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One thing movie-goers and couch-surfers all have in common is watching something that is worth their time. New movies with African American actors and actresses are making their debut on the small and big screens every month. Don’t be out of the loop with your friends!
Below are current movies with famous Black actors in lead roles. Genres include true crime, comedy, drama, suspense, action and more! Plus, see what you can look forward to watching in the coming months.
*The information in this article is as current as of the publication date. Readers are encouraged to confirm the show or movie prior to watching.
In the 1960s two African-American entrepreneurs hire a working-class white man to pretend to be the head of their business empire while they pose as a janitor and chauffeur. Leads are Anthony Macke and Samuel L. Jackson.
Bird of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn
After splitting with the Joker, Harley Quinn joins superheroes Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell), Huntress and Renee Montoya to save a young girl from an evil crime lord.
Set against the backdrop of a changing Harlem landscape, when seventeen year old Ayanna (Zora Howard) meets handsome and mysterious outsider Isaiah (Joshua Boone), her entire world is turned upside down on her path towards self-discovery as she travails the rigorous terrain of young love the summer before she leaves for college.
The Invisible Man
When Cecilia’s abusive ex takes his own life and leaves her his fortune, she suspects his death was a hoax. As a series of coincidences turn lethal, Cecilia works to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see. Movies features Aldis Hodge.
Bad Boys for Life
Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) is now a police inspector and Mike Lowery (Will Smith) is in a midlife crisis. They unite again when an Albanian mercenary, whose brother they killed, promises them an important bonus.
Just Mercy shadows world-renowned civil rights defense attorney Bryan Stevenson (Michael B. Jordan). He recounts his experiences and details the case of a condemned death row prisoner whom he fought to free.
Jumanji: The Next Level
A team of friends return to Jumanji to rescue one of their own but discover that nothing is as they expect. The players need to brave parts unknown, from arid deserts to snowy mountains, in order to escape the world’s most dangerous game.
In Theaters April 3
A young couple (Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani) is pulled into a bizarre (and hilarious) murder mystery. Working to clear their names and solve the case, they need to figure out how they, and their relationship, can survive the night.
Spiral: From the Book of Saw
In Theaters May 15
Brash detective (Chris Rock) and his rookie partner investigate grisly crime scenes that ring familiar to the city’s gruesome past. The detective calls for a veteran investigator (Samuel L. Jackson) to help him figure out the case.
In Theaters June 12
A “spiritual sequel” to the 1992 horror film ‘Candyman’ that returns to the now-gentrified Chicago neighborhood where the legend began. This film features Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Teyonah Parris.
In Theaters August 14
Starring Jennifer Hudson, this biopic chronicles the life of Aretha Franklin.
In Theaters 2020
New York City police officers lives collide in interweaving stories of race, rank, loss, and betrayal. This film stars Ice-T, Anthony ‘Treach’ Criss, Hassan Johnson and more.
Did we miss any movies coming to theaters? Please let us know in the comments or contact us at The Voice of Black Cincinnati so we can add them.
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Marissa Staples, Writer