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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 Upside
Now Playing
A comedic look at the relationship between a wealthy man with quadriplegia and an unemployed man (Kevin Hart) with a criminal record who’s hired to help him.


Escape Room
Now Playing
Featuring Taylor Russell and Jay Ellis, this movie is a psychological thriller about six strangers who find themselves in circumstances beyond their control and must use their wits to find the clues or die.


If Beale Street Could Talk
Now Playing
A woman in Harlem desperately scrambles to prove her fiancé innocent of a crime while carrying their first child. This movies features KiKi Layne, Stephan James and Regina King.


Say Her Name: The Life and Death Of Sandra Bland
HBO GO and HBO Now
This documentary explores the death of Sandra Bland, a politically active 28-year-old African American who, after being arrested for a traffic violation in a small Texas town, was found hanging in her jail cell three days later.

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True Detective
HBO – Sundays at 9 p.m.
Touch darkness and darkness touches you back. This searing series of troubled cops and the investigations that drive them to the edge. Seaso3 n features a new cast including Mahershala Ali and a new case.


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. 


Freeform – Wednesdays at 8 p.m.
Zoey Johnson (Yara Shahidi) is in college navigating her way through the independence of adulthood. 


Surviving R. Kelly
Lifetime – On Demand and HULU
In the ground-breaking documentary series, women are emerging from the shadows and uniting their voices to share their stories. RnB singer Sparkle, talk-show host and former DJ Wendy Williams, ex-wife Andrea Kelly, ex-girlfriend Kitti Jones, brothers Carey and Bruce Kelly are included in these interviews. 

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How to Get Away With Murder
Thursday, January 17 at 10 p.m. on ABC
Professor Keating (Viola Davis) new student finally reveals who he really is. Is he here for revenge? Also, Nate (Billy Brown) finds out who helped have his father killed and he gets his own revenge.


In Theaters January 18
A security guard uses his supernatural abilities to track a disturbed man who has twenty-four personalities. Patients, including Mr. Glass (Samuel L. Jackson) plan to escape to show the world they exist. 


American Soul
Tuesday, February 5  at 9 p.m. on BET
Dive deep into the making of Love, Peace and SOOUUULLLL! Learn what it took to get this memorable show on the air. 


What Men Want
In Theaters February 8
A woman (Taraji P. Henson) is boxed out by the male sports agents in her profession but gains an unexpected edge over them when she develops the ability to hear their thoughts.


The Enemy Within
Monday, February 25 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.


In Theaters March 15
A mother (Lupita Nyong’o) and father (Winston Duke) take their kids to their beach house, expecting to enjoy time with friends, but their serenity turns to tension and chaos when some visitors arrive uninvited.


In Theaters April 12
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.


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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.

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