June is national black music month, and we can’t let this month keep passing us by without putting together a list of the best music documentaries and films on Netflix. Credit: Strong Black Lead
What Happened Miss Simone? - This riveting documentary on the beautiful and tenacious Nina Simone is sure to put a spell on you. You’ll learn about how captivating her mind is, but also learn how being a creative genius like herself often has a dark side to it.
Rapture tells the story of different rappers, and how they came to be. You’ll have a new appreciation for rappers like Logic, and an even fonder love for Two Chainz after seeing him go on tour with a broken leg.
Love Beats Rhymes - Azealia Banks plays a rapper struggling to find her inner voice, but with the help of a poetry teacher (played by Jill Scott) and a fine muse she finds all the lyrics she was missing.
The Art of Organized Noize - gives us an inside look into the legendary Atlanta trio who produced songs like So Fresh and So Clean by Outkast, No Scrubs by TLC and composing on Bridget Jones Diary! Talk about a triple threat. Y’all better stop sleeping on Sleepy Brown.
This is the Life - is one of the first documentaries directed by Ava Duvernay. It’s centered around a raw underground rap culture in Los Angeles called “The Good Life”. Conscious rap and clean eating were the base of this alternative music movement.
Hip Hop Evolution- Ever wondered where Hip Hop began? Some argue it was the Bronx; others say it was Maine. Okay so maybe no one has ever said Maine, but in this documentary Ice Cube, Afrika Bambaataa, and other Hip Hop legends trace just where hip hop began.
Chasing Trane - This whimsical documentary brings the legendary Jazz musician John Coltrane back to life through insightful interviews and rare performances.
Roxanne Roxanne - stars @chanteaadams as the legendary Roxanne Shanté. The film takes an extensive look at the young female mc’s life and career - highlighting her reign as a teen battle rap champion.