Disney is celebrating Black History Month in the UK throughout October, and at the start of the month, Disney+ is launching a collection to shine a light on all aspects of the Black experience – not just the more celebratory stories, but also to highlight how the struggle continues.
New releases include X/onerated (7th October), a profile of Muhammad Abdul Aziz, a man who was wrongfully convicted of Malcolm X’s assassination, and Screen Queen Rises (14th October), which explores black actresses in Hollywood who have become power brokers, as well as the iconic moments and roles that have paved the way for them today.
Here are some details on the new additions coming to Disney+ throughout Black History Month:
X/ONERATED – 7th October
Profile of Muhammad Abdul Aziz, a man who was wrongfully convicted of Malcolm X’s assassination. Featuring the first TV interview with Aziz since his exoneration. The special retraces Malcolm X’s shocking 1965 assassination, Aziz’s decades behind bars and on parole, and the devastating impact on Aziz’s family.
LET THE WORLD SEE – 12th October
This series is a fresh and deep examination of a mother’s fight to bring her son’s body home to Chicago – and her pivotal, yet heart-breaking, decision to have an open-casket funeral for the public to see. Her decision ultimately serves as a turning point for the civil rights movement as she journeys to face her son’s murderers in court.
SCREEN QUEENS RISING – 14th October
Exploring how black actresses, a historically overlooked and under-valued group in Hollywood, have in recent years begun to ascend to the top echelons of entertainment and American culture. The special examines how black actresses of Hollywood have become power brokers and the iconic moments and roles that have paved the way for them today.
The collection looks at black history in film and documentaries, black history now, tales of sporting victory, music and culture. The collection will be evergreen and visible on Disney+ all year round.
Additional Black History Month Collection Titles on Disney+ include:
- LA 92
- Muhammad and Larry
- Jordan Rides the Bus
- Red Tails
- Hidden Figures
- Queen of Katwe
- Cool Runnings
- Serena vs. The Umpire
- Mighty Ruthie
- This Magic Moment
Music and Culture
- Wu-Tang: An American Saga
- The Real Queens of Hip-Hop
- Soprano: Sing or Die
- Summer of Soul
- Black Is King
Previous Black History Month Favourites on Disney+
- Atlanta (3 seasons)
- Abbott Elementary
- Black Panther
- A Wrinkle In Time
- Ruby Bridges
- Red Tails
Will you be checking out any of these titles in October?