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10 Movies Dealing With Racial Injustice That All Entrepreneurs Can Learn From

Put these movies on your must-watch list, then dive deeper into the history and context about how they were made. As protests and rallies against racial injustice sweep our country, there is heightened public awareness about racial discrimination and inequality in America. Many people are looking for ways to educate themselves about these issues. As an entrepreneur, it’s imperative that you understand the context behind these flashpoints and absorb the importance of this moment in our history.

But where do you start to fill in your knowledge gaps and broaden your understanding of what’s going on? Movies can be effective in bringing meaningful stories to life and offer an easy way to help us start addressing these complicated issues.

Related: How This Tech CEO Is Leading His Company Through Racial Unrest

These films offer big-picture ideas with key messages, like the importance of diversity, tolerance and acceptance. They provide excellent jumping-off points to further inform yourself and pursue a deeper understanding of these obstacles and problems.

The titles below deal with characters, situations and encounters that delve into prejudice and systemic racial issues, making them great conversation starters. To help you delve deeper into these issues, I’ve included additional resources that will broaden your perspective and further inform your worldview.

1. Just Mercy (2019)

This must-see movie has helped shape the conversation around capital punishment in the U.S. The film highlights the racial bias that permeates our criminal justice system. Based on the bestselling book by attorney Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), and his real-life experiences, this intense drama focuses on Stevenson (Michael B. Jordan), who is a defense attorney working to appeal the wrongful conviction of Walter McMillian, a black man who was sentenced to death for a crime he did not commit.

Deeper dive: Stevenson’s book of the same name goes much deeper into his efforts to change sentencing practices, particularly for teens and children, and those with mental health problems. If you are in the Montgomery, Ala., area, the EJI’s Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice offers visceral and impactful displays of the history of slavery and racism in America, including the enslavement of African Americans, racial lynchings, segregation and racial bias.

2. The Hate U Give (2018)

Although this film is labeled a teen movie, it offers one of the most authentic portrayals of police brutality in pop culture. Like the award-winning book it’s based on, this drama about a black teen named Starr Carter (Amandla Stenberg) who witnesses the fatal police shooting of a close friend deals frankly and powerfully with race and racism. The movie shows her grappling with the difficulties of being a black teenager in a predominantly white area, and the feeling of belonging to one world while living in another. How she stands up for justice is inspiring.

Deeper dive: One character in the movie comments that “white folks want diversity but not too much diversity,” which touches on a subtle bias against living in highly diverse communities or communities that are resistant to organizations’ effort to promote diversity. However, there are many studies that prove the positive impact diversity will have on your office and corporate environment.

3. Hidden Figures (2016)

Focused on the untold true story of the black women who played vital roles in NASA’s development of the U.S. space program, this is a feel-good female empowerment movie. The film highlights three brilliant women who worked at NASA in the 1950s and 60s and offers a realistic look at the racial tensions of the civil rights era. It’s also infused with many positive messages about integrity, perseverance, teamwork and communication.

Deeper dive: The movie is a fictional interpretation of the book by the same name, which is definitely worth a read. There are also many other resources out there that highlight these women and their accomplishments. Check out these articles by NPR and the New York Times.

4. A Raisin in the Sun (1961)

This highly lauded drama follows the Youngers, a black family living together in an apartment in Chicago. Following a death in the family, they come into a substantial amount of money and must decide how to use it. Walter Lee (Sidney Poitier) wants to make a business investment, while his mother, Lena (Claudia McNeil), is intent on buying a house for them all to live in — two differing views of the American Dream. This was one of the first films to really depict how everyday racism affects black families just trying to get by. The film’s story still resonates for many today.

Deeper dive: A Raisin in the Sun not only explores the tension between white and black society; it also examines the strain within the black community over how to react to an oppressive white community. Black communities still face economic disparities, as this Time article relates. The Brooking Institution has resources to help you better understand how racial and regional inequality affect economic opportunity.

5. Boyz n the Hood (1991)

This is a genre-defining film in every sense of the word. The film tells the tale of young black teen Tre (Cuba Gooding Jr.), who is raised in a tough Los Angeles neighborhood in the mid-1980s through early 90s. Legendary rapper Ice Cube has his acting debut in the film, playing one of the three central characters wrapped up in the drama of the streets. Boyz also made John Singleton the first African American to be nominated for best director at the Academy Awards.

Deeper dive: The film’s blistering depiction of growing up in inner-city Los Angeles raises questions about the impacts of growing up in economically challenged areas, which the Economic Policy Institute has examined. If you want to know more about the backstory and what went into the making of Boyz n the Hood, which Singleton directed when he was just 23 years old, watch the documentary Friendly Fire: Making an Urban Legend.

6. Selma (2014)

This Oscar-nominated historical film depicts a significant period in Dr. Martin Luther King’s life, when he planned and led the historic march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., to secure equal voting rights for African Americans. The first attempt at this march led to brutal police violence against peaceful demonstrators. This event, known as Bloody Sunday, generated anger across the nation and prompted President Lyndon B. Johnson to push the Voting Rights Act through Congress.

Deeper dive: As recent events have shown, many Americans are still fighting against racism. This movie is a reminder of how far we have come as a nation and how much further we have to go. The Hutchins Center for African and African American Research recently unveiled a free online curriculum to bring the voting-rights movement to life.

7. Blindspotting (2018)

This movie confronts several issues at once — police violence, gentrification, re-entry after incarceration and, as its name suggests, implicit bias (blindspotting is when a situation can be interpreted two ways, but your limited perception means you only see one interpretation). These are heavy duty, serious topics, but because the film often takes a comedic approach, it’s one of the more accessible movies for viewers.

Written, produced by and starring Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal, the movie depicts Collin, played by Diggs, a black parolee who witnesses a white cop shooting a black civilian. The complications of racism, relationships and urban gentrification in Oakland play out through Collin’s interactions with his short-tempered and reckless white best friend Miles, played by Casal.

Deeper dive: In many ways, the film is asking audiences to examine their own blind spots. It’s a call to action that we all become more aware of our  implicit biases. To help you examine your own implicit biases, Harvard has developed this online test.

8. Loving (2016)

Loving is a biographical film about Richard and Mildred Loving, a couple who were arrested for their interracial marriage in 1958. Their Supreme Court case was a landmark decision that resulted in the end of laws banning interracial marriage, and this movie shows the powerful impact of standing up and fighting for what you believe in.

Deeper dive: While interracial relationships are on the rise, most Americans say that overall race relations in the U.S. are bad and getting worse. And while interracial dating isn’t as taboo as it used to be, many younger people in the black community have been warned that doing so may put you in a vulnerable position.

9. Get Out (2017)

Jordan Peele’s directorial debut turns white supremacy into a horror flick. The film’s premise is what happens when a black man goes to visit his white girlfriend’s seemingly liberal parents, though they have a very twisted underlying motive. The movie is the personification of the sentiment “I wish people loved black people as much as they love black culture.”

Deeper dive: Get Out addresses a more subtle form of covert racism and discrimination, which is often concealed in the fabric of our society, hiding behind the facade of politeness. Fighting this means learning to become an antiracist, and is the topic of a bestselling book by Ibram X. Kendi.

10. Fruitvale Station (2013)

This film tells the true story of Oscar Grant III (Michael B. Jordan), a young man who was killed in 2009 by a police officer in Oakland, Calif. It opens with the actual footage of Grant and his friends being detained by the BART police, who oversee the Bay Area’s public transit system, and goes on to portray the last day of Grant’s life through flashbacks. It offers a window into a real-life example of racial discrimination within law enforcement.

Deeper dive: The film depicts how lack of opportunity, routine incarceration and racism conspire to devalue the lives of young black men in America. Some studies have suggested that increasing community connections between police and young black men could lead to a reduction in violent encounters.

Everything Leaving Netflix in August

Here are the movies and TV shows you should add to your watchlist before they disappear from the video-streaming service. Every month, Netflix adds a ton of new content to its library of films and TV shows. But to make room for the newbies, shows and movies you always wanted to watch — and had in your My List for months or years — suddenly disappear.

That’s because Netflix doesn’t own all the video it streams. The deals it has with networks, production companies and movie studios mean much of that content comes and — unfortunately goes — with startling regularity. So each month, we keep you up to date with the latest list of what’s leaving the service. The full list is below.

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Gone August 1

Skins: Vol. 1-7

Gone August 3

Love (2015)

Paranormal Survivor: Season 1-2

Gone August 7

6 Days

Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer

St. Agatha

Gone August 14

Adventures in Public School

Being AP


Gone August 18

The Incident

Gone August 19

Some Kind of Beautiful

Gone August 20

Bad Rap

Gone August 21

Just Go With It

Gone August 23


Gone August 25

Blue Is the Warmest Color

Gone August 28

Bring It On: Worldwide Showdown

The Wicker Man

Gone August 31

Bad Boys

Bad Boys II


Child’s Play


Failure to Launch

Get Him to the Greek

Groundhog Day

He’s Just Not That Into You

Jerry Maguire

The Karate Kid

The Karate Kid Part II

The Karate Kid Part III

The Lake House

Life as We Know It

Murder Party

Observe and Report

One Day

Public Enemies

Rugrats Go Wild

School Daze


United 93

V for Vendetta

Valentine’s Day

Everything Leaving Netflix in July

Here are the movies and TV shows you should add to your watchlist before they disappear from the video-streaming service. Every month, Netflix adds a ton of new content to its library of films and TV shows. But to make room for the newbies, shows, and movies you always wanted to watch—and had in your My List for months or years—suddenly disappear.

That’s because Netflix doesn’t own all the video it streams. The deals it has with networks, production companies, and movie studios mean much of that content comes and—unfortunately goes—with startling regularity. So each month, we keep you up to date with the latest list of what’s leaving the service. Let’s start with a peek at our top choices for what you should view immediately. The full list is below.

Gone July 4

Blue Valentine

Gone July 5

The Fosters: Season 1-5

The Iron Lady

Gone July 8

Solo: A Star Wars Story

Gone July 9

47 Metres Down

Gone July 11

A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III

The Adderall Diaries


Ginger & Rosa


The Spectacular Now

Under the Skin

Gone July 12

Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain

Gone July 15

Forks Over Knives

Gone July 18

A Most Violent Year


Life After Beth

Obvious Child



Gone July 21


Inglourious Basterds

Gone July 25

Dark Places

Ex Machina

Mississippi Grind

Gone July 26

Country Strong

Gone July 28

Ant-Man and the Wasp


Gone July 29

The Incredibles 2

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Gone July 31

Back to the Future

Back to the Future Part II

Back to the Future Part III

Can’t Hardly Wait


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Chernobyl Diaries

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

Freedom Writers


Guess Who




Jarhead 2: Field of Fire

Jarhead 3: The Siege

Open Season

QB1: Beyond the Lights: Season 1

Resident Evil: Extinction

Romeo Must Die


Scary Movie 2

Searching for Sugar Man

Sex and the City 2

Stuart Little

The Edge of Seventeen

The Interview

The Pianist

The Pursuit of Happyness


Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Best Movies All Entrepreneurs Should Watch on Hulu

The surprising lessons you can learn from 10 of Hulu’s best movies. As an entrepreneur, you’re constantly in need of inspiration and motivation to keep building your dream. We all know that books are a great way to fuel that fire, but when you’re in a need of a brain break, a good movie may be the next best thing.

When you’re feeling burnt out, movies can stimulate your mind and give you a boost of motivation and creativity. Pick the right movies to watch and you’ll broaden your horizons as you relax on your couch.

Related: 18 Movies Every Entrepreneur Should Watch

Here’s a list of the 10 best films available on Hulu that will offer some interesting ideas to chew on as you relax.

1. Parasite

Parasite is a tale of two families in a symbiotic relationship. The Kims are a poverty-stricken family who cunningly place themselves in the service of the Parks, an obscenely wealthy household who have been unknowingly harboring strangers in their basement for years.

Key points: Parasite can be seen as a fable about economic equality, but if there is one lesson to take away, it’s that money doesn’t make you immune to misery.

2. Lord of War

This action-packed war-crime film chronicles the life of Yuri Orlov (Nicolas Cage), an immigrant from Ukraine who decides his route to success is through the illegal gun trade. Although incredibly violent, the movie does offer valuable moral lessons about a conflicted man who ultimately faces the consequences of his actions.

Key points: Yuri’s ambition, tenacity and ability to tolerate risk demonstrate the qualities entrepreneurs need to succeed. The movie also covers growth hacking, building customer loyalty and negotiation techniques — all great lessons for anyone launching their own business venture.

3. Up in the Air

This is the story of Ryan Bingham (played by George Clooney), who travels around the country for his job, which involves laying off people at other companies. However, the company is trying to reduce expenditures and downsize its travel budget. Enter Natalie Keener (played by Anna Kendrick), a young, fresh employee who comes in with plans to revolutionize the business model by relying solely on technology.

Key points: Before you can improve something, you need to understand the entire process and the existing systems that are in place. This movie offers lessons in listening to your employees working in the field before making big decisions.

4. Public Figure

Public Figure is a documentary that investigates the lives of influencers (public figures on social media platforms) from around the world, as well as the psychological and addictive effects of social media in our society. The film features many of the internet’s most recognizable faces. It examines the everyday lives of influencers and how they deal with fame, money, hate and obsession. Chronicling the evolution of social media influencers, the film looks at how they’ve converted their everyday lives into bona fide riches by sharing their experiences with hordes of online followers.

Key points: As this documentary points out, an estimated 210 million people suffer from internet and social media addictions. The influencer lifestyle can be lucrative, but it also comes at a deep psychological cost.

5. Fighting with My Family

Based on a true story, Fighting with My Family is centered on Paige Bevis, the teenage daughter of a working-class family that runs its own hardscrabble wrestling league in a rundown area of England. The family dreams of sending Paige and her brother, Zak, to the U.S. to wrestle with WWE. Starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, the movie is not only comical and entertaining but also offers a strong lesson about the importance of hard work, forgiveness and teamwork.

Key points: Even if you aren’t a fan of professional wrestling, you’ll appreciate the movie’s theme of following one’s dreams while retaining one’s identity and balancing the needs of family.

6. Hitch

Hitch is a romantic comedy starring Will Smith. He plays dating coach Alex Hitchens, who aids his clients in sweeping the women of their dreams off their feet. As Hitch reminds his clients, you have to listen and respond to someone if you hope to build a relationship with them.

Key points: Because marketing is a bit like dating, it stands to reason that Hitch might teach entrepreneurs a thing or two about sales. As an entrepreneur, it’s your job to listen to your customers and translate their pain points into a product that fits — and exceeds — their needs. Also, as Hitch points out in the movie, nonverbal communication is key. Potential clients will hear your words but will also listen to your tone and observe your body language.

7. Fyre Fraud

Hulu’s documentary on the infamous Fyre Festival takes you inside the 2017 influencer scam and features an exclusive interview with Billy McFarland, the festival’s founder and CEO, who defrauded investors out of $24.7 million and got sentenced to six years in prison.

Key points: From the get-go, Fyre Festival was marketed on false promises. Instead of first working out the logistics of the festival, its organizers focused on hiring mega influencers to promote an event that was little more than a pipe dream. Having the most popular influencers promoting your brand, it turns out, isn’t what will make your company a success.

8. The Greatest Showman

The Greatest Showman brings to the big screen the spectacle of P.T. Barnum’s life. The famous 19th-century entrepreneur dabbled in everything from publishing a newspaper to running a museum. P.T. Barnum (played by Hugh Jackman) is a man with a vision, determined to do whatever it takes to see his dream come true. In the end, he found success with the famous Barnum & Bailey Circus.

Key points: Barnum was a controversial figure, but he’s remembered for his entrepreneurial spirit and business acumen. Above all, he believed in hard work and was determined to make a better life for himself and his family. But he was also open to input from others, and he learned from his mistakes and adapted when his first ventures failed.

9. Hidden Figures

This movie tells the story of three African American women in the 1960s who worked as mathematicians at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va. It’s an inspiring and moving story of their fight against prejudice and discrimination in an America that was still segregated.

Key points: This is a story about empowerment, about women who overcome steep barriers and not only succeed but become heroes. The deeper lesson is the importance of striving to be more inclusive, as this will ultimately give us access to a greater talent pool.

10. The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley

This documentary follows the story of Elizabeth Holmes, founder of Theranos, a blood-testing startup business. She led the public to believe that her device, the Edison, could perform dozens of blood tests with a single finger prick. She was later criminally charged because it was all a lie.

Key points: Entrepreneurs can learn from the way Holmes used her storytelling to masterfully draw investors to back her. But she also refused to listen to anyone who questioned her practices. Successful entrepreneurs listen to feedback and encourage open and thoughtful dialogue.

Movies on Netflix All Entrepreneurs Should Watch

These films will both entertain and educate. Like anyone else, entrepreneurs need a night off now and again. And what better way to veg out than a night of binge-watching Netflix? But even an evening of playing couch potato can lead to a lightning bolt of inspiration if you watch the right things.

Spend a little time recharging your batteries and get reinvigorated with these seven insightful movies on Netflix.

1. Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened

This Netflix-produced documentary is about the infamous failed attempt to hold a music festival in 2017 in the Bahamas. It focuses on the disastrous build-up to the event, which was supposed to be a glittering three-day luxury festival, but in reality was a hellish and ghastly experience for the people who paid thousands to attend. Slick videos featuring influencers were key to helping Fyre Fest sell 5,000 tickets, but as the movie shows, there was absolutely no plan to follow through on the experiences the videos were promoting.

Related: 13 Must-Watch Movies for Aspiring Entrepreneurs

The film offers some important lessons for entrepreneurs, in particular anyone interested in using influencer marketing as a way to quickly grow your company. You can hire the most popular celebrities and influencers to promote your brand, but that’s not what will make your company a success. Make sure you set expectations you can actually attain and, most of all, provide customers with a satisfactory experience.

2. The Pursuit of Happyness

Based on Chris Gardner‘s heart-wrenching “rags to riches” memoir, The Pursuit of Happyness is about winning the fight against all odds while staying true to your inner compass. The story details Gardner’s nearly one-year struggle with homelessness while raising his young son and pursuing an unpaid internship as a stockbroker. At times, he had to resort to sleeping in a subway bathroom, while struggling to sell medical bone-density scanners for income. It has been decades since this film was released, and yet the subject is still relevant today.

What should we learn from this movie? We all face moments of desperation (although most of us are lucky enough to never face the extreme hardships Gardner had to overcome). But no matter how bad things get, you have to keep moving forward and believing in your dream.

3. Yes Man

The basic premise of Yes Man is simple: Say yes to everything in life. That’s because life, with all of its chaos, danger and fun, is meant to be fully embraced. In the film, Carl Allen is a man who basically lives to say no to everything. Completely stuck in a negative mindset, Carl attends a self-help conference based on the concept of saying yes to any question thrown his way.

What happens next is the result of Carl saying yes to every opportunity — which of course is insane and a lot of fun. In the end, Carl realizes he’s taken the “yes” exercise a little too far, but he’s changed for the better.

The moral of the story: Seize the day, enjoy life, have fun and say yes whenever possible. This movie is lighthearted, full of laughs and has a great inspirational message. It’s a reminder to seek a balance between saying yes and saying no when opportunities come our way.

4. The Theory of Everything

The late Stephen Hawking was one of the most brilliant and influential scientists of our time. But as well as harboring an exemplary scientific mind, he was an extraordinary man. Hawking was a fighter who overcame what was supposed to be a fatal case of ALS (or Lou Gehrig’s disease) and went on to live a full and accomplished life. He was given no more than two or three years to live when he was diagnosed in 1964, but the disease progressed more slowly than expected.

However, Hawking was confined to a wheelchair for much of his life, and as his condition worsened, he had to resort to speaking through a voice synthesizer and communicating by moving his eyebrows.

Key takeaways: Never stop asking questions. Hawking let nothing hold him back or keep him from his goal of creating something great out of his life. He proved time and again that life can give us great things if we are brave enough to dream, believe and work hard. If you love a great story of persistence and grit, don’t pass this up.

5. Steve Jobs

From the very beginning of this biographical movie, it’s clear that Steve Jobs was not about to follow the well-trodden path to success. The film is in three parts, each focused on the time period immediately prior to the launch of a key product.

These scenes offer crucial insights into not only Job’s professional development, but also his often strained personal life. Jobs was a brilliant man who gravitated toward those who shared his obsessions. But, as the movie shows, he was not always good at playing well with others.

Some crucial insights offered by the movie: What Steve Jobs lacked in skills, he made up for in vision. He wasn’t a computer coder, a marketer or an engineer, yet without him, Apple would not exist. He didn’t care about being liked, and he didn’t let himself get bogged down by outmoded paradigms. He had a vision of affordable computing for all, and he let nothing stand in the way of accomplishing that goal.

6. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

This Netflix original is based on the true story of a boy who saved his town from famine by constructing a windmill to provide water and electricity.

William Kamkwamba was an adolescent when he was forced to drop out of school in Malawi because his family couldn’t afford the school fees. As drought, deforestation, flood and famine hit his village, he began to search for a solution. He borrowed books from his former school’s library, and in them he learned about wind turbines. At its heart, this is a story of incredible innovation.

What can entrepreneurs learn from this story? Necessity is the mother of invention, and knowledge is power. Also, every venture comes with inherent risk, but every risk creates new opportunities. The key is that you must not let your doubts hold you back. Even in failure, there are lessons to be learned and new goals to move on to.

7. Inception

This is one of those compelling sci-fi psychodramas that will have you pondering the influence of the subconscious over our waking lives and what reality really means. In the movie, Dom Cobb is a thief with the ability to enter people’s dreams and steal their secrets from their subconscious, a hot commodity in the world of corporate espionage.

He is offered a chance to have his criminal history erased if he uses “inception” to implant another person’s idea into his target’s subconscious. However, as Cobb is well aware, the subconscious mind will repel the attempts of inception, especially if that planted idea isn’t authentic. The plot explores the idea of “dream-sharing,” connecting with others on a much deeper level, and being able to tap into someone’s core beliefs.

Viewed from the standpoint of a professional marketer, Inception has several important insights. For one, every startup that is attempting to raise money from investors is essentially trying to sell a dream and hoping to get investors to see that dream as their own. Successful marketing is also based on the idea of a well-crafted, authentic message that resonates with a targeted audience. Done correctly, “inception marketing” exerts a subtle influence on the audience, so it feels natural, almost like it was their own idea.