Netflix’s Black Stars Recreate Iconic ‘A Great Day In Harlem’ Photo

A Great Day In Hollywood

Photo Credit: Kwaku Alston/Netflix

Netflix has just given us our lives with its recreation of the iconic “A Great Day In Harlem” photo which originally featured nearly 60 jazz greats posed up in front of a Harlem brownstone.

Forty-seven of Netflix’s phenomenal Black talent from 20-plus original shows, films and documentaries came together to create the photo A Great Day in Hollywood, inspired by the iconic 1958 photo A Great Day in Harlem.

In homage, 47 of Nextflix’s top Black producers, actors and creatives from more than 20 of its original series, films and documentaries gathered to create “A Great Day In Hollywood.”

Lensed by Kwaku Alston, the photo captures the likes of Ava Duvernay, Spike Lee, Alfre Woodard, Nia Long, Lena Waithe and more. The streaming giant also released a 60-second video directed by Lacey Duke and narrated by Stranger Things’ Caleb McLaughlin which premiered during the BET Awards Sunday night.

“It was a pretty magical couple of hours,” said Lacey in a press statement. “All these amazingly talented, beautiful individuals in one space being supportive and just looking stunning together, all here to pull off this one-take wonder!.”

Lacey added that Luke Cage actress Alfre Woodard “even led everyone in an epic rendition of national Black anthem Lift Every Voice before the shoot began.

“It was beautiful, and in a flash, it was over,” she said. “It was probably the most overwhelming two hours of my career. I was just so happy to be a part of history.”

Press play below to watch the celebration of Blackness.

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