Celebrate Black Stories Through These Films For Black History Month

Yeah, I’ll check out a movie / But it’ll take a Black one to move me,” Chuck D famously rapped on Public Enemy’s “Burn Hollywood Burn.” While Black filmmakers, actors, and stories have been making authentic reflections for decades, Chuck D’s call to action continues to be answered with each passing year.

Black stories and perspectives, both on-screen and behind the scenes, deserve year-round consideration and curation. However, Black History Month creates an opportunity to celebrate these artists and films through the ages. That’s why Xfinity is sharing a curated collection of Black independent films on its Black Experience on Xfinity channel in celebration of Black history, representation, and storytelling.

On both sides of the camera, Black films tell stories completely. These movies can present the past with authentic perspectives, capture the now with realism, and inspire the future. Often, these pieces of art provoke dialogue, awareness, and understanding within the community and beyond, showing the best outcomes of the motion picture.

Xfinity is committed to connecting its audience through authentic and diverse storytelling and programming. These independent Black films, available in the Xfinity library, reflect the dynamic themes, genres, and messages. This collection spans more than five decades and multiple award-winning performances from insightful comedy to tragedy, romance to satire.

These are some of the standout films from the Black Experience on Xfinity collection*:

  • Fruitvale Station, 2013

Ryan Coogler’s award-winning directorial debut chronicles the true story of Oscar Grant III and his final hours in Oakland, California. Starring Michael B. Jordan. The film went on to win a number of awards, including the following: NAACP Image Award, Gotham Independent Film Award, African-American Film Critics Association, Independent Spirit Awards, Cannes Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival.


  • Eve’s Bayou, 1998


Kasi Lemmons’ Southern Gothic feature starring Samuel L. Jackson and Lynn Whitfield is a film about family, infidelity, and the power of memory in 1960s Louisiana. The film went on to receive an NAACP Image Award for Best First Feature.

  • Dope, 2015  

Rick Famuyiwa directed a mid-2010s love letter to 1990s Hip-Hop, fashion, and style in this coming-of-age film that captures a group of friends trying, desperately, to stay out of harm’s way. Dope won a number of awards, including a Black Reel Award, African-American Film Critics Association award for Best Screenplay, and critical acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival.

Visit xfinity.com/blackexperience to learn more about the Black Experience on Xfinity library.

*Programming subject to change. Restrictions apply. Not available in all areas. Subscriptions required to access select titles on streaming services.