The weekend’s here, and I don’t know about you, but there are few things I like to do more than kick back and relax with a good movie (ehem, and a glass of wine).

Wading through Netflix’s vast selection to find just the right pick can sometimes feel a bit daunting (and even make you want to just give up all together). But if you stick with it, there are some wonderful films out there, many of them directed by Black filmmakers.

So, need help deciding on what to watch this weekend?

Here are 5 films to check out on Netflix this weekend.


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Don’t let the Tyler Perry association fool you, Tina Gordon Chism’s Peeples was actually really funny–and it has a cast TO DIE FOR. Sure, the film was a little predictable at times (it’s a rom-com after all), but Peeples was hilarious and endearing. Give it a shot.

Dear White People


There’s a lot going on in Justin Simien’s debut film, but it’s all super interesting. This on-campus drama has been compared to classics like School Daze and Higher Learning, but it definitely stands all on its own.



Let me just put it out there, Newlyweeds ain’t your typical rom-com. It’s about a couple who really, really loves to smoke weed. The film is funny, quirky, a little dark, and weird…very, very weird. Despite the utter strangeness of it all, I really enjoyed it. I also appreciated that Newlyweeds showed a different kind of relationship between the main characters.

Mother of George

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Andrew Dosunmu’s film Mother of George is  gorgeous. The colors, the Brooklyn backdrop, and Bradford Young’s cinematography make for an absolutely beautiful film. The story follows a Nigerian woman (Danai Gurira) struggling to balance the traditions of her culture back home with her new life in New York City, which ultimately leads her to make some tough choices.

Mississippi Damned


I haven’t seen this one yet (maybe this weekend!), but Ava DuVernay loves it, so it’s a safe bet it’s good. Here’s how Shadow & Act describes Tiny Mabry’s film: “The award-winning stark drama features an ensemble cast, and follows the dreams and disappointments of 3 African American children in poor rural Mississippi. Struggling to overcome the cyclical violence and poverty at home, each hopes for a brighter future: Leigh with her flirtatious high school girlfriend; Sammy, who has a college basketball scholarship; and Kari, the youngest, considering a career as a pianist. However, each soon learns that they will have to confront their family’s past if they are to overcome what constrains them, “damned,” to their Mississippi stead.”

What will you be watching this weekend?

Share your picks in the comments below!

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  • Ms. A

    I loved Peeples but I have to check out Mother of George…

  • De_Ann

    Dear White People is an awful movie but I’ll check out the others; thanks.

  • Venus

    Great column. Run it every Friday!

  • Mother of George is stunning!

  • Erica D. Young

    Sorry but in didn’t care for Mississippi Damned at all!!! This movie was spiritually exhausting! Not one positive Black male character not one? All the women are struggling and being mistreated. Don’t want to give too.much away but if you’re going through ANYTHING I mean ANYTHING I’m talking as little as a bad hair day DO NOT WATCH THIS MOVIE!
    Dear Black People…blah..
    Will check out the others except for the Tyler Perry movie…not a fan
    Thanks for this list!