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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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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.


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On June 17th, 2015, a white supremacist walked into a bible study and murdered nine African Americans. This is the story of the victims and survivors of that night.


The Last Black Man in San Francisco
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Jimmie Fails dreams of reclaiming the Victorian home his grandfather built in the heart of San Francisco. Joined on his quest by his best friend Mont, Jimmie searches for belonging in a rapidly changing city that seems to have left them behind. 


Men in Black: International
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The Men in Black have always protected the Earth from the scum of the universe. In this new adventure, they tackle their biggest threat to date: a mole in the Men in Black organization. Stars Tessa Thompson as “Agent M”.


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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.  


Claws Season 3
TNT – Sundays at 9 p.m.
Claws follows the rise of five diverse and treacherous manicurists working at the Nail Artisan of Manatee County salon, where there is a lot more going on than silk wraps and pedicures. It’s the story of hardworking women trying to get by in this economy, set against the surreal, bright, gritty landscape of Florida and the luscious, absurd, extreme excesses of the crime world.


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


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FX – Tuesdays at 10 p.m.
Pose is a drama spotlighting the legends, icons and ferocious house mothers of New York’s underground ball culture.


OWN – Tuesdays at 10 p.m.
Lovers, competitors, enemies, traitors, scandal—and that’s just for starters! Check out this new series starring Brian White, Robin Givens and Essence Atkins.


Freeform – Wednesdays at 8 p.m.
Zoey, a popular, entitled, stylish and socially active college undergrad quickly discovers that not everything goes her way once she has left the nest.


Queen Sugar Season 4
OWN – Wednesdays at 9 p.m.
T New loves, new struggles and new success surrounds them all. 


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


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.


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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).


A Black Lady Sketch Show
Friday, August 2 on HBO at 11 p.m.
This is a narrative series set in a limitless magical reality full of dynamic, hilarious characters and celebrity guests. The show presents sketches performed by a core cast of black women, including Robin Thede, Ashley Nicole Black, Gabrielle Dennis and Quinta Brunson.


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.


Brian Banks
In Theaters August 9
A football player’s dreams to play in the NFL are halted when he is wrongly convicted and sent to prison. Years later, he fights to clear his name within an unjust system.


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. 


21 Bridges
In Theaters September 27
A disgraced detective (Chadwick Boseman) in the NYPD is given a shot at redemption.


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. 


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.


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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