For the past several weeks, the coronavirus pandemic of 2020 has taken a back seat to Black Lives Matter protests after the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd. These killings – followed by protests – occur every five years or so, but this year the protests are having a different impact.
While looking for some background noise to work to, I logged into Amazon Prime and found a new category: “Black History, Hardship & Hope”. Amazon curated a collection of documentaries and biopics about the black experience in America. This collection goes beyond the civil rights movement, however. It includes topics from the justice system & gentrification, to transgender & gay rights in the black community.
It cannot go without comment that Disney+ and Hulu have not similarly adjusted or added new titles to their content. Netflix, on the other hand, has recently added a Black Lives Matter collection. Still, why should the other services make me search for that content at a time like this?
I applaud Amazon for providing this content to its Prime Members; for putting it front and center on their platform. However, they still have some work to do as it pertains to their employment practices…but that is a conversation for another day. For now, along with their recent large donation, I’d like to see Amazon do the following:
- Make this category permanent with a rotating collection.
- Host webinars for independent creators to learn how they can have their work published on the platform.
- Create similar categories for other under-represented & marginalized communities.
That being said, some of the titles I’m looking forward to viewing are:
The Uncomfortable Truth
I Am Not Your Negro
The Last Black Man in San Francisco
All of the content Amazon curated is from the 21st century and is free to all Amazon Prime members.