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These TV series and movies with Black actors will inspire you or make you laugh!


Check out these TV series and movies with Black actors. Some of them are in theaters now while others will be hitting the big screens or your TV screens soon. You don’t want to be out of the loop while your friends are discussing these shows. The information in this article is as current as the publication date. Readers are encouraged to confirm the information prior to watching. 

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The Sun Is Also a Star
In Theaters May 17
Two teens fall in love over a magical day in New York City. Yara Shahidi’s character is only in the country for one day, and Daniel is determined to make her fall in love with him. The two have crossed paths by fate, but time is against them.


Amazing Grace
Now Playing in Select Theaters
A documentary presenting Aretha Franklin with choir at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles in January 1972.


The Intruder
Now Playing
A psychological thriller about a young married couple (Megan Good and Michael Ealy) who buys a beautiful Napa Valley house on several acres of land only to find that the man they bought it from refuses to let go of the property.


Now Playing
Jordan (Regina Hall) receives the chance to relive the life of her younger self (Marsai Martin), at a point in her life when the pressures of adulthood become too much for her to bear.


The Red Line
CBS – Sundays at 8 p.m.
Three very different Chicago families journey toward hope and healing after a tragedy causes them all to consider how race and racial biases affect their lives.


The Chi
Showtime – Sundays at 10 p.m.
On Chicago’s south side, real dangers threaten daily to squelch dreams, and the simplest decisions can have life or death consequences. This  timely coming-of-age drama series centered on a group of residents who become linked by coincidence but bonded by the need for connection and redemption.


Good Girls
NBC – Sundays at 10 p.m.
Three suburban moms (Retta) get tired of trying to make ends meet and decide to stick up for themselves by robbing the local grocery store. But when the manager catches a glimpse of them and the loot is more than expected, the three best friends realize this will be harder than they think.


The DL Hughley Show
TVOne – Weeknights at 11 p.m.
Unfiltered, unapologetic and unafraid, Comedian and activist DL Hughley talks about everything. 


The Neighborhood
CBS – Mondays at 8 p.m.
This comedy stars Cedric the Entertainer as the friendless guy in the Midwest, that moves his family to a neighborhood in Los Angeles where not everyone looks like him or appreciates his extreme neighborliness. 


The Enemy Within
NBC – Mondays at 10 p.m.
Against every fiber of his being but with nowhere else to turn, FBI Agent Will Keaton (Morris Chestnut) enlists Shepherd to help track down a fiercely dangerous and elusive criminal she knows all too well.


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The Games People Play
BET – Tuesdays, at 10 p.m.
Three ambitious women, one married to a basketball player (Lauren London), one running a gossip column (Karen Obilom) and another an aspiring actress (Parker McKenna) navigate the highly competitive world of professional sports.


The Last O.G.
TBS – Tuesdays at 10 p.m.
Tray (Tracy Morgan) is an ex-con who is shocked to see just how much the world has changed when he is released from prison for good behavior. Returning to his newly gentrified Brooklyn neighborhood, he discovers that his former girlfriend, Shay (Tiffany Haddish), has married an affable, successful white man who is helping raise the twins Tray never knew existed. 


The Perfectionist
Freeform – Wednesdays at 8 p.m.
Everything about the town of Beacon Heights seems perfect, from their top-tier college to their overachieving residents, but nothing is as it appears to be. The stress of needing to be perfect leads to the town’s first murder. Behind every perfectionist (Sydney Park) is a secret, and a needed alibi. 


If Loving You Is Wrong
OWN – Wednesdays at 10 p.m.


CW – Fridays at 8 p.m.
Follows two of America’s wealthiest families (including Sam Adegoke) as they feud for control over their fortune and their children.


The Shop
HBO – Friday at 7 p.m.
HBO Sports collaborates with LeBron James to present the unscripted series of unfiltered conversation and debate with some of the biggest names in sports and entertainment, the show will air periodically throughout the year. Episodes are On-Demand.


L.A.’s Finest
Now on Spectrum On-Demand
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In Theaters May 24
A kindhearted street urchin and a power-hungry Grand Vizier vie for a magic lamp that has the power that holds a Genie (Will Smith) that will make their deepest wishes come true.  


In Theaters May 31
In this new psychological horror-thriller, a lonely woman (Octavia Spencer) befriends a group of teenagers and decides to let them party at her house. Just when the kids think their luck couldn’t get any better, things start happening that make them question the intention of their host.


Tuesday, June 8 on OWN
Lovers, competitors, enemies, traitors, scandal—and that’s just for starters! Check out this new series starring Brian White, Robin Givens and Essence Atkins.  


In Theaters June 14
John Shaft Jr. (Samuel L. Jackson), a cyber security expert with a degree from MIT, enlists his father’s help to uncover the truth behind his best friend’s untimely death.


The Lion King
In Theaters July 19
After the murder of his father, a young lion prince Simba (Donald Glover) flees his kingdom only to learn the true meaning of responsibility and bravery. He also runs into his childhood crush Nala (Beyoncé).


The Fast & The Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw
In Theaters August 2
Lawman Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and outcast Deckard Shaw (Jason Stratham) form an unlikely alliance when cyber-genetic enhanced villain Brixton (Idris Elba) threatens the future of humanity.


Sunday, August 25 on Starz
In the final season, will Ghost (Omari Hardwick) continue to remain blind from his enemies that want to take him down? And will he see those enemies include his brother-in-arms Tommy Egan, who shot his on-again-off-again girlfriend Angela. It will be revealed if she survived. The season will finish with 15 episodes. 


Gemini Man
In Theaters October 4
Looking to exit the world of killing, over-the-hill elite assassin Henry Brogen (Will Smith) is forced to face off against a younger clone of himself, who is able to predict seemingly every move he makes.


In Theaters October 4
Driven insane by the disregard shown toward him by Gotham City’s inhabitants, failed stand-up comedian Arthur Fleck turns to a life of crime: as the Joker. He becomes an icon of fear and, to some, inspiration. Zazie Beets plays Sophie Dumond. 


In Theaters August 14, 2020
Starring Jennifer Hudson, this biopic chronicles the life of Aretha Franklin. 



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  1. Fahrenheit 451 should be on this list along with Trevor Noah…love him or hate him his staying power in spite of the ‘black out’ of black hollywood, should be acknowledged.

  2. Hold up ?? Empire has gotten lamer but it’s still good . But where Star And Insecure at ?? Y’all can’t forget my babies now .

    1. Hi! Thank you so much fort commenting. I will look into Star. Insecure does not return to HBO until 2020. Thanks!

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