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Top Shows to Binge Watch on Netflix this Black History Month (That Are Not About Black Trauma)

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at UIC chapter.

So, as Black History Month is almost over, I decided to give you guys a list of some of my favorite black TV shows and movies. However, I wanted to give you guys some movies that will help you feel better this February. So, this list of films and series I’m about to give out are trauma-free and drama-free.

Note: This list is by no means meant to be a ranking, so don’t take the order to mean that one show is better than another. 


Girlfriends is a 2000’s sitcom, centering on the lives of four women: Joan (Trace Ellis Ross), Toni (Jill Marie Jones), Lynn (Persia White) and Maya (Golden Brooks) and their friend, William (Reggie Hayes). It is funny and refreshing, even though it kind of a throwback. I love the fashion and outfits featured in the show. The women also come from diverse backgrounds and it is interesting to see how they navigate friendships, relationships, career and family.

Half & Half

I am watching Half & Half right now. The show is about two estranged half-sisters Mona (Rachel True) and Dee Dee (Essence Atkins), who have the same father but relatively nothing in common. Mona’s mother was raised to be independent and self-sufficient, a sharp contrast with Dee Dee, who comes from a quite wealthy upbringing. The two live together in the same apartment building while navigating their relationship after such a long time apart. It is quite a funny sitcom and I do like seeing the positive effects of their sisterhood.

One on One 

This sitcom centers around a single father, Flex (Flex Alexander), and his teenage daughter, Breanna (Kyla Pratt) living together for the first time. The show follows him becoming a father full-time when his ex-wife decides to accept a job out of the country and Breanna moves in with him. Flex is more of a ladies’ man and has to adapt to becoming a full-time parent for Breanna. While Flex navigates parenthood, Breanna begins high school with her two best friends, Arnaz (Rober Ri’chard) and Spirit (Sicily).


The Game (Seasons 1-3 only), all 9 seasons on Hulu

The game is a sitcom following Melanie (Tia Mowry) and Derwin (Pooch Hall), a young couple who move to San Diego, after Derwin is recruited to play football with the San Diego Sabers. Melanie is a medical student who is introduced to the world of the Sunbeams, the wives and girlfriends of the players. Melanie soon befriends Tasha Mack (Wendy Raquel Robinson), mother of the Sabers, starting QB and Kelly Pitts (Brittany Daniel), the wife of the Sabers’s captain. The two women take Melanie under their wing and show her the ropes. The sitcom is comedical and one of my favorite tv shows. 


Homecoming: A Film By Beyonce 

The documentary follows Beyonce in the days leading up to her legendary Coachella performance. The show highlights her creative process and the inspiration behind the concert. She opens up as she becomes the first black woman in the history of Coachella to headline the festival. The performance is representative of the culture of HBCUs and their famous majorette and dance squad performances.

The Wedding Party 

This Nigerian comedy movie tells the story of Dozie (Banky W) and Dunni (Adesua Etomi) on the day of their nuptials. The movie hilariously shows the upcoming wedding with all of its stress. From jealous exes, nosy mothers-in-law, and crazy get-rich-quick schemes. The ultimate question is: will the couple make it down the aisle?

I hope you enjoy the films and TV shows I’ve listed. Happy Black History Month.

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Hello! My name is Tayo Omoniyi, and I am from Tinley Park, Illinois. I am a 2nd-year student at the University of Illinois at Chicago, studying Biology with a pre-medicine track. My passions are writing, travel and medicine. My ultimate career goal is to become a pediatric doctor. Outside of school, I love spending time with my family and friends. I have two younger sisters.
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