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One thing movie-goers and couch-surfers all have in common is watching something that is worth their time. New TV shows and 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 TV shows and 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.
Based on the story of iconic freedom fighter Harriet Tubman (Cynthia Erivo), her escape from slavery and subsequent missions to free dozens of slaves through the Underground Railroad in the face of growing pre-Civil War adversity.
Black and Blue
A rookie cop (Naomie Harris) inadvertently captures the murder of a young drug dealer on her body cam. After realizing that the murder was committed by corrupt cops, she teams up with the one person from her community who is willing to help her (Tyrese Gibson). She then tries to escape both the criminals and the police who are desperate to destroy the incriminating footage.
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. He becomes the Joker. Now he is an icon of fear and, to some, inspiration. Zazie Beets plays Sophie Dumond.
HBO – Sundays at 9 p.m.
Set in an alternate history where masked vigilantes are treated as outlaws, Watchmen embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel. Watch as they break new ground of their own. This series features Regina King.
All American Season 2
CW – Mondays at 8 p.m.
When a star high school football player from South Central is recruited to play for Beverly Hills High School, two separate worlds collide.
Fox – Mondays at 8 p.m.
Explore the high-pressure experiences of police officers (Angela Bassett), firefighters and dispatchers who are thrown into the most frightening, shocking, and heart-stopping situations. These emergency responders must try to balance saving those who are at their most vulnerable while dealing with problems of their own.
Bob Hearts Abishola
CBS – Mondays at 8:30 p.m.
Enjoy a love story about a middle-aged businessman from Detroit who unexpectedly falls for his cardiac nurse. She is a Nigerian immigrant (Folake Olowofoyeku). Recovering from his heart, Bob sets his sights on winning her over. This is a comedic examination of immigrant life in America.
CBS – Mondays at 9 p.m.
This courthouse drama follows the chaotic and absurd lives of judges, prosecutors, and public defenders. It is tough to get justice for the people of Los Angeles amidst a flawed legal system. Newly appointed Judge Lola Carmichael (Simone Missick), immediately pushes the boundaries and challenges the expectations of what a judge can be.
Black Lightning Season 3
CW – Mondays at 9 p.m.
A crusading school principal gets back into action as the original African-American electrical superhero.
Empire Season 6
Fox – Tuesdays at 9 p.m.
Cookie confronts the truth regarding her and Damon Cross’ relationship. This sends Luscious on a rampage as he works with Andre to make Empire bigger and better than before.
ABC – Tuesdays at 9 p.m.
Rainbow Johnson recounts her experience growing up in a mixed-race family in the ’80s and the constant dilemmas they had to face over whether to assimilate or stay true to themselves.
This Is Us Season 4
NBC – Tuesdays at 9 p.m.
The Pearson family shows chronicles across the decades: from Jack and Rebecca as young parents in the 1980s to their 37-year-old kids, Kevin, Kate and Randall (Sterling K. Brown) searching for love and fulfillment in the present day. This life-affirming dramedy reveals how the tiniest events in our lives impact who we become.
Black-ish Season 6
ABC – Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m.
Andre and Rainbow want to give their kids the best – but they’re realizing childhood is much different these days.
Greenleaf Season 4
OWN – Tuesdays at 10 p.m.
The Calvary Church is now under the control of Harmony and Hope Ministries. Grace is now the leader, but she doesn’t have the support of her family.
BET – Wednesdays at 9 p.m.
Newly-elected U.S. President Hunter Franklin, his wife Victoria (Kron Moore) and family move into the White House. You can only imagine the chaos as he and his family prepare for the Inaugural Ball.
BET – Wednesdays at 10 p.m.
A group of single black females from different walks of life bond over their one common thread: why am I single?
How to Get Away With Murder Season 6
ABC – Thursdays at 10 p.m.
In the final season, the FBI is closing in on Professor Keating and her students for crimes and murders that have been committed. How will the final semester of law school end?
Iyanla: Fix My Life
OWN – Saturdays at 9 p.m.
Iyanla Vanzant is an accomplished author, inspirational speaker, talk show host, and living testament to the value in life’s valleys and the power of acting on faith. Iyanla is back, fixing lives and using her past to help others’ futures.
Queen & Slim
In Theaters November 27
A couple’s first date (Jodie Turner-Smith) and (Daniel Kaluuya) takes an unexpected turn when a police officer pulls them over. After a fight and shots fired, find out who is dead and who is on now on the run.
Dear Santa, I Need A Date
TVOne – December 8 at 7 p.m.
Watch the comedic story of two successful and ambitious siblings Janelle Vaughn and Jason Vaughn (Ray J). Their parents, Mr. Vaughn (Jay DeVon Johnson) and Mrs. Vaughn, are proud of their children’s flourishing careers but are displeased with their dating lives. Every holiday season, the Vaughn’s anxiously prepare for their children to bring home a significant other only to be disappointed. This year, The Vaughn’s apply pressure by expressing their concerns to Jason and Janelle, which sparks a bet between the siblings on who can find a date by Christmas.
Jumanji: The Next Level
In Theaters December 13
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.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
In Theaters December 20
The surviving Resistance faces the First Order once more in the final chapter of the Skywalker saga. This movie stars Lupita Nyong’o.
Starz – January 5 at 8 p.m.
In the final season, will Ghost (Omari Hardwick) continue to remain blind from the 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.
In Theaters January 10, 2020
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.
Bad Boys for Life
In Theaters January 17, 2020
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.
Bird of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn
In Theaters February 7, 2020
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.
In Theaters February 14, 2020
This romantic drama goes through a series of intertwining love stories set in the past and in the present. This movie stars Issa Rae and Lakeith Stanfield.
In Theaters August 14, 2020
Starring Jennifer Hudson, this biopic chronicles the life of Aretha Franklin.
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Marissa Staples, Writer