Series on Netflix w/ Black-Tivity [act1]

On the surface it's challenging to find interesting, educational films and series on Netflix with some Black-activity value. Black-Tivity value? Yes, films, series which tell stories that I can either relate or identify with. Perhaps just the fact that the show has an afro aesthetic to it. Not just stories about the black culture that have been portrait from a dominating "white" perspective and always shows the broken "black" man or woman. Tired of it.  Instead we need to see more cinema that shows the opposite. Show me the "Black Heros" Like Marvels's Luke Cage  or The Get Down. These series really excite me. It is great to see my culture celebrated on tv. I can tune into Netflix and really enjoy an hour or two watching these series amongst others.  Off course a thing or two can also be said about elements in how 'also' these stories have been told but, hey; you do not want to be the Nagger right ;) Lets appreciate the progress that is -and continue to contribute our selfs to creating the images we wish to see. 


In this Marvel live action series, a street-fighting ex-con battles crime on the streets of New York as the Super Hero, Luke Cage. Now Streaming on Netflix.

‹‹ Did you know ››  

  • Luke Cage was originally introduced in 1972 and was originally intended as a stereotype representing the rise of black blaxploitation at the time with the releases of Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (1971) and Shaft (1971).

  • This is the first Marvel feature to use the n word, for which Cheo Hodari Coker had complete trust from Marvel regarding the use of the word in the show. The word is used casually in the series, while some characters, including Cage, prefer not to use it. Coker said the intent was never to use it "in a way where it's flippant. I used it from the standpoint of, if we were going to eavesdrop on a conversation with African-American people with nobody else around, when would this word be used and how would it get used."
  • In the 90's, Quentin Tarantino wanted to make Luke Cage: Hero for Hire into a film, with Laurence Fishburne in the title role, but opted to make Pulp Fiction instead.
  • Luke Cage was never a policeman or military serviceman in the comic book versions. In the Netflix series it is mentioned that he was a former cop and that he served in Marine Force Recon, which is presumably creations only for this live-action version of his character.


"The Get Down" is a mythic saga of how New York at the brink of bankruptcy gave birth to a new art form. Set in New York in 1977, this music-driven drama series chronicles the rise of hip-hop and the last days of disco -_ told through the lives, music, art and dance of the South Bronx kids who would change the world forever. 
Watch The Get Down now:

The Get Down is from Baz Luhrmann and a team of collaborators including four-time Oscar¬ winner and fellow executive producer Catherine Martin, legendary MC and executive producer Nas, associate producer Grandmaster Flash, Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, co-creator and executive producer Stephen Adly Guirgis; and expert collaborators, including hip-hop historian and supervising producer Nelson George. 

Shameik Moore (Shaolin Fantastic), Justice Smith (Ezekiel "Books" Figuero), Herizen Guardiola (Mylene Cruz), Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Cadillac), Jaden Smith (Dizzee Kipling), Skylan Brooks (Ra-Ra Kipling), Tremaine Brown Jr. (Boo Boo Kiping), Mamoudou Athie (Grandmaster Flash), Jimmy Smits (Francisco "Papa Fuerte" Cruz) and Giancarlo Esposito (Ramon Cruz) star. "

Curated by Melanin Kris