Yesha Callahan

Here’s Your First Look At Netflix’s Melaninated New Series ‘The Get Down’


Remember when we argued that Netflix owes Black folks a series because we made “Netflix and chill” a thing? Well, looks like our prayers have been answered.

Wednesday, the streaming service rolled out the first trailer for its new dramatic series, “The Get Down,” and it’s full of melanin!

Set in New York City in the 1970s, “The Get Down” follows the lives and music of a group of teens from South Bronx just as hip hop was beginning. According to Netflix, the series “is a mythic saga of the transformation of 1970s New York City.”

“The Get Down” stars a host of newcomers, including Justice Smith, Shameik Moore, Skylan Brooks, Tremaine Brown, Jr., Herizen Guardiola, Yahya Abdul-Mateen, and even Jaden Smith.

“The Get Down” will hit Netflix later this year, but check out the first trailer below.

  1. January 7, 2016 - Reply

    Nice. I can’t wait to check it out. Netflix didn’t have good streaming anymore but they do make nice series and movies. Narcos was the best thus far.

  2. January 7, 2016 - Reply

    Netflix and Chill should not be something black people should be proud off. It’s from Baz Lurhmann his stuff is amazing visually and this looks the a part among his works. I’m not sure I’m feeling the light skin characters being the centre of attention as usual, but we will see in the first episode, but it visually it looks good. I’m not going to be heralding this as something black people should watch yet as I’m not sure, just look at Empire for an example, starts off good then out comes the harmful stereotypes. I’m just not going to hold my breath. here’s to it not being the “Let Down”.

  3. January 7, 2016 - Reply

    Interesting but again another portrayal of colourism, two light skins being the main characters, especially the female lead and her having a dark-skin best friend, as it seems, its just the usual as always *rolls eyes*.

  4. January 7, 2016 - Reply

    It has a lot of imagery. First, this series should cause people to research the time. New York City around this time experienced the bankruptcy of the early 1970’s. Deindustrialization (back in the 1940’s, there were over 1 million manufacturing jobs in NYC) harmed many neighborhoods in New York City including areas of the Bronx.

    There was the rise of neoliberalism and poor communities were neglected. Hip hop was created in the Bronx (whose name has a Dutch origin as Dutch explorers visited NYC centuries ago not just by the British) in part by the working class and the poor, so they can express themselves in the midst of exploitation and oppression by the powers that be. Back in the day, black and brown people had a huge involvement in hip hop from break dancing to DJing. Some people don’t know that a lot of Black and Hispanic people do live in the Bronx back then and today. That is why I wasn’t surprised to see Black and Brown people in the Netflix series. There should be discussions about colorism as colorism is totally evil. Kool Herc was the architect of modern day hip hop from the Bronx. As we know, mainstream hip hop has very much regressed from its original state. We shall see what this series will go. Regardless if people like the series or not, this series should inspire people to research the history of New York City during that time period. We want black people to prosper in a high level. Also, our black culture is timeless, beautiful, and it will exist forever more.

  5. January 8, 2016 - Reply

    While I’m happy that Netflix has created a series with POC, I wish that it was set in the modern day and that it didn’t showcase us mainly singing and dancing (or playing sports) to get out of the hood. It’d be nice to have a show that presents black people with all their complexities just like white people get to do.

    • January 8, 2016 - Reply


      I agree. I would love to see a series on the same level as House of Cards. Something written with complex characters and story arcs starring black actors.

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  6. January 8, 2016 - Reply

    Dazzling visuals but as one poster mentioned it Baz Lurhman he goes for the big popping colors and the all over the place sounds and loud music and dancing. I think that’s why I couldn’t watch Great Gatsby it felt like an assault on my eyes and ears. Strangely I actually liked Moulin Rouge.

  7. January 8, 2016 - Reply

    So it’s the 70’s disco and looks like the early stages of HipHop are being birthed. Looks like a mashup of Saturday Night Fever and Fame. Hmmm……. I’m not sure what to make of it. I will check it out though.

  8. January 8, 2016 - Reply

    Can we get a show that’s not about the past or about hip hop music?? There’s more to African Americans than the past and hip hop. Hip hop doesn’t interest me so I won’t be tuning in.

  9. January 15, 2016 - Reply

    Nah, I’ll pass, and watch “Suits” instead.

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