International Women's Day was created to commemorate the accomplishments of women globally and the social, economic, cultural and political intersections that inform their identities. This specific holiday not only celebrates the diversity of all women but brings awareness to the importance of uplifting them no matter where they came from. From the pages of historical books to those ordinary folks doing their best every day, women everywhere make this world a better place.

Here are several documentaries about Black women who have cemented their place in history on their own terms.

Zora Neale Hurston: Claiming A Space

Zora Neale Hurston was ahead of her time and went many decades without receiving her just due in her time. Filmmaker Tracy Heather Strain brings her story to life through personal reflections and intimate written recollections from the famed author.


Michelle Obama entered our hearts as First Lady of the United States. Since then, she has shared her truest self with the world and worked to better the community through sharing wisdom sourced from her lived experience.

What Happened, Miss Simone?

Nina Simone is one of the most prolific voices of the 20th century. This film explores her musical gifts, the public perception of her and her innermost truths.

Free Angela and All Political Prisoners

Due to her belief in Black liberation and social activism, Angela Davis ended upon the FBI's most wanted list. This documentary chronicles her imprisonment which inspired a global movement.


Beyoncé is lauded for many things, one of those being her dynamic work ethic. Homecoming provides an in-depth look at one of the most iconic and groundbreaking performances of her career.

Beah: A Black Woman Speaks

Beah Richards was an actress who stayed true to her heritage to get the visibility she needed at a time where there was none. Nominated for an Academy Award for her role in Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, this film profiles her journey and life after the notable performance.

Love, Lizzo

After years of hard work, Lizzo is getting well-deserved shine. Love, Lizzo explores her life up until her commercial breakthrough moment in pop culture.