Netflix curates new collection of 'Black Lives Matter' titles, Hulu honors Juneteenth
The streaming giant announced the change in a tweet Wednesday.
"When we say 'Black Lives Matter,' we also mean 'Black storytelling matters.' With an understanding that our commitment to true, systemic change will take time – we're starting by highlighting powerful and complex narratives about the Black experience," the statement read.
If you tuned into your Netflix account today, you were greeted with a different welcome screen than usual. The streaming platform is presenting audiences with a featured collection titled "More than a Moment."
"Black lives matter. Learn more about racial injustice and the Black experience in America with this collection of films, series and documentaries," the welcome screen reads.
Viewers have the option to either view the collection or dismiss and go to their regular home page.
The collection features 47 titles highlighting "the complex and layered stories about racial injustice and Blackness in America" from Netflix's original series "Dear White People" to "Malcolm X" and "School Daze."
Hulu is also taking action to "fight against the injustice" and support the Black Lives Matter movement.
The company announced it was shifting the premiere dates for "Love, Victor" and "Taste the Nation," scheduled to run June 17 and June 18, so as not to detract from Juneteenth (June 19), a holiday recognizing the end of slavery.
"The date represents and important turning point for our nation and for human rights, and we believe that now, more than ever, it deserves to have its own day in the spotlight," the tweet read.
Netflix and Hulu's announcements come in the wake of "The Help" trending on Netflix, which people criticized as not being useful.
Many Americans are turning to literature and film to help educate themselves on race and cultural issues, with sales of books on race and racism skyrocketing. But the problem is that "The Help" isn't an authentic look into the perspective and experiences of the racial injustices black people face.
In fact, the 2011 film directed by Tate Taylor, a white man, is based on a 2009 novel written by author Kathryn Stockett, a white woman, that focuses more on the white voices and characters than those of the black domestic workers.
Although critics largely praised "The Help," and the film went on to receive four Oscar nominations – best picture, best actress for Davis and best supporting actress for both Jessica Chastain and Spencer (Spencer won the Academy Award) – the film came under harsh criticism for perpetuating the offensive "Mammy" stereotype for black women.
"Not to say the film isn’t entertaining and may have other benefits, but if I were to pick one film that helps us understand where (black people) are today and what problems we face, that wouldn’t be the one I pick," Darnell Hunt, director of UCLA's Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies, told USA TODAY.
Contributing: Cydney Henderson