Hello, hello, I’m going to cap off the BWiF Series.
I don’t know if you are aware of my stance on television and media in itself. But I wrote briefly about it in my post title: Bombarded By the Media? Turn it off.
But for those black women who may be looking for a bit of entertainment or just aren’t ready to cut the cord on their television/ cable , I have a few suggestions of non offensive media that black women can enjoy.
Note that this is a somewhat short list but if anyone has any movies, books, television shows, etc that black women can enjoy that I have not mentioned please and truly mean please leave a comment below. I hope to make this list more complete as time goes on.
For now here is my short list of suggestions for entertainment.
Reality Television: The best time of reality television is the type that is actually real. By this I mean documentaries. There are literally hundreds of documentaries on YouTube and Hulu for free on a number of different topics ranging from animals to people, to history. If you’re looking for a bit of education with your entertainment this is for you. I love learning about new things and some of the stuff (like the videos I’ve linked below) are absolutely fascinating.
There are channels like the Smithsonian channel or National Geographic Channel and even all hulu all you have to do is search for the type of documentary you want and it will bring up plenty of documentaries to watch. If you subscribe to Hulu Plus or Netflix you’ll get even more.
Finding that traditional books don’t give you enough? Or want to read a book that is geared towards black women without what BWE writers call “pain porn”. There are thousands of independently published books on Amazon Kindle that are wonderful. These books are written by black women. I’ve read some of these books and they are very good quality. ( If you have an Ipad I’m pretty sure there is a Kindle App for Apple products.)
Books like the one below are supposed to be very good and Kindle gives black women entertainment to read while it gives the author a platform that might otherwise be closed off.(Note the book below is by a published author but there are plenty of books on there from Amazon Independent Publishers. Read this link below. By Interracial Intersection that gives the rundown on these books. Note I haven’t read this book that I linked below but it seemed interesting. If readers don’t find the book suitable I will take the link down and put something else up.
Want to watch movies with black women on Youtube. There are many foreign films that have been put on Youtube that have black women in them. Nigeria has its own movie production similar to Hollywood. Many of these films have been put on YouTube to watch for free. If you search ‘Nigerian movies” on YouTube there are many different movies that pop up.
Foreign Films Part Deux: Want to brush up on a different language? I have noticed that there are also many different foreign films (French, Spanish, South Korean, Bollywood, etc) on YouTube. On YouTube many of them are free and if you have Amazon Prime a lot of them are free also. My sister and I watched a very amusing Bollywood movie only a few days ago. Netflix, I’ve seen has a pretty good selection and the monthly subscription to stream isn’t that much. Or check at your local library for these foreign films. You’d be surprised how many there are. I speak some French and there are many movies that I can rent from the library. Not only can I practice the language but it’s entertaining too. This classic Bollywood movie below is only an example of the type of movies you can watch. It’s a very romantic movie so if you like those type of movies it’s a plus.
Antique Movies: While these older movie may not feature black women, they are very entertaining and they are non offensive. There are plenty of classic movies that are great movies like the movie His Girl Friday which I’ve put a clip in. If you like these type of movies again there are many of them on Youtube or Netflix to watch.
YouTube Shows: Because YouTube has given many people opportunities of their own there are shows now on their that you can watch.
Awkward black girl isn’t the only one either. This show “The Unwritten Rules” is on YouTube. I haven’t had time to see it yet but some people have said it is good. ( Note if you think that this show is unsuitable or offensive please let me know and I will remove the link.
Magazines: After the both Messence and Ebony a scar on black women and magazines there I have noted that there are a few online magazines that black women would enjoy. No I wouldn’t insult you by including Clutch or Madame Noire. The two online magazines below seem promising.
Beauty: You may notice that I’m *totes* fangirling for YouTube in this post but I have found a lot of what I’m looking on their simply because of how many videos of different types have been uploaded. If you want beauty tips for black women there are *hundreds* of sites that focus on this like the woman below who focuses on hair. I think she’s amazing There are two other girls who are also very good.
Music: Rap and Hip Hop has pretty much left millions of black women reeling. But there are many different Genres to enjoy.
- Classical: Entertaining, fun, relaxing and non offensive. Non suggestive and non sexual
- NYGF approved singers like Jonelle Monae, Kiesha Cole and Melanie Fiona if you like that type. ( I haven’t listened to all of their songs if you think any of them are offensive or should be taken off the approved list or know someone who should be approved, please leave a comment)
- Oldies: If you want to listen to *actual* music there are classic songs that you can listen to. ( aside from todays pop and rock) I especially love listening to doo wop. Like this song by The Shirelles that is one of my favorites. There are thousands of these and not only are they lovely but they are also non offensive.
In conclusion this is on the tip of the Iceberg for black women who want to enjoy alternative less offensive media. As I said before this list is non conclusive but I think from the variety of different things to watch you can see that black women *don’t have* to watch stuff that makes them look bad and can enjoy other stuff. As always I welcome add ons.
This is the end of my BWiF series. If you have not read it before the other links are below.
Until Next Time,