers to become more interested in politics and their civic duty.

Gunpowder Milkshake: July 14th

Two words: Angela. Bassett.

According to Netflix, this upcoming film is the "mother of all action films." Gunpowder Milkshake is an action-filled story about a mother-daughter assassin team and their friends, as they revolt against the group of men who fight to take everything from them. The Netflix original also stars Game of Thrones legend Lena Headey, Haunting of Hill House/Bly Manor queen Carla Gugino, Doctor Who alum Karen Gillan, and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon alum Michelle Yeoh.

Naomi Osaka: July 16th

Up until 2017, the name Osaka was barely uttered beyond the tennis community. Now, just four years later, Naomi Osaka has become a household name and she has a story to tell. In this three-part mini series, we get a glimpse of tennis-player and Grand Slam winner, Naomi Osaka's life and career as she overtakes the world of women's professional tennis.

Django Unchained: July 24th

Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, returns Django (Jamie Foxx) accompanied by dentist-German bounty hunter, Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) to Netflix's streaming service. Django Unchained follows Django, a freed slave, two years before the Civil War. On a mission to hunt the South's most-wanted criminals, Django discovers that his long-lost wife, Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), remains a slave and sets out on a mission to free her.

All American: Season Three: July 27th

After announcing his return to South Crenshaw High at the end of season two, season three of All American picks up with the festering of grievances and rivalries. With Spencer and Coach Baker changing teams, the stakes between Beverly High and Crenshaw has now reached the all-time heights with father pitted against son and friend pitted against friend. Tune in to figure out who will win the rivalry and what will become of Spencer and friends their final year of high school.

Resort to Love: July 29th

Resort to Love/Netflix

In the early 2000s, romantic comedies were like the air you breathe: all around and all encompassing. Now, finding a romantic comedy is like finding a musical strictly made for the big-screen, rare and often underwhelming. Though, that might be set to change. Netflix's new romantic comedy Resort to Love, produced by Alicia Keys, tells of an inspiring singer who obtains a resident job at the island resort and spa. Meanwhile, she discovers her ex-fiancee and his current finance plan to get married at the venue. It stars Christina Milian, Jay Pharoah, and Sinqua Walls.

Featured image via Resort to Love/Netflix

ACLU By ACLUSponsored

Over the past four years, we grew accustomed to a regular barrage of blatant, segregationist-style racism from the White House. Donald Trump tweeted that “the Squad," four Democratic Congresswomen who are Black, Latinx, and South Asian, should “go back" to the “corrupt" countries they came from; that same year, he called Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas," mocking her belief that she might be descended from Native American ancestors.

But as outrageous as the racist comments Trump regularly spewed were, the racially unjust governmental actions his administration took and, in the case of COVID-19, didn't take, impacted millions more — especially Black and Brown people.

To begin to heal and move toward real racial justice, we must address not only the harms of the past four years, but also the harms tracing back to this country's origins. Racism has played an active role in the creation of our systems of education, health care, ownership, and employment, and virtually every other facet of life since this nation's founding.

Our history has shown us that it's not enough to take racist policies off the books if we are going to achieve true justice. Those past policies have structured our society and created deeply-rooted patterns and practices that can only be disrupted and reformed with new policies of similar strength and efficacy. In short, a systemic problem requires a systemic solution. To combat systemic racism, we must pursue systemic equality.

What is Systemic Racism?

A system is a collection of elements that are organized for a common purpose. Racism in America is a system that combines economic, political, and social components. That system specifically disempowers and disenfranchises Black people, while maintaining and expanding implicit and explicit advantages for white people, leading to better opportunities in jobs, education, and housing, and discrimination in the criminal legal system. For example, the country's voting systems empower white voters at the expense of voters of color, resulting in an unequal system of governance in which those communities have little voice and representation, even in policies that directly impact them.

Systemic Equality is a Systemic Solution

In the years ahead, the ACLU will pursue administrative and legislative campaigns targeting the Biden-Harris administration and Congress. We will leverage legal advocacy to dismantle systemic barriers, and will work with our affiliates to change policies nearer to the communities most harmed by these legacies. The goal is to build a nation where every person can achieve their highest potential, unhampered by structural and institutional racism.

To begin, in 2021, we believe the Biden administration and Congress should take the following crucial steps to advance systemic equality:

Voting Rights

The administration must issue an executive order creating a Justice Department lead staff position on voting rights violations in every U.S. Attorney office. We are seeing a flood of unlawful restrictions on voting across the country, and at every level of state and local government. This nationwide problem requires nationwide investigatory and enforcement resources. Even if it requires new training and approval protocols, a new voting rights enforcement program with the participation of all 93 U.S. Attorney offices is the best way to help ensure nationwide enforcement of voting rights laws.

These assistant U.S. attorneys should begin by ensuring that every American in the custody of the Bureau of Prisons who is eligible to vote can vote, and monitor the Census and redistricting process to fight the dilution of voting power in communities of color.

We are also calling on Congress to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act to finally create a fair and equal national voting system, the cause for which John Lewis devoted his life.

Student Debt

Black borrowers pay more than other students for the same degrees, and graduate with an average of $7,400 more in debt than their white peers. In the years following graduation, the debt gap more than triples. Nearly half of Black borrowers will default within 12 years. In other words, for Black Americans, the American dream costs more. Last week, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, along with House Reps. Ayanna Pressley, Maxine Waters, and others, called on President Biden to cancel up to $50,000 in federal student loan debt per borrower.

We couldn't agree more. By forgiving $50,000 of student debt, President Biden can unleash pent up economic potential in Black communities, while relieving them of a burden that forestalls so many hopes and dreams. Black women in particular will benefit from this executive action, as they are proportionately the most indebted group of all Americans.

Postal Banking

In both low and high income majority-Black communities, traditional bank branches are 50 percent more likely to close than in white communities. The result is that nearly 50 percent of Black Americans are unbanked or underbanked, and many pay more than $2,000 in fees associated with subprime financial institutions. Over their lifetime, those fees can add up to as much as two years of annual income for the average Black family.

The U.S. Postal Service can and should meet this crisis by providing competitive, low-cost financial services to help advance economic equality. We call on President Biden to appoint new members to the Postal Board of Governors so that the Post Office can do the work of providing essential services to every American.

Fair Housing

Across the country, millions of people are living in communities of concentrated poverty, including 26 percent of all Black children. The Biden administration should again implement the 2015 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule, which required localities that receive federal funds for housing to investigate and address barriers to fair housing and patterns or practices that promote bias. In 1980, the average Black person lived in a neighborhood that was 62 percent Black and 31 percent white. By 2010, the average Black person's neighborhood was 48 percent Black and 34 percent white. Reinstating the Obama-era Fair Housing Rule will combat this ongoing segregation and set us on a path to true integration.

Congress should also pass the American Housing and Economic Mobility Act, or a similar measure, to finally redress the legacy of redlining and break down the walls of segregation once and for all.

Broadband Access

To realize broadband's potential to benefit our democracy and connect us to one another, all people in the United States must have equal access and broadband must be made affordable for the most vulnerable. Yet today, 15 percent of American households with school-age children do not have subscriptions to any form of broadband, including one-quarter of Black households (an additional 23 percent of African Americans are “smartphone-only" internet users, meaning they lack traditional home broadband service but do own a smartphone, which is insufficient to attend class, do homework, or apply for a job). The Biden administration, Federal Communications Commission, and Congress must develop and implement plans to increase funding for broadband to expand universal access.

Enhanced, Refundable Child Tax Credits

The United States faces a crisis of child poverty. Seventeen percent of all American children are impoverished — a rate higher than not just peer nations like Canada and the U.K., but Mexico and Russia as well. Currently, more than 50 percent of Black and Latinx children in the U.S. do not qualify for the full benefit, compared to 23 percent of white children, and nearly one in five Black children do not receive any credit at all.

To combat this crisis, President Biden and Congress should enhance the child tax credit and make it fully refundable. If we enhance the child tax credit, we can cut child poverty by 40 percent and instantly lift over 50 percent of Black children out of poverty.


We cannot repair harms that we have not fully diagnosed. We must commit to a thorough examination of the impact of the legacy of chattel slavery on racial inequality today. In 2021, Congress must pass H.R. 40, which would establish a commission to study reparations and make recommendations for Black Americans.

The Long View

For the past century, the ACLU has fought for racial justice in legislatures and in courts, including through several landmark Supreme Court cases. While the court has not always ruled in favor of racial justice, incremental wins throughout history have helped to chip away at different forms of racism such as school segregation ( Brown v. Board), racial bias in the criminal legal system (Powell v. Alabama, i.e. the Scottsboro Boys), and marriage inequality (Loving v. Virginia). While these landmark victories initiated necessary reforms, they were only a starting point.

Systemic racism continues to pervade the lives of Black people through voter suppression, lack of financial services, housing discrimination, and other areas. More than anything, doing this work has taught the ACLU that we must fight on every front in order to overcome our country's legacies of racism. That is what our Systemic Equality agenda is all about.

In the weeks ahead, we will both expand on our views of why these campaigns are crucial to systemic equality and signal the path this country must take. We will also dive into our work to build organizing, advocacy, and legal power in the South — a region with a unique history of racial oppression and violence alongside a rich history of antiracist organizing and advocacy. We are committed to four principles throughout this campaign: reconciliation, access, prosperity, and empowerment. We hope that our actions can meet our ambition to, as Dr. King said, lead this nation to live out the true meaning of its creed.

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