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.
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In Theaters November 9
In another adaptation of the original, a grumpy Grinch plots to ruin Christmas for the village of Whoville. The smooth narrator you hear is Pharrell Williams. You will also hear Kenan Thompson. The soundtrack is provided by Tyler the Creator.
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
A young girl is transported into a magical world of gingerbread soldiers led by Jayden Fowora-Knight and an army of mice. The four realms include snow, flowers sweets and the dark side. Misty Copeland dazzles in a ballerina performance. Morgan Freeman plays Drosselmeyer.
The Hate U Give
Starr (Amandla Stenberg) witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil (Algee Smith) at the hands of a police officer. Now, facing pressures from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what’s right.
God Friended Me
CBS – Sundays at 8 p.m.
This humorous, uplifting drama is about an outspoken atheist (Brandon Michael Hall) whose life is turned upside down when he receives a friend request on social media from God and unwittingly becomes an agent of change in the lives and destinies of others around him.
Fox – Sundays at 8:30 p.m.
This successful, hardworking father and husband (Lil Rel Howery) life is perfectly on track until he finds out his wife is having an affair with his own barber. Now separated, Rel must begin the difficult task of rebuilding his life as a long-distance single dad. Offering Rel support is his best friend and unfiltered sounding board, Brittany (Jessica “Jess Hilarious” Moore).
Fox – Mondays at 9 p.m.
This show explores the high-pressure experiences of police officers, firefighters and dispatchers who are thrust into the most frightening, shocking and heart-stopping situations. These emergency responders must try to balance saving those who are at their most vulnerable to solving the problems in their own lives. The provocative series stars Angela Bassett.
Black Lightning Season 2
CW – Tuesdays at 9 p.m.
A crusading school principal (Cress Williams) gets back into action as the original African-American electrical superhero, Black Lightning. He learns that his daughters Jennifer (China Anne McClain) and Anissa (Nafessa Williams) have superpowers too. Together they take on the villains of the city.
Fox – Wednesdays at 8 p.m.
At the end of Season Four, the Lyons lost Empire. Lucious (Terrence Howard) and Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) finally found their way to each other and said their “I do’s.” Now two years have passed, and the Lyons have yet to reclaim Empire. Will they be able to reclaim their throne?
OWN – Wednesdays at 10 p.m.
The Bishop and Lady Mae’s crumbling marriage threatens to destroy the Greenleaf family, but they soon find their church in danger when a two million dollar IRS tax bill arrives at Calvary. Will they be able to save their marriage and the church?
CBS – Thursdays at 10 p.m.
S.W.A.T. stars Shemar Moore as a locally born and raised S.W.A.T. sergeant newly tasked to run a specialized tactical unit that is the last stop in law enforcement in Los Angeles.
How to Get Away With Murder
ABC – Thursdays at 10 p.m.
Just as Annalise’s crew think they have everything under control, a new development involving one of their own changes everything.
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In Theaters November 16
Set in contemporary Chicago, amidst a time of turmoil, four women (including Viola Davis and Cynthia Erivo) with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities, take fate into their own hands, and conspire to forge a future on their own terms. This film also starts Daniel Kaluuya and Brian Tyree Henry.
In Theaters November 21
Under the tutelage of Rocky Balboa, newly crowned light heavyweight champion Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan) faces off against Viktor Drago, the son of Ivan Drago.
In Theaters November 30
Blood Brother takes place on the mean streets of a city in decay, where a recently released convict begins to take murderous revenge against his childhood friend (Trey Songz), whom he believes let him take the fall for a crime they collectively committed.
What Men Want
In Theaters January 11, 2019
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.
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