20 Documentaries That Celebrate #BlackCreators

20 Documentaries That Celebrate #BlackCreators 1024 553 Alexandra Rapti

Black Art: In The Absence of Light

Black artists in America are often underrepresented and overlooked in their contribution to American Art. In this film, artist and curator, David Driskell’s landmark 1976 exhibition, “Two Centuries of Black American Art,” is highlighted by paying homage to OUR Black art pioneers and placing a spotlight on the rising stars in this unsung genre of art.

The Apollo

The prestigious Apollo theater has been an influential part of American pop culture around the world. This New York City venue has been a place for black identity in America and has provided a space for artists to express themselves and rise to the top.

Devil at the Crossroads

Recognized by numerous organizations and publications, including the Rock and Roll, Grammy, and Blues Halls of Fame, Devil at the Crossroads gives a glimpse into the life of Robert Johns aka The Master of Blues.

Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace

Kehinde Wiley is one of the most sought after artists in contemporary art. His paintings celebrate African-American culture in the style of the classic masterpieces. This documentary will lead you through the journey of how he became the new master of modern fine arts.

I Called Him Morgan

A film that took 7 years to make dives in to the life of jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan and his common-law wife Helen Morgan, which after a turn of events concludes to a dramatic ending and is dubbed one of the best jazz documentaries out there.


From the birth of Motown in Motor City to its growth and migration to Los Angeles. This documentary gives us an inside look at one of the most memorable record label who integrated african american culture into mainstream music.

Fresh Dressed

Fashion is a statement of who you are. It goes so much further than just the name and Fresh Dressed gives us an in-depth understanding of how Hip Hop’s fashion roots stem from plantation culture and is now a medium in which african Americans use to voice who they are and look good while doing it.

Charley Pride: I’m Just Me Trailer

An exemplary story about artistic expression triumphing over racism and discrimination. A Sharecroppers son to Negro League Baseball to a country music superstore Charlie Pride’s story is very humbling.

Gil Scott-Heron - Black Wax

This film was the first American film to be funded by an international company. We enter the life of the late Gil Scott-Heron who was dubbed the forefather of rap music speaking about things from Ronald Reagan’s win to exploring the contrasts of D.C. and its surrounding suffering minority neighborhoods.

Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest

Back in the day on the boulevard of Linden, ATCQ was one of the hottest groups in hip-hop. Follow Phife, Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, and Jarobi’s travels to hip-hop legendary status.

A Litany For Survival: the Life and Work of Audre Lorde

Civil, lesbian, and women’s rights were fought with the heart and soul of Audre Lorde. This documentary shows us the extremely passionate, award winning, charismatic American writer and college professor’s challenge to manifest a future where people could be themselves and still inspires new generations of women.