Documentaries

Take a look at five important events in Black history that we hope get added to the queue of documentaries being made.

Big Daddy Kane has tapped Jay-Z, Eminem, Doug E. Fresh and more to star in his upcoming Netflix documentary doc titled “Paragraphs I Manifest.”

NEW YORK (AP) — Few TV documentary series can boast having a more powerful real world impact than “Surviving R. Kelly.” Though allegations of sexual abuse against minors followed R&B superstar R. Kelly for years, it was a six-part series aired by Lifetime last January featuring testimonials by alleged survivors that sparked new attention from […]

President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama chopped it up with American Factory directors Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar about their new Netflix documentary. In the conversation, they explain why it was chosen as the first feature released by their company, Higher Ground Productions. The 3-minute clip shows the Obamas and the Oscar-nominated, Emmy-winning directors […]

The controversial death of Trayvon Martin polarized the nation, sparking a racial divide that led to organization of the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Martin was simply walking home from the store when he was attacked and gun-downed by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman. Shawn Carter, who brought forth the compelling and heart-wrenching Kalief Browder documentary, teamed up with […]

ESPN Films and Netflix are pooling their resources to present something that’s long overdue, a documentary series profiling the life and career of NBA icon Michael Jordan. Due in 2019, “The Last Dance” is a 10-part documentary that has the full blessing of Jordan and will include his participation in the series. Once cut from his […]

Award-winning director Delila Vallot takes an in-depth look at how African-American homeless people are treated in our country with her latest documentary Mighty Ground. The film, which also explores our broken system of race and economic class, follows homeless singer Ronald Troy Collins as he struggles with drug addiction and hustling to survive day-to-day by singing to people on the streets of […]

CANNES, France (AP) — Michael Moore is making a documentary about Donald Trump, and he says the president should be worried. Producers Harvey and Bob Weinstein announced Tuesday that they have secured worldwide rights to the film, which Moore had dubbed “Fahrenheit 11/9.” The name is taken from the day (the early morning day after […]

For those who have given up on trying to see Hamilton on Broadway, PBS has your next best option with tomorrow night’s premiere of Hamilton’s America, a documentary hosted by the show’s creator Lin Manuel-Miranda and featuring interviews with President Obama, Nas and Questlove of The Roots, among others. The network’s Great Performances Facebook page will also […]

The Black Panther Party For Self-Defense was a significant social justice group in the 1960’s that was a important precursor to the anti-police brutality movement today. The Panthers believed in self-determination for Black communities and in defending themselves against the police by carrying legal weapons and monitoring police activity in the neighborhoods. Destroyed internally by […]

As the nation celebrates Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 86th birthday, we are immersed in an intensive, often divisive, conversation about race in America.  Sixty years after King marched through the streets, like he did in Selma and cities throughout the South, we find ourselves still on the streets battling many of these same […]

Muhammad Ali may be the most documented athlete in history. He’s already been profiled in When We Were Kings, The Trials of Muhammad Ali and the ’30 for 30′ documentary Muhammad and Larry. Now, there’s a new documentary I Am Ali that deals with yet another facet of this extraordinary man’s life. This documentary focuses […]