Spotlight On Black Performers and Directors in Movies and TV Shows

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In honor of Black History month, we wanted to shine a light on the important contributions of African-American performers and creators in movies and TV shows.  Joaquin Phoenix’s acceptance speech at the BAFTA Awards last Sunday called out systemic racism in the industry and how too often black performers and directors get overlooked.  We want to help our readers find titles in 2020 that deserve your attention and the amazing talent that is working in the industry now. We also wanted to showcase important biopics that tell the narrative of the African-American experience.  Add these titles to your must-watch queue now.


2020 Movies Coming To Theatres with African-American Leads

Just Mercy In Theatres Now starring Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx

The Photograph February 15th starring Issa Rae and LaKeith Stanfield

The Banker March 6th starring Samuel L. Jackson and Anthony Mackie

Charm City Kings April 10th starr Jahi Di’Allo Winston and Meek Mill

Antebellum April 24th starring Janelle Monae and Gabourey Sidibe

Spiral May 15th starring Chris Rock and Samuel L. Jackson

Candyman June 12th starring Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Tony Todd

Soul  June 19th starring Jamie Foxx and Quest Love

Tenet July 15th starring John David Washington

Respect August 14th starring Jennifer Hudson and Forest Whitaker

Coming 2 America Dec. 18th Eddie Murphy, James Earl Jones, Wesley Snipes and Leslie Jones



2020 TV Shows Debuting with African-American Leads

Cherish the Day on OWN starring Cicely Tyson and Xosha Roquemore

For Life on ABC starring Felonious Munk

Lovecraft Country on HBO starring Jonathan Majors and Courtney B. Vance

The Falcon &Winter Soldier on Disney + starring Anthony Mackie

Little Fires Everywhere on Hulu starring Kerry Washington

Bridgerton on Netflix starring Adjoa Andoh (also showrunner Shonda Rhimes’ first show in Netflix deal)

Dispatches from Elsewhere on AMC starring Andre Benjamin

Queen Sono on Netflix starring Pearl Thusi

The Underground Railroad on Amazon starring Aaron Pierre



Directors If You Don’t Know, Now You Know

Jordan Peele

Ryan Coogler

Nia DaCosta

Steve McQueen

Barry Jenkins

Ava DuVernay

Tim Story

Malcolm D. Lee

Stella Meghie

Don Cheadle



Top African-American Biographical Movies to Buy, Rent or Stream

Harriet at Amazon

12 Years a Slave at Google Play

42 at iTunes

Marshall at Amazon

Ray at iTunes

Malcolm X at iTunes

Selma available at Amazon

Hidden Figures at iTunes

Ali streaming on Netflix

What’s Love Got to Do With It at Google Play

Basquiat at Google Play

Straight Outta Compton at Amazon

Notorious at Google Play



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