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Netflix's Championship for Black Creators



Netflix, once just a DVD delivery service, now arguably the leader in entertainment. Netflix's impact has caused a steady decline in cable customers and DVD sales. Their formula of streaming movies and original content has revitalized the entertainment industry forever. Due to the success they've had, companies such as Amazon, Youtube, Hulu, Yahoo, Sony, Google -- to list a few -- have started to stream movies and original content. With companies making billions off of the formula they've created, it's further proof that Netflix are the pironer's of the streaming era and the leading voice of the entertainment industry today.


Netflix get's a lot of praise for the content, but they don't really get enough praise for the contribution's they've had on Black entertainment. Here's a list of upcoming project's Netflix have containing black artists.


(No order)


-Central Park: A four-part limited series written and directed by Ava Durnvey. Based on a true story, the series will chronicle the notorious case of five teenagers of color from Harlem — Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise — who were convicted of a rape they did not commit.


Scheduled to debut in 2019.


-Untitled Prince Documentary: Directed by Ava Durnvey, the film will consist of interviews, archival footage, photos and archive access. The multiple-part documentary will cover the artist’s entire life.


No release date has been set.


-Siempre Bruja: A 10 episode series about a 19-year-old Afro-Colombian slave and witch who travels through time from the 17th century to the present-day Colombian city of Cartagena in a desperate attempt to rescue her loved one.


Scheduled to debut February, 1st, 2019.


-The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind: Feature film Directed by Chiwetel Ejiofor, about a boy who can’t afford to go to school but dreams of building a windmill to save his village from famine.


A release date has not yet been announced.


-Yasuke: An anime on the first black samurai who fought with Oda Nobuna. Lakeith Stanfield is set to voice the lead. Flying Lotus, will produce and compose while LeSean Thomas (The Boondocks) directs.


A release date has not yet been announced.


-Rhythm and Flo: A 10-part hip-hop talent search starring Cardi B, Tip "T.I." Harris and Chance The Rapper. Produced by John Legend.


Expected to be released Fall 2019.

A release date has not yet been announced.


-Uncorked: Directed by Insecure Season 3 show-runner and EP Prentice Penny, the film is about a young man, fueled by his love of wine, strives to become a master sommelier while dealing with his father’s expectations that he will take over the family barbecue business.


Scheduled to debut sometime in 2019.


And those are just to list a few. Netflix has also revived old classics such as She's Got To Have It, given a platform for unique show's like Dear White People and have spent big money on talents such as Chris Rock (40 million), Dave Chapelle (60 million), Kenya Barris (100 million) and Shonda Rhimes (150 million).


Netflix, being such a huge company, their contributions are super important in the fight for diversity in the Entertainment industry. Hulu has a Kerry Washington produced show in the works. Amazon has a Jordon Peele produced show in the works and have also signed Viola Davis's production company to a development deal. Netflix's influence can already be seen.


It has not been publicized as much as it probably should be, but quietly Netflix has been supporting the culture by giving opportunities to black artists.