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Black Music Month is upon us. Haven't heard of it? We've got you covered?
06/01/2023

Black Music Month is upon us. Haven't heard of it? We've got you covered?

Black Music Month marks the start of a celebration, a time to remember, dance, sing, and give our flowers to the influence of Black music.

04/14/2023
Anyone looking for shows with strong, Black, female leads on Netflix?
04/11/2023

Anyone looking for shows with strong, Black, female leads on Netflix?

Discover new Black TV shows, and new Black actresses, that are leading the way as stars on some of Netflix's most compelling programming.

Quick: Top 5 Spike Lee movies!
03/20/2023

Quick: Top 5 Spike Lee movies!

Find out which movies are among the best Spike Lee movies of all-time, including number one, which is a bit of an upset to some.

Are y'all looking forward to "Run the World" Season 2?
03/18/2023

Are y'all looking forward to "Run the World" Season 2?

Find out the latest information about the "Run the World" Season 2, set to premiere later this year. We have the release date!

The 90s were big for Black people. And I think there's no doubt that our representation TV was particularly special. But...
02/17/2023

The 90s were big for Black people. And I think there's no doubt that our representation TV was particularly special.

But our movies were no joke either. With many of our culture's most respected movies of all-time stemming from this decade.

So we ran down the most iconic movies of the 1990s...just in case you're looking for something to binge this weekend!

Let’s watch some 90s Black movies! From romcoms in the city to drama taking place in the church, Black movies from the 90s had it all.

So back in the old days when we actually went to the movies, what movies did Black people actually show up and show out ...
02/14/2023

So back in the old days when we actually went to the movies, what movies did Black people actually show up and show out for?

Let's celebrate the success of black cinema together! Recently, black movies have been on the rise in the film industry and one way to measure their success is through box office earnings.

If we're being honest, the best 2 seasons of Atlanta were its first two seasons. So just for kicks and giggles, we recap...
02/13/2023

If we're being honest, the best 2 seasons of Atlanta were its first two seasons. So just for kicks and giggles, we recapped every single episode of the first 2 seasons. Check it out...it will really take you back!

“Atlanta” has reached its series conclusion. And while some of us didn’t necessarily love the penultimate season, Season 4 of Atlanta did bring about some redemption. But it goes almost without saying that Seasons 1 and 2 were the pinnacle of the series creativity. They ushered in what we all ...

While the Oscars have traditionally left Black actresses out of the conversation, we have had a few actually get their t...
02/13/2023

While the Oscars have traditionally left Black actresses out of the conversation, we have had a few actually get their talents recognized by the Academy.

Here are all of them:

Let’s talk about the Black Actresses of the past decade that put forth Oscar-worthy performances for Best Supporting Actress. Whenever society does manage to find itself caring about the unheralded Black actress, often the talk is around the “leading lady”. However, there cannot be a leading l...

What are the best Black TV sitcoms of all-time? We give you five!
02/13/2023

What are the best Black TV sitcoms of all-time?

We give you five!

It’s a debate that will reel in just about any Black person, and certainly any Black millennial who came up on TV during the 1990’s Black TV Renaissance: what are the best black TV shows ever?  Well, that’s a really big question to ask, and it’s almost impossible to answer given the differe...

Who are your best Black male actors of all-time?
02/13/2023

Who are your best Black male actors of all-time?

When thinking this list of the best Black actors of all-time, and looking at our history, I was astounded by how far back we go and how excellent at the craft we've been...

The TV show Big Brother routinely has to deal with the issue of race. So why does America keep watching?
02/13/2023

The TV show Big Brother routinely has to deal with the issue of race. So why does America keep watching?

I have a big admission to make that most people don’t know about me:  I love Big Brother.  For the uninitiated, it’s a show in which 16 people enter a house, go through competitions, form informal teams and alliances, and on a weekly basis, they vote each other out of the house. What could pos...

What are the best Black drama movies of all-time? We give you the list...
02/13/2023

What are the best Black drama movies of all-time?

We give you the list...

Okay. So this is going to be highly debated, but the conversation has to be had: what are the top 10 black movie dramas of all-time?  Let’s start off by clarifying that we are strictly going for drama-drama movies. So romance films like Love Jones and Luv & Basketball obviously aren’t in consid...

The Amazon Prime Series "Harlem" is back, and our writer thinks, based on season 1, it's worth the watch!
02/13/2023

The Amazon Prime Series "Harlem" is back, and our writer thinks, based on season 1, it's worth the watch!

As we get set for the Season 2 premiere of "Harlem" this Friday, February 3rd, our reviewer gives "Harlem" a bingeworthy grading.

What do you think of Gen Z's favorite TV shows and movies?
02/13/2023

What do you think of Gen Z's favorite TV shows and movies?

Real talk. Pinning down classic Black TV shows and movies that are unique and specific to Gen Z is difficult. It’s complex for a variety of reasons. For starters, how are we defining a Black classic? And how are we defining a Black classic that is specific to Gen Z? There’s a whole canon of […...

As we know, Netflix has a lot of junk on it, so sometimes it can be hard to get through all of the muck. We're here to h...
02/13/2023

As we know, Netflix has a lot of junk on it, so sometimes it can be hard to get through all of the muck. We're here to help by giving you the 17 highest-rated shows and movies on the platform, according to actual fans!

Ratings? Which ratings? Not that old metric from Nielsen that doesn’t matter anymore. We’re talking about Rotten Tomatoes ratings? Now, I know, Rotten Tomatoes isn’t exactly the source we should rely on for determining the best shows. But! Given how much content there is out there today, espec...

Our CEO was super disappointed with Season 3 of Atlanta, but he admits, Season 4 was a comeback worthy of praise.
02/13/2023

Our CEO was super disappointed with Season 3 of Atlanta, but he admits, Season 4 was a comeback worthy of praise.

When I wrote, prior to the debut of its most recent season, that Season 3 of “Atlanta” was a disappointment, I kept coming back to the fact that the creators really didn’t give a damn that most folks didn’t like what they saw. It even sounded like they were proud of the fact that they […]

We're obviously a little biased, but we know there are some other good players out there on the market. Check out our li...
02/13/2023

We're obviously a little biased, but we know there are some other good players out there on the market. Check out our list of the best Black streaming services!

Black-Owned Streaming Services Are Heating Up! Constantly, people of color are not accurately or authentically represented in media. This is largely due to a lack of diversity among those who produce content and own the platforms we watch content on, very few of which are black-owned streaming servi...

These black shows are familiar, but their availability on streaming services isn't. So if you need a great show to watch...
01/30/2023

These black shows are familiar, but their availability on streaming services isn't. So if you need a great show to watch on demand, we've got you covered...

Reruns and takeout, anyone? Netflix, HBO, and other popular streaming services have stepped their game up in recent years to highlight popular Black programming. And we’re here for it. From Hulu’s “Black Stories” hub to Netflix’s “Strong Black Lead” sub-brand, it’s now a lot easier t...

Don't know why you'd need another streaming service outside of ours 😂, but in case you do...
01/30/2023

Don't know why you'd need another streaming service outside of ours 😂, but in case you do...

Black-Owned Streaming Services Are Heating Up! Constantly, people of color are not accurately or authentically represented in media. This is largely due to a lack of diversity among those who produce content and own the platforms we watch content on, very few of which are black-owned streaming servi...

We give Atlanta its Season 4 flowers...sort of!
01/30/2023

We give Atlanta its Season 4 flowers...sort of!

When I wrote, prior to the debut of its most recent season, that Season 3 of “Atlanta” was a disappointment, I kept coming back to the fact that the creators really didn’t give a damn that most folks didn’t like what they saw. It even sounded like they were proud of the fact that they […]

Looking for your next Black TV show to watch on Netflix? We've got a list for that!
01/30/2023

Looking for your next Black TV show to watch on Netflix?

We've got a list for that!

Ratings? Which ratings? Not that old metric from Nielsen that doesn’t matter anymore. We’re talking about Rotten Tomatoes ratings? Now, I know, Rotten Tomatoes isn’t exactly the source we should rely on for determining the best shows. But! Given how much content there is out there today, espec...

How does Gen Z's list of "classic" Black TV shows stack up to that of millennials? BCR explores!
01/30/2023

How does Gen Z's list of "classic" Black TV shows stack up to that of millennials?

BCR explores!

Real talk. Pinning down classic Black TV shows and movies that are unique and specific to Gen Z is difficult. It’s complex for a variety of reasons. For starters, how are we defining a Black classic? And how are we defining a Black classic that is specific to Gen Z? There’s a whole canon of […...

"Harlem" is returning its second season this Friday. Here are our thoughts on season one so you can be prepared!
01/30/2023

"Harlem" is returning its second season this Friday. Here are our thoughts on season one so you can be prepared!

As we get set for the Season 2 premiere of "Harlem" this Friday, February 3rd, our reviewer gives "Harlem" a bingeworthy grading.

This is sure to be consequential, but we put out some of the best dual-threat actress-singers of the last 20 years, and ...
01/23/2023

This is sure to be consequential, but we put out some of the best dual-threat actress-singers of the last 20 years, and we think we got the right ones up there. But of course, we'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

Easy is the last thing to describe the journeys of Black actresses that have managed to make careers in both the worlds of movies and music. However, these Black actresses do both flawlessly. While some consistently stay booked and busy, others come around every once in a while and nail their perfor...

If you're in need of something to binge tonight, we have a few shows, new and old, worth the time on the couch. Check ou...
01/23/2023

If you're in need of something to binge tonight, we have a few shows, new and old, worth the time on the couch. Check out our list!

So you’ve been on your Roku TV set, looking for something new to watch, and as you keep scrolling and scrolling, something clearly needs to be asked of the current moment in television: what Black TV shows are out now?

Looking for something good to watch on Netflix? We have a few black movies you will be sure to enjoy during your next ni...
01/23/2023

Looking for something good to watch on Netflix?

We have a few black movies you will be sure to enjoy during your next night in streaming!

Netflix is undoubtedly the pioneer and leader in video streaming, and while the platform wasn’t always the best at bringing Black movies and TV shows to its platform, it has certainly made a concentrated effort to beef up its content library with a collection of Black content for us to binge on. A...

Who's been watching Grand Crew on NBC? I know we're late to the game, but with the show returning for season 2 in the no...
01/20/2023

Who's been watching Grand Crew on NBC? I know we're late to the game, but with the show returning for season 2 in the not-so-distant future, we thought we'd spin up our review of this new take on Black social life!

Grand Crew is a new Black TV sitcom focused on a group of, largely, Black friends living in Los Angeles, getting through the everyday struggles of life. At first glance, you can easily put it in the vein of Friends or Cheers, as the show centers around this group of six congregating at their hangout...

The Whitest, Black TV Show Ever. That's how we describe "This Is Us", the now-ended NBC show, that believe it or not, wo...
01/18/2023

The Whitest, Black TV Show Ever.

That's how we describe "This Is Us", the now-ended NBC show, that believe it or not, won a Black Reel Award for "Best Drama"!

We cover why, how, and what makes a show about a predominately white family, one of the most well-written Black TV shows of all time.

Okay, let’s get this part out of the way: “This Is Us”, on its face, does not come across as a Black TV show. Every central character, except one, is white, and most of the stories, including those based on or around real world events, are not ones that are exactly homages to the Black […]

Looking for a new show, but don't want to invest in yet another series that Netflix is just going to cancel after 1 or 2...
01/18/2023

Looking for a new show, but don't want to invest in yet another series that Netflix is just going to cancel after 1 or 2 seasons?

Here are 5 Black TV shows we believe are going to be around for the long haul:

There's too much stuff to watch on TV. Even when you whittle it down to just watching Black TV shows, there’s still a lot that you have to wade through in order to get to the good stuff that’s worth your time and your investment.

To borrow from Drake: Hollywood never loved us. But to leave it there is to leave a whole lot on the cutting room floor....
01/11/2023

To borrow from Drake: Hollywood never loved us.

But to leave it there is to leave a whole lot on the cutting room floor.

So we try to pick up the pieces for you and explain just how the relationship between Black people and Hollywood got started, why it ebbs and flows, and maybe, just maybe, how we can put an end to this foolishness.

Hollywood has come a long way since 1915, but with the persistent degradation of Black people rooted in its foundation, it has structurally refused to overcome its original sin.

I know some of you aren't exactly fans of the show, but when you really break it down, is black-ish a better show than w...
01/10/2023

I know some of you aren't exactly fans of the show, but when you really break it down, is black-ish a better show than we give it credit for?

Blackish, unfortunately, has ended after its 8th season. Admittedly, when it first dropped in September of 2014, I wasn’t too sure about the show. The only promise it had was my love for both Tracee Ellis Ross, who I loved from watching Girlfriends, and Anthony Anderson, whose favorite role of min...

It's 2023, and we know folks want to leave the pandemic behind us. But we just wanted to take a second and celebrate the...
01/09/2023

It's 2023, and we know folks want to leave the pandemic behind us. But we just wanted to take a second and celebrate the TV shows that got us through all of those lonely quarantine nights at a time when we all really could use the escape.

The Covid (20)19 virus that blew up in 2020 and went hard into 2021 was miserable for us all. For Americans, you would’ve thought our many riches, advanced healthcare, and scientific expertise would have allowed us to get through this better than most. They didn’t. And if you’re Black, it was ...

We throw around the terms "Black TV Show", "Black sitcoms", "Black programming", but if we're to put a definition to it,...
01/04/2023

We throw around the terms "Black TV Show", "Black sitcoms", "Black programming", but if we're to put a definition to it, what would it look like.

Here's your answer:

If you're wondering what constitutes a Black TV Show, we have the answer, as Uzo Ometu breaks down what goes into making that claim.

Check out the hilarious  tonight in Austin for the Cold Comedy show! RSVP only...link in bio!
11/15/2022

Check out the hilarious tonight in Austin for the Cold Comedy show! RSVP only...link in bio!

New episodes of "My Roommate Pays All the Bills" up on BlackOakTV!
10/07/2022

New episodes of "My Roommate Pays All the Bills" up on BlackOakTV!

Who doesn't love a list? Putting out our top Black Actresses of the past decade!
09/21/2022

Who doesn't love a list? Putting out our top Black Actresses of the past decade!

Black women are routinely paid less than should be. Specifically, they are paid just 64 cents for every dollar paid to a white man. As you can imagine, Black actresses don’t have it much better, often being paid less for their work than their white counterparts.  But .  Black actre...

Yes, that's right! Season 4 of Atlanta premieres tonight. Naturally, we have some thoughts!
09/15/2022

Yes, that's right! Season 4 of Atlanta premieres tonight. Naturally, we have some thoughts!

Season 3 of "Atlanta" wasn't its best work. Now with Season 4 airing, viewers hope it will return to its Atlanta, and comedy, roots.

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