a guide to current and upcoming film releases in cinemas
featuring talent from the African diaspora in front of and behind the camera

a project of Nate Parker & Michael Dequina
last update: March 8, 2019


Captain Marvel poster Captain Marvel

  • Cast: Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Lashana Lynch, Djimon Hounsou, Gemma Chan
  • Director: Anna Fleck, Ryan Boden
  • Opened March 8

    Carol Danvers becomes one of the universe's most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • A Madea Family Funeral poster A Madea Family Funeral

  • Cast: Tyler Perry, Cassi Davis, Courtney Burrell
  • Director: Tyler Perry
  • Opened March 1

    A joyous family reunion becomes a hilarious nightmare as an unexpected funeral might unveil unsavory family secrets.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • Saint Judy poster Saint Judy

  • Cast: Michelle Monaghan, Common, Alfre Woodard, Leem Lubany, Alfred Molina
  • Director: Sean Hanish
  • Opened March 1

    Immigration attorney Judy Wood single-handedly tries to change the U.S. law of asylum to save women's lives.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb | Interview Video

  • Alita: Battle Angel poster Alita: Battle Angel

  • Cast: Rosa Salazar, Mahershala Ali, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Jorge Lendeborg Jr.
  • Director: Robert Rodriguez
  • Opened February 14

    In the 26th century, one young woman's journey to discover the truth of who she is leads her to fight to change the world.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • Fighting with My Family poster Fighting with My Family

  • Cast: Florence Pugh, Dwayne Johnson, Lena Headey, Vince Vaughn
  • Director: Stephen Merchant
  • Producer: Dwayne Johnson
  • Opened February 14

    A former wrestler and his family make a living performing at small venues around the country while his kids dream of joining World Wrestling Entertainment.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part poster The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

  • Cast: Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Tiffany Haddish, Will Arnett, Maya Rudolph
  • Director: Mike Mitchell
  • Opened February 8

    LEGO DUPLO® invaders arrive from outer space, wrecking everything faster than they can rebuild.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • A Violent Man poster A Violent Man

  • Cast: Thomas Q. Jones, Khalilah Joi, Isaach De Bankolé, Chuck Liddell, Denise Richards
  • Director: Matthew Berkowitz
  • Opened February 8

    A struggling mixed martial arts fighter finds himself in a fight for his life after his one night stand is found dead in her home.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb | Event Video

  • What Men Want poster What Men Want

  • Cast: Taraji P. Henson, Aldis Hodge, Tracy Morgan, Richard Roundtree, Wendi McLendon-Covey
  • Director: Adam Shankman
  • Producer: Will Packer
  • Opened February 8

    A woman 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 men's thoughts.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb | Event Video

  • My Online Valentine poster My Online Valentine

  • Cast: Taja V. Simpson, Blue Kimble, Robert Christopher Riley
  • Director: Christopher Nolen
  • Opened February 1

    An amorous ex threatens a young couple that finds romance on an online dating site.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • Miss Bala poster Miss Bala

  • Cast: Gina Rodriguez, Anthony Mackie, Ismael Cruz Córdova
  • Director: Catherine Hardwicke
  • Opened February 1

    A young woman finds a power she never knew she had when she is drawn into a dangerous world of cross-border crime.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb | Interview Video

  • Canal Street poster Canal Street

  • Cast: Bryshere Y. Gray, Mekhi Phifer, Mykelti Williamson, Woody McClain, Harry Lennix, Lance Reddick, Jamie Hector
  • Director: Rhyan LaMarr
  • Opened January 18

    After being arrested for the murder of a white classmate, a young black man's father fights in court for his son's vindication.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • Glass poster Glass

  • Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, James McAvoy, Sarah Paulson, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlayne Woodard
  • Director: M. Night Shyamalan
  • Opened January 18

    A security guard uses his supernatural abilities to track a disturbed man who has twenty-four personalities, reuniting him with an old acquaintance.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • The Upside poster The Upside

  • Cast: Kevin Hart, Bryan Cranston, Nicole Kidman, Aja Naomi King
  • Director: Neil Burger
  • Opened January 11

    A wealthy man with quadriplegia hires an unemployed man with a criminal record as his caretaker.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb | Interview Video

  • Escape Room poster Escape Room

  • Cast: Taylor Russell, Jay Ellis, Deborah Ann Woll, Logan Miller
  • Director: Adam Robitel
  • Opened January 4

    Six strangers find themselves in circumstances beyond their control, and must use their wits to survive.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb | Interview Video

  • If Beale Street Could Talk poster If Beale Street Could Talk

  • Cast: KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Regina King, Colman Domingo, Brian Tyree Henry, Michael Beach
  • Director: Barry Jenkins
  • Opened December 14

    A woman in Harlem embraces her pregnancy while she and her family struggle to prove her fiancé innocent of a crime.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb | Interview Video (1) | Interview Video (2) | Interview Video (3)

  • Aquaman poster Aquaman

  • Cast: Jason Momoa, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Temuera Morrison, Michael Beach, Nicole Kidman, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe
  • Director: James Wan
  • Opened December 22

    Arthur Curry learns that he is the heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, and must step forward to lead his people and be a hero to the world.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb | Interview Video

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse poster Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

  • Cast: Shameik Moore, Brian Tyree Henry, Hailee Steinfeld, Jake Johnson
  • Directors: Peter Ramsey, Bob Persichetti, Rodney Rothman
  • Opened December 14

    Miles Morales becomes Spider-Man of his reality, crossing his path with five counterparts from other dimensions to stop a threat for all realities.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb | Interview Video

  • Green Book poster Green Book

  • Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini
  • Director: Peter Farrelly
  • Opened November 16

    A working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • MARCH 15

    Captive State poster Captive State

  • Cast: Ashton Sanders, John Goodman, Vera Farmiga
  • Director: Rupert Wyatt

    A Chicago neighborhood is occupied by an extra-terrestrial force.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • The Mustang poster The Mustang

  • Cast: Matthias Schoenaerts, Jason Mitchell, Bruce Dern
  • Director: Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre

    A violent convict is given the chance to participate in a rehabilitation therapy program involving the training of wild mustangs.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • Yardie poster Yardie

  • Cast: Aml Ameen, Shantol Jackson, Stephen Graham
  • Director: Idris Elba

    A young Jamaican man encounters the man who shot his brother ten years earlier and embarks on a quest for retribution.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • MARCH 22

    Dragged Across Concrete poster Dragged Across Concrete

  • Cast: Mel Gibson, Tory Kittles, Michael Jai White, Vince Vaughn
  • Director: S. Craig Zahler

    Two overzealous cops get suspended from the force and must delve into the criminal underworld to get their just due.

    Trailer | IMDb

  • Us poster Us

  • Cast: Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss
  • Director: Jordan Peele

    A mother and father take their kids to their beach house, expecting to enjoy time with friends, but their serenity turns to tension and chaos when some visitors arrive uninvited.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • MARCH 29

    The Beach Bum poster The Beach Bum

  • Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Snoop Dogg, Martin Lawrence, Isla Fisher, Zac Efron
  • Director: Harmony Korine

    A rebellious burnout who lives on his own rules gets into various misadventures.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • APRIL 5

    The Best of Enemies poster The Best of Enemies

  • Cast: Taraji P. Henson, Sam Rockwell
  • Director: Robin Bissell

    Civil rights activist Ann Atwater faces off against C.P. Ellis, Exalted Cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan, in 1971 Durham, North Carolina over the issue of school integration.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • High Life poster High Life

  • Cast: Juliette Binoche, André Benjamin, Robert Pattinson
  • Director: Claire Denis

    A father and his daughter struggle to survive in deep space where they live in isolation.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • APRIL 12

    Amazing Grace poster Amazing Grace

  • Producer: Alan Elliott

    Aretha Franklin records her landmark gospel album live over two nights at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Watts in 1972.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb | Event Video

  • Little poster Little

  • Cast: Regina Hall, Issa Rae, Marsai Martin, Tone Bell
  • Director: Tina Gordon Chism
  • Producer: Will Packer

    A woman is transformed into her younger self at a point in her life when the pressures of adulthood become too much to bear.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • APRIL 17

    Breakthrough poster Breakthrough

  • Cast: Mike Colter, Chrissy Metz, Dennis Haysbert
  • Director: Roxann Dawson
  • Producer: DeVon Franklin

    A mother keeps a prayer vigil over her teen son after he drowns in a lake.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • APRIL 26

    Avengers: Endgame poster Avengers: Endgame

  • Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chadwick Boseman, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Chris Hemsworth
  • Director: Joe & Anthony Russo

    The superhero team reassembles after a devastating tragedy.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • MAY 1

    This One's for the Ladies poster This One's for the Ladies

  • Director: Gene Graham

    A documentary exploration of the sexual and social identity of contemporary black America through intimate accounts from women and men who find love and community in the underground world of exotic dancing.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • MAY 3

    The Intruder poster The Intruder

  • Cast: Meagan Good, Michael Ealy, Dennis Quaid
  • Director: Deon Taylor

    A young married couple buys a beautiful house on several acres of land only to find that the man they bought it from refuses to let go of the property.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • Long Shot poster Long Shot

  • Cast: Seth Rogen, Charlize Theron, O'Shea Jackson Jr.
  • Director: Jonathan Levine

    A journalist is hired to be the speechwriter for a presidential candidate who was once his babysitter and childhood crush.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • Ugly Dolls poster UglyDolls

  • Cast: Kelly Clarkson, Janelle Monáe, Nick Jonas, Pitbull, Wanda Sykes, Lizzo
  • Director: Kelly Asbury

    Dolls from the town of Uglyville leave their comfortable borders and confront what it means to be different.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • MAY 10

    Detective Pikachu poster Pokémon: Detective Pikachu

  • Cast: Justice Smith, Ryan Reynolds
  • Director: Rob Letterman

    A former Pokémon trainer teams up with his detective father's former partner: Pikachu.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • MAY 10

    Poms poster Poms

  • Cast: Pam Grier, Diane Keaton, Jacki Weaver, Celia Weston, Rhea Perlman
  • Director: Zara Hayes

    A woman moves into a retirement community and starts a cheerleading squad with her fellow residents.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • MAY 17

    John Wick Chapter 3 poster John Wick: Chapter 3--Parabellum

  • Cast: Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry, Mark Dacascos
  • Director: Chad Stahelski

    Assassin John Wick is on the run after killing a member of the international assassin's guild.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • The Sun Is Also a Star poster The Sun Is Also a Star

  • Cast: Yara Shahidi, Charles Melton
  • Director: Ry Russo-Young

    A teenager finds love at a difficult time in her family's life.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • MAY 24

    Aladdin poster Aladdin

  • Cast: Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott
  • Director: Guy Ritchie

    A young man on the streets discovers a magic lamp and the genie who lives inside.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • MAY 31

    Godzilla: King of the Monsters poster Godzilla: King of the Monsters

  • Cast: Ken Watanabe, Zhang Ziyi, O'Shea Jackson Jr., Aisha Hinds, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown
  • Director: Michael Dougherty

    The crypto-zoological agency Monarch faces off against Godzilla, who faces off against a number of other monsters.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • Ma poster Ma

  • Cast: Octavia Spencer, Juliette Lewis, Luke Evans, Dante Brown, Diana Silvers
  • Director: Tate Taylor

    An older stranger's hospitality to a group of teens gradually turns into something darker.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • JUNE 7

    The Secret Life of Pets 2 poster The Secret Life of Pets 2

  • Cast: Kevin Hart, Patton Oswalt
  • Director: Chris Renaud

    Pets live secret lives after their owners leave them for work or school each day.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • JUNE 12-16

    ABFF poster American Black Film Festival

    The American Black Film Festival (ABFF) is a five-day retreat and premiere destination film market that will feature many of Hollywood’s heavyweights and industry insiders. Founded in 1997, the mission of the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) is to strengthen the Black filmmaking community through resource sharing, education, artistic collaboration and career development.

    Official Site

    JUNE 14

    Shaft poster Shaft

  • Cast: Jessie T. Usher, Samuel L. Jackson, Richard Roundtree, Regina Hall, Alexandra Shipp
  • Director: Tim Story

    An MIT-educated cybersecurity expert enlists his family's help to uncover the truth behind his best friend's untimely death.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • JUNE 19

    Men in Black International poster Men in Black International

  • Cast: Tessa Thompson, Liam Neeson, Chris Hemsworth
  • Director: F. Gary Gray

    The Men in Black seek out a mole in the organization.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • JUNE 21

    Child's Play poster Child's Play

  • Cast: Aubrey Plaza, Brian Tyree Henry
  • Director: Lars Klevberg

    A single mother gives her son a doll, unaware of its more sinister nature.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • JULY 3

    Spider-Man: Far from Home poster Spider-Man: Far from Home

  • Cast: Tom Holland, Zendaya, Samuel L. Jackson, Jake Gyllenhaal, Marisa Tomei
  • Director: Jon Watts

    On a school trip to Europe with his friends, Peter Parker is recruited by Nick Fury to team up with Mysterio to battle the Elementals.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • JULY 19

    The Lion King poster The Lion King

  • Cast: Donald Glover, James Earl Jones, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Chiwetel Ejiofor
  • Director: Jon Favreau

    The son of a lion king is faced with claiming his royal birthright.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • AUGUST 2

    Hobbs & Shaw poster Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

  • Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Idris Elba, Vanessa Kirby, Helen Mirren
  • Director: David Leitch

    Two sworn enemies form an unlikely alliance when a cyber-genetically enhanced villain threatens the future of humanity.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • AUGUST 16

    The Angry Birds Movie 2 poster The Angry Birds Movie 2

  • Cast: Leslie Jones, Sterling K. Brown, Lil Rel Howery, Nicki Minaj, Awkwafina, Jason Sudeikis
  • Director: Thurop Van Orman

    The flightless birds and scheming green pigs take their beef to the next level.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • AUGUST 23

    Overcomer poster Overcomer

  • Cast: Priscilla Shirer, Alex Kendrick
  • Director: Alex Kendrick

    A down on his luck high school sports coach finds new inspiration from an unlikely track athlete.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb


    Spies in Disguise poster Spies in Disguise

  • Cast: Will Smith, Rashida Jones, Tom Holland, DJ Khaled
  • Director: Nick Bruno, Troy Quane

    When the world's best spy is turned into a pigeon, he must rely on his nerdy tech officer to save the world.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb


    Urbanworld Film Festival poster Urbanworld Film Festival

    The Urbanworld Film Festival is the largest internationally competitive festival of its kind. The five-day festival includes narrative features, documentaries, and short films, as well as panel discussions, live staged screenplay readings, and the Urbanworld Digital track focused on digital and social media. Urbanworld has also provided a platform for some of today's leading brands seeking to reach key influencers across the industry and within the consumer marketplace.

    Official Site


    HBFF poster Hollywood Black Film Festival

    The Hollywood Black Film Festival (HBFF) is an annual 4-day celebration of Black Cinema drawing together established filmmakers, popular film and TV stars, writers, directors, industry executives, emerging artists, and diverse audiences from Hollywood and around the world.

    Official Site

    LATE 2019

    Harriet poster Harriet

  • Cast: Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., Janelle Monáe, Tory Kittles, Joe Alwyn, Jennifer Nettles, Clarke Peters
  • Director: Kasi Lemmons

    Harriet Tubman escapes slavery and frees many others through the Underground Railroad in the face of growing pre-Civil War adversity.



    Cats poster Cats

  • Cast: Jennifer Hudson, Idris Elba, Jason Derulo, Taylor Swift, Judi Dench, Ian McKellen
  • Director: Tom Hooper

    A tribe of cats must decide yearly who will ascend to the sky and come back to a new life.


  • FEBRUARY 2020

    PAFF poster Pan African Film and Arts Festival

    The Pan African Film and Arts Festival (PAFF), is America's largest and most prestigious Black film and arts festival, showcasing the largest number of national and international films from international filmmakers. The goal of PAFF is to present and showcase the broad spectrum of Black creative works, particularly those that reinforce positive images, help to destroy negative stereotypes and depict an expanded vision of the Black experience. PAFF believes film and art can lead to better understanding and foster communication between peoples of diverse cultures, races, and lifestyles, while at the same time, serve as a vehicle to initiate dialogue on the important issues of our times.

    Official Site

    JULY 16, 2021

    Space Jam 2 poster Space Jam 2

  • Cast: LeBron James
  • Director: Terence Nance
  • Producers: Ryan Coogler, LeBron James, Maverick Carter

    LeBron James, Bugs Bunny, and the Looney Tunes gang team up for an outer space adventure.

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