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Celebrate Black Joy With These Family-Friendly Movies & TV Shows

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There is a lot going on in our country right now, from job losses to lives lost and racism that just never seems to go away. And unfortunately, Black mothers bear the distinct burden of teaching, warning, and protecting our children from the fact that the world has a lot more changing to do. But one positive that has come out of this post-George Floyd era is a greater awareness of the challenges that marginalized communities face, and a desire to know more, and do more — and that means not just learning about our hardships, but also about our joy.

For moms, it starts with our kids, and one of the best ways to communicate with them has always been through TV and film. Whether you’re a Black mom looking to inspire your child to unlock their unlimited potential, or a non-Black mom looking for content that challenges the stereotypical black narratives, we’ve got black astronauts, black royalty, black inventors and more on screen in family-friendly picks that are genuinely fun to watch. Read on for our compilation of the best TV shows and films that celebrate black joy.

A version of this article was originally published in June 2021.

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