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


Check out these current 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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Movies With Black Actors to Watch On Netflix.

Good Boys
Now Playing
Three sixth grade boys (including Keith L. Williams) ditch school and embark on an epic journey while carrying accidentally stolen drugs, being hunted by teenage girls, and trying to make their way home in time for a long-awaited party.


Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool
Now Playing
This documentary feature explores archival photos and home movies shot by Miles and his colleagues, his manuscripts and Miles’ original paintings, to explore the man behind the music. Featuring interviews with some of the most well-known musicians on the planet, including Jimmy Cobb, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, The Roots and more.


Brian Banks
Now Playing
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.


The Kitchen
Now Playing
The wives (including Tiffany Haddish) of New York gangsters in Hell’s Kitchen in the 1970s continue to operate their husbands’ rackets after they’re locked up in prison.


The Fast & The Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw
Now Playing
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.


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.


Starz – Sundays at 10 p.m.
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.


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.


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.


A Black Lady Sketch Show
HBO Fridays 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.


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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Don’t Let Go
In Theaters August 30
After a man’s family (David Oyelowo) dies in what appears to be a murder, he gets a phone call from one of the dead, his niece. He’s not sure if she’s a ghost or if he’s going mad, but as it turns out, he’s not.


Greenleaf Season 4
Tuesday, September 3 on OWN 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.


In Theaters September 19
Inspired by the viral New York Magazine article, Hustlers follows a crew of savvy former strip club employees who band together to turn the tables on their Wall Street clients. The cast features Cardi B, Stormi Maya, Lizzo and Keke Palmer.


How to Get Away With Murder Season 6
Thursday, September 26 on ABC 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?


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. 


In Theaters November 1
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.


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.


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.


Dolemite Is My Name
In Theaters 2019
When Hollywood shuts him out, multi-talented Rudy Ray Moore strikes out on his own to make the 1975 blaxploitation film “Dolemite” featuring Eddie Murphy, Wesley Snipes, Craig Robinson and more.


In Theaters August 14, 2020
Starring Jennifer Hudson, this biopic chronicles the life of Aretha Franklin. 



If there are any other movies with Black actors you would like for us to add, please contact us at The Voice of Black Cincinnati.



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Marissa Staples, Writer
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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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