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

 

Most popular Black movies in 2020

Black movies in theaters now

When Black films Candyman, The Lovebirds, The Banker come out

 

One thing movie-goers and couch-surfers all have in common is watching something that is worth their time. New 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 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. 

 Add these films to your Netflix movie list.

The Banker
Now Playing
In the 1960s two African-American entrepreneurs hire a working-class white man to pretend to be the head of their business empire while they pose as a janitor and chauffeur. Leads are Anthony Macke and Samuel L. Jackson.

 

Bird of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn
Now Playing
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.

 

The Photograph
Now Playing
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.

 

Premature
Now Playing
Set against the backdrop of a changing Harlem landscape, when seventeen year old Ayanna (Zora Howard) meets handsome and mysterious outsider Isaiah (Joshua Boone), her entire world is turned upside down on her path towards self-discovery as she travails the rigorous terrain of young love the summer before she leaves for college.

 

The Invisible Man
Now Playing
When Cecilia’s abusive ex takes his own life and leaves her his fortune, she suspects his death was a hoax. As a series of coincidences turn lethal, Cecilia works to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see.  Movies features Aldis Hodge.

 

Bad Boys for Life
Now Playing
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.

 

Just Mercy
Now Playing
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.

 

Jumanji: The Next Level
Now Playing
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.

 

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The Lovebirds
In Theaters April 3
A young couple (Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani) is pulled into a bizarre (and hilarious) murder mystery. Working to clear their names and solve the case, they need to figure out how they, and their relationship, can survive the night.

 

Spiral: From the Book of Saw
In Theaters May 15
Brash detective (Chris Rock) and his rookie partner investigate grisly crime scenes that ring familiar to the city’s gruesome past. The detective calls for a veteran investigator (Samuel L. Jackson) to help him figure out the case.

 

Candyman
In Theaters June 12
A “spiritual sequel” to the 1992 horror film ‘Candyman’ that returns to the now-gentrified Chicago neighborhood where the legend began. This film features Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Teyonah Parris.

 

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

 

Equal Standard
In Theaters 2020
New York City police officers lives collide in interweaving stories of race, rank, loss, and betrayal. This film stars Ice-T, Anthony ‘Treach’ Criss, Hassan Johnson and more.

 

 

Did we miss any movies coming to theaters? Please let us know in the comments or contact us at The Voice of Black Cincinnati so we can add them.

 

 

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Marissa Staples, Writer

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14 comments

  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!

    1. Hi! Thank you so much for commenting. Your mentioned TV show will return on Tuesday, September 24 at 9 p.m. It has been added to our list. Thanks!

  3. Many of the shows listed up there are so filled with underhanded stereotypes that no black child should be allowed to watch them. The horror about these shows is that because it is in fact blacks self deprecating, it legitimizes the horrific racial stereotypes. There isn’t one black comedian who has not spent a good portion of his show with jokes that imply that black people are either thieves or lazy. Black shows like Blackish, Empire, or other black shows almost seem to be written by the KKK. They often depict blacks as violent people who can’t speak English the way the rest of America does. If they are not openly racist, they are subtlety so. For example, in one episode of Blackish it was implied that black protesters were the ones who were racist by keeping others out of their protest. The fact is that most whites have never shown much interest of joining blacks in their struggle. In another blackish show, one of the characters stated that black women are the least desirable. This is a common myth that African-American women themselves consistently perpetuate. First, that is an issue only in America. Black women in the Caribbean and in Africa are all married to black men. Black women in Europe are often married to members of other races. The fact that black men in America often marry white women is not a “black men” issue; it’s an issue with the “African-American” men. The reality is that even in America, black woman would find ample partners if they were willing to date outside of their race. So, it is not a black women issue, but an issue with the black men in America. All in all, the self deprecation that is part of the African-American(blacks in America) is truly pathetic in is in everything they showcase.

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