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
established 2012
last update: August 13, 2021 in loving memory of John Singleton


Space Jam: A New Legacy poster Space Jam: A New Legacy

  • Cast: LeBron James, Don Cheadle, Sonequa Martin-Green, Cedric Joe
  • Director: Malcolm D. Lee
  • Producers: Ryan Coogler, LeBron James, Maverick Carter
  • Opened July 16

    LeBron James teams up with Bugs Bunny and the Looney Tunes in a high stakes basketball game against a computer algorithm in order to save his son.

    Space Jam @ | Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • Beckett Beckett

  • Cast: John David Washington, Alicia Vikander, Vicky Krieps, Boyd Holbrook
  • Director: Ferdinando Cito Filomarino
  • Opened August 13

    An American tourist in Greece finds himself on the run for his life.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • Magnificent Coloring World Magnificent Coloring World

  • Cast: Chance the Rapper
  • Director: Jake Schreier
  • Opened August 13

    A film of Chance the Rapper's secret 2017 concert in Chicago.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • Respect Respect

  • Cast: Jennifer Hudson, Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Audra McDonald
  • Director: Liesl Tommy
  • Opened August 13

    The life story of the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • The Suicide Squad The Suicide Squad

  • Cast: Idris Elba, Viola Davis, Margot Robbie, John Cena
  • Director: James Gunn
  • Opened August 6

    A group of convicted supervillains join a shady task force for a secret mission.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • Naked Singularity

  • Cast: John Boyega, Olivia Cooke, Bill Skarsgård, Ed Skrein, Tim Blake Nelson
  • Director: Chase Palmer
  • Opened August 6

    A New York City public defender burned out by the system decides to stage a heist.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • Nine Days Nine Days

  • Cast: Winston Duke, Zazie Beetz, Benedict Wong, Bill Skarsgård, Tony Hale
  • Director: Edson Oda
  • Opened July 30

    A reclusive man conducts a series of interviews with human souls for a chance to be born.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • Jungle Cruise Jungle Cruise

  • Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt
  • Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
  • Opened July 30

    A researcher takes a cruise down the Amazon with a wisecracking skipper in search of a legendary tree in the jungle.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • Ailey Ailey

  • Director: Jamila Wignot
  • Opened July 23

    The life and work of the trailblazing dancer and choreographer Alvin Ailey.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • Eyimofe Eyimofe (This Is My Desire)

  • Cast: Jude Akuwudike, Temi Ami-Williams
  • Directors: Arie & Chuko Esiri
  • Opened July 23

    Two strangers in Lagos, an electrician and a hairdresser, pursue their dream of starting a new life in Europe.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • Joe Bell Joe Bell

  • Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Reid Miller, Connie Britton
  • Director: Reinaldo Marcus Green
  • Opened July 23

    A father embarks on a cross-country trip on foot in a campaign against teen bullying.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • Escape Room: Tournament of Champions Escape Room: Tournament of Champions

  • Cast: Taylor Russell, Logan Miller, Indya Moore
  • Director: Adam Robitel
  • Opened July 16

    Six people who have previously made it out of deadly escape room games find themselves trapped in another.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • @zola poster @zola

  • Cast: Taylour Paige, Riley Keough, Colman Domingo
  • Director: Janicza Bravo
  • Opened June 30

    A stripper embarks on a wild road trip to Florida with another dancer she just met.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • Summer of Soul poster Summer of Soul (...or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

  • Director: Questlove
  • Opened June 25

    A documentary about the legendary 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival which celebrated African-American music and culture, and promoted Black pride and unity.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • In the Heights poster In the Heights

  • Cast: Anthony Ramos, Corey Hawkins, Leslie Grace, Melissa Barrera, Olga Merediz, Daphne Rubin-Vega
  • Director: Jon M. Chu
  • Opened June 10

    A bodega owner and other residents of Washington Heights dream of and work toward a better life.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • F9 poster F9

  • Cast: Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, John Cena, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, Sung Kang, Helen Mirren, Charlize Theron, Lucas Black, Shad "Bow Wow" Moss, Tyrese Gibson
  • Director: Justin Lin
  • Opened June 25

    Dominic Toretto and his team are once again called into action to thwart a world-endangering threat.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • AUGUST 20

    PAW Patrol PAW Patrol: The Movie

  • Cast: Marsai Martin, Yara Shahidi, Tyler Perry, Iain Armitage
  • Director: Cal Brunker

    Ryder and his pup rescue squad are called to Adventure City to stop archenemy Humdinger, who has become mayor.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • The Prot�g� The Prot�g�

  • Cast: Maggie Q, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Keaton
  • Director: Martin Campbell

    An assassin seeks vengeance against the killer of her mentor.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • Reminiscence Reminiscence

  • Cast: Hugh Jackman, Thandiwe Newton, Rebecca Ferguson
  • Director: Lisa Joy

    A private investigator obsessively seeks the truth behind the disappearance of a client.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • AUGUST 27

    Candyman Candyman

  • Cast: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Colman Domingo, Vanessa Williams
  • Director: Nia DaCosta
  • Producer: Jordan Peele

    A legendary supernatural killer returns to the neighborhood that he once haunted.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb


    Hands Up Hands Up

  • Cast: LaRoyce Hawkins, Kris D. Lofton, Jamal Woolard, Jermaine Johnson
  • Director: Chuck Whitman

    A Black teen fights for a way out of Chicago after his cousin is shot and killed by a white police officer.

    Trailer | 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


    The Harder They Fall The Harder They Fall

  • Cast: Jonathan Majors, Zazie Beetz, Regina King, Idris Elba, LaKeith Stanfield, Delroy Lindo
  • Director: Jeymes Samuel

    An outlaw reunites his gang to seek revenge when his archenemy is released from prison.

    Jeymes Samuel They Die by Dawn Q&A | Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • NOVEMBER 3 - 14

    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


    King Richard King Richard

  • Cast: Will Smith, Aunjanue Ellis, Saniyya Sidney, Demi Singleton
  • Director: Reinaldo Marcus Green

    Richard Williams coaches his young daughters Venus and Serena in pursuit of tennis greatness.

    Trailer | IMDb


    A Journal for Jordan A Journal for Jordan

  • Cast: Michael B. Jordan, Chant� Adams, Jalon Christian
  • Director: Denzel Washington

    A soldier deployed to Iraq keeps a journal of love and advice for his infant son.

    Trailer | IMDb

  • FEBRUARY 8 - 21, 2022

    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 8, 2022

    Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

  • Cast: Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Angela Bassett, Winston Duke, Martin Freeman, Michaela Coel
  • Director: Ryan Coogler

    The nation of Wakanda faces a new threat.


  • JULY 22, 2022

    Nope Nope

  • Cast: Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer, Steven Yeun
  • Director: Jordan Peele

    A mysterious thriller from writer/director Jordan Peele.


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