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7 Series on Netflix Starring People of Color


The boredom of quarantine is slowly creeping in, and if you are looking for quality Netflix suggestions with POC then look no further.  The curated list below showcases seven different series where people of color shine in the leading role. 

  1. All American: 

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This series chronicles a high school football star named Spencer James who transfers from South Crenshaw Highschool to Beverly Hills High school, in hopes of gaining even more notoriety and success.  The series is inspired by the true story of Spencer Paysinger.  

2. Black Lightning: 

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High School principal Jefferson Pierce is forced to revert back to his superhero ways after a lengthy hiatus. In order to fight off a multitude of vigilantes and of course to protect his family. 

3. How to Get Away With Murder:

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Written by Shonda Rhymes How to Get Away With Murder stars Viola Davis, who plays a law school professor. She is dedicated to giving her students hands-on experience even if that means covering up their messes. 


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The thriller of a series exemplifies the complexities of the cocaine trade and the effects it has had on the entire globe. Roughly based on the experiences of Pablo Escabar played by Wagner Moura, it will keep you on the edge of your seat. 

5. Self Made:

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The wonderful story of Madam C.J. Walker played by Octavia Spencer is chronicled throughout the short series. The series dives deep into Madam C.J. Walker's highs and lows of her career, showing the struggles of Black female entrepreneurship. 

6. Quantico:

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Alex Parrish played by Priyanka Chopra, a recent graduate from the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia is accused of the unthinkable. While she was top in her class at Quantico she quickly became the FBI's prime suspect. 

7 . WU Assassin:

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After Kai, played by Iko Uwais, encounters a mythical spirit he becomes the WU Assassin. The action-packed series follows his frightening encounters with people who envy his status, and want to challenge him. 

These listed series along with others on Netflix, provides multi-dimensional characters, storylines, and themes allowing characters to be seen as more than stereotypes.

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