by Sheriden and Shatona Groves
It’s winter break at my daughter’s college and when she is home we love to watch our favorite shows together.
She is attending the film school at Loyola Marymount University and her major is screenwriting. So it is her business to know film and TV.
She graciously accepted the opportunity for us to write a blog post together. We both want to see more African-American people on the screen. There is an irreplaceable feeling when we see ourselves on the screen in a positive light.
In 2012, Tyler Perry sent out an email to his fan base to encourage them to see the all black cast in the movie “Red Tails.” Mr. Perry stated that all black casts were almost “extinct.” Has anything changed?
Black Movies Coming Out in 2016
Jolie a dark, beautiful lady with a low self-esteem goes on a road of deceit by bleaching her skin. Directed By LisaRaye McCoy and Avery O Williams. It premieres on TV One.
Kevin Hart and Ice Cube are at it again with Ride Along 2, but this time they are taking down a drug lord!
This Lifetime biopic will star newcomer Lex Scott Davis as Toni Braxton. The film will be followed by a Lifetime special called “Beyond the Headlines: Toni Braxton” at 8/7c.
This is another Wayans spoof, but this time it is a parody of Fifty Shades of Grey. This film will follow Christian Black in his erotic adventures.
The third movie in the Barbershop franchise is about the war on crime in the surrounding neighborhood along with the usual comedy that the cast brings. New characters like Nicki Minaj appear.
Scheduled to premiere the same day as Barbershop, this is also a third installment into a movie series. The Best Man Wedding is confirmed to have the entire original cast.
Anthony Mackie and Don Cheadle will be reprising their roles as The Falcon and War Machine in this new superhero flick, but there will be another Black male joining them: Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther. The Black Panther is being introduced, so fans will know him in the 2018 film to be released.
After seeing Alexandra Shipp in the Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B biopic many may not be interested to see her in X-Men: Apocalypse as Storm (who used to be played by Halle Berry), but she might surprise us with her new outlook on the beloved character.
Interestingly, Tyler Perry will be starring in this TMNT movie. Watching Tyler Perry in a TMNT movie is like watching him in Gone Girl – not sure why he is in it, but will watch to see how it plays out!
Although, the first film only had Morgan Freeman as the honorary Black character this time there will be two: Morgan Freeman AND Sanaa Lathan should make an appearance in this Robin Hood-esque magician movie.
When fighting crime of course you want Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Kevin Hart on the job! Similar to Ride Along with the comedy/action parts this odd pairing are sure to get a few chuckles out of ya!
After 20 years of the success of the first movie with Will Smith there is finally a sequel without the starring actor, but Vivica A. Fox will continue to be in the series.
This reboot of the Ghostbusters franchise is going to be a primarily female cast! This cast will include Saturday Night Live star Leslie Jones.
Idris Elba will be playing a villain in this Star Trek film.
Will Smith, Viola Davis and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje will star in this film about a group of supervillians who accept a mission from the government. The film is based on the DC comics of the same name.
New Black Television shows in 2016
- A Better Buswick (FOX)
- American Crime Story: The People v.s. O.J. Simpson (FX)
- Broad Squad (ABC)
- Chasing Destiny (BET)
- For Justice (CBS)
- Game of Silence (NBC)
- Growing up Hip-Hop (WE tv)
- Insecure (HBO)
- Luke Cage (Netflix)
- Rush Hour (CBS)
- The Catch (ABC)
- The Get Down (Netflix)
- Uncle Buck (ABC)
- Zoe Ever After (BET)
Returning Black Television Shows
- Being (BET)
- Being Mary Jane (BET)
- Black-ish (ABC)
- Braxton Family Values (WE tv)
- Bring it! (Lifetime)
- Childhoods End (SyFy)
- Containment (CW)
- Daredevil (Netflix)
- Doc McStuffins (Disney Junior)
- Empire (FOX)
- How to Get Away with Murder (ABC)
- If Loving You is Wrong (OWN)
- Jessica Jones (Netflix)
- C. Undercover (Disney Channel)
- A. Hair (Bravo)
- Love Thy Neighbor (OWN)
- Married at First Sight (FYI)
- Minority Report (FOX)
- Power (Starz)
- Quantico (ABC)
- Raising Whitley (OWN)
- Real Housewives of Atlanta (Bravo)
- Rosewood (FOX)
- Scandal (ABC)
- Scream Queens (FOX)
- Selling It/ Cutting it in the ATL (Bravo)
- Step It Up (Lifetime)
- Sweetie Pies (OWN)
- Tamar and Vince (WeTv)
- The Carmichael Show (NBC)
- The Haves and the Have Nots (OWN)
- The Real (FOX)
- Truth Be Told (NBC)
- Tut (Spike)
The above shows and movies are either black led productions with black people behind or in front of the camera. The black characters are instrumental and have key roles. There is a lack of African-Americans in the industry, so supporting them in their endeavors is important in 2016 to see an influx of diversity on the screen. Support from all people is important so blacks can move from supporting roles to having “the” roles.
How will you support black entertainment this year?
Image credit: Warner Bros.