Thanks to the good folks over at Netflix’s Strong Black Lead, we have what’s new, Black and on Netflix for you to watch this month. Take a look.
In filmmaker Akin Omotoso's VAYA, the title is a phrase spoken in South African townships meaning “to go.” VAYA takes viewers along on a journey of three young South Africans who travel away from their rural homes on a train bound for Johannesburg. Stirring and suspenseful, the intertwining stories of these naive strangers as they struggle to survive culminates in an explosive moment not soon forgotten. Based on real accounts, VAYA made its World Premiere at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival and garnered Mr. Omotoso the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Director.
The Holiday Calendar-- NETFLIX FILM
In this fun, lighthearted holiday film starring Kat Graham and Quincy Brown, a talented photographer is stuck in a dead-end job and inherits an antique Advent calendar that may be predicting the future -- and pointing her toward love.
Medal of Honor-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
This emotional docudrama tells the stories of Medal of Honor recipients from U.S. military operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam and more. Premiering in time for Veteran’s Day, this docudrama explains the life of Edward Carter Jr., a career noncommissioned officer for the United States Army and one of the only African American recipients of the Medal of Honor during World War II.
Westside-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Westside offers an unscripted and deeply personal glimpse into the journeys of nine young L.A.-based musicians as they follow their dreams. Each episode sheds light on their creative processes and personal struggles, interspersing cinema verité-style documentary footage with beautifully produced music videos featuring original songs.
Prince of Peoria-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
When an easygoing 13-year-old prince goes incognito as a U.S. exchange student, he strikes up an unlikely friendship with a fastidious overachiever. This new series has a Coming to America vibe for the younger set, and stars up-and-comer Theodore Barnes as Teddy.
Motown Magic-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Produced by Smokey Robinson, this is a beautiful animated series about an Imaginative boy named Ben who transforms his city by bringing colorful street art to life, armed with a magic paintbrush -- and the classic sounds of Motown.
The Final Table-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Final Table is a global culinary competition show featuring the world’s most talented chefs fighting for a spot at the elite, Final Table made up of the greatest chefs from around the globe. The series features 12 teams of two chefs from around the world cooking the national dishes of Mexico, Spain, England, Brazil, France, Japan, the U.S., India and Italy. Each episode focuses on a different country and its cuisine, with celebrity ambassadors, food critics and the country’s greatest chef eliminating teams until the finale. In that last episode, only one of our competing chefs will win a place at the Final Table, joining the nine legendary culinary icons -- Enrique Olvera (Mexico), Andoni Aduriz (Spain), Clare Smyth (UK), Helena Rizzo (Brazil), Vineet Bhatia (India), Grant Achatz (US), Carlo Cracco (Italy), Yoshihiro Narisawa (Japan) and Anne-Sophie Pic (France). The series will be presented by Andrew Knowlton, James Beard Award-winning Writer and Editor at Large, Bon Appétit. Created and exec produced by Robin Ashbrook & Yasmin Shackleton. The production company is theoldschool.
Trevor Noah: Son of Patricia-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Trevor Noah gets out from behind the "Daily Show" desk and takes the stage for a stand-up special that touches on racism, immigration, camping and more.