ReelBoxX: Black TV & Film Releases

Welcome to the GLoveBoxX Arts & Ent. directory of new releases in Black TV & Film.
If there’s a project (including shorts, indie and international productions) not listed that we should know about … fill us in at Hey@GLoveBoxX.com.

 *Due to COVID-19, theatre release dates may change and will be updated regularly*

MAY 2020

5/3/2020

Married to Medicine – Los Angeles: Season 2

Air/Release Date: 5/3/2020 @ 9/8c
Network: Bravo
Writer/Director/Creator:
Matt Anderson, Nate Green, Heather Crowe
Cast:
Britten Cole, Shanique Drummond, Imani Walker
Category/Genre: Reality TV Series
Rating: N/A

Synopsis: Married to Medicine Los Angeles gives viewers an inside look into the fast-paced, elite lives of five successful women. These women include doctors and doctors’ wives living in Los Angeles who juggle careers and family life as their friendships and rivalries constantly evolve.

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5/6/2020

Becoming

Air/Release Date: 5/6/2020
Network: Netflix
Writer/Director/Creator:
Nadia Hallgren
Cast:
Michelle Obama
Category/Genre: Documentary
Rating: PG

Synopsis: Becoming follows former first lady Michelle Obama in an intimate documentary looking at her life, hopes and connection with others as she tours with “Becoming.”

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5/6/2020

Tyler Perry’s The Oval: Season 1 Return

Air/Release Date: 5/6/2020 @ 9/8c
Network: BET
Writer/Director/Creator:
Tyler Perry
Cast:
Kron Moore, Ptosha Storey, Vaughn W. Hebron
Category/Genre: TV Series, Drama
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Synopsis: “The Oval” is a political drama that tells the story of U.S. President Hunter Franklin and First Lady Victoria Franklin, a power-hungry interracial couple who present a perfect façade to the world while indulging in wildly scandalous behavior behind closed doors.

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5/7/2020

Tyler Perry’s Bruh: Season 1

Air/Release Date: 5/7/2020
Network: BET+
Writer/Director/Creator:
Tyler Perry
Cast:
Barry Brewer, Caroline Harris, Mahdi Cocci
Category/Genre: TV Series, Comedy
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Synopsis: Bruh examines the world of dating, career, and friendship in a present-day society for a group of 30-something-year-old college friends. This group of “Bruhs” will unravel the stereotypes of African American men and manage to maintain their brother-like relationships, while finding love and fulfilling careers.

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5/8/2020

The Eddy

Air/Release Date: 5/8/2020
Network: Netflix
Writer/Director/Creator:
Alan Poul, Damien Chazelle, Jack Thorne
Cast:
Andre Holland
Category/Genre: TV Series, Drama
Rating:
TV-MA

Synopsis: In this vibrant musical drama Elliot Udo, a once celebrated musician from New York, is running a small Jazz club called The Eddy in a multicultural neighborhood in modern-day Paris. He is struggling to keep the club open, manage the house band and deal with his past. When he finds out that his partner is involved in questionable business practices things start to spin out of control.

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5/9/2020

John Henry

Air/Release Date: 5/9/2020
Network: Netflix
Writer/Director/Creator:
Will Forbes, Doug Skinner
Cast: Terry Crews, Ludacris
Category/Genre: Film, Crime Thriller   
Rating:
R

Synopsis:  A reformed LA gang member upends his peaceful new life when he steps in to protect two young immigrants from his violent former leader. Music by DJ Quik.

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5/15/2020

Basketball County: In the Water

Air/Release Date: 5/15/2020 @ 9/8c
Network: Showtime
Writer/Director/Creator:
Amani Martin
Cast: Kevin Durant, Victor Oladipo
Category/Genre: Film, Documentary
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Synopsis:  This documentary tells the story of the basketball players of Prince George’s County, MD. Since 2000, the county has spawned some 25 NBA players, more than a dozen WNBA players, and countless more who have competed at elite universities.

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5/15/2020

Seberg

Air/Release Date: 5/15/2020
Network: Amazon Prime Video, Netflix
Writer/Director/Creator:
Benedict Andrews, Joe Shrapnel, Anna Waterhouse
Cast: Anthony Mackie, Zazie Beetz
Category/Genre: Film, Biography/Drama
Rating:
R

Synopsis:  Inspired by real events in the life of French New Wave icon Jean Seberg. In the late 1960s, Hoover’s FBI targeted her because of her political and romantic involvement with civil rights activist Hakim Jamal.

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5/16/2020

Fear Not with Iyanla Vanzant

Air/Release Date: 5/16/2020 @ 9/8c
Network: OWN
Writer/Director/Creator:

Cast: Iyanla Vanzant
Category/Genre: TV Series
Rating:

Synopsis: Filmed virtually, Fear Not with Iyanla Vanzant will offer guidance on how to live beyond fear, one step at a time, straight from the inspirational life coach herself. Tune in to see Iyanla’s heart-to-heart conversations with experts and notable guests, lending support to viewers living with stress attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic. The episode will precede Girlfriends Check In as part of the network’s Sisterhood Saturday Nights.

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5/16/2020

Girlfriends Check In

Air/Release Date: 5/16/2020 @ 10/9c
Network: OWN
Writer/Director/Creator:

Cast: Meagan Good, La’Mia Good Bellinger, Tasha Smith, Grace Byers
Category/Genre: TV Series
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Synopsis: Good girlfriends can get you through anything in life – especially during quarantine. With the help of a little tech and a lot of sisterhood, each week different female celebrity friends will hold a virtual chat room “check in” – spilling the tea about their relationships, their families, sharing new recipes, and reminding us that we are truly all in this together. Episodes of “Girlfriends Check In” will feature actress, author, producer and director Meagan Good with her sister La’Myia Good Bellinger, and actresses Tasha Smith and Grace Byers from “Empire.” The episode will follow Fear Not with Iyanla Vanzant as part of the network’s Sisterhood Saturday Nights.

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5/16/2020

Graduate Together: America Honors the Class of 2020

Air/Release Date: 5/16/2020 @ 8/7c
Network: All broadcast networks, Instagram, Facebook & TikTok
Writer/Director/Creator:
Lebron James Family Foundation, XQ Institute, Entertainment Industry Foundation
Cast:
Barack Obama, Yara Shahidi, Pharrell Williams
Category/Genre: TV Special  
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Synopsis:  “Graduate Together: America Honors the Class of 2020,” a virtual, hour-long commercial-free event paying tribute to the Class of 2020 amidst cancellations due to the coronavirus pandemic. The ceremony will include appearances by former president Barack Obama, H.E.R., Pharrell Williams and more.

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5/15/2020

Oprah’s Your Life in Focus: A Vision Forward

Air/Release Date: 5/16/2020
Network: Zoom
Writer/Director/Creator:
Oprah Winfrey, WW
Cast: Oprah Winfrey
Category/Genre: TV Special 
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Synopsis:  Oprah Winfrey and WW (formerly Weight Watchers) are proud to announce Oprah’s Your Life In Focus: A Vision Forward, a live virtual experience that will help all of us move forward through mind, body and spirit. For the next four Saturdays, Oprah will go live on Zoom, email you workbook pages, and bring along some special friends to inspire you along the way. Sign up for the free event by going to ww.com/oprah.

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5/16/2020

Show Me Your Walk, HBCU Edition, Commencement Celebration

Air/Release Date: 5/16/2020 @ 2p/1c
Network: Chase YouTube, Chase Twitter, Essence Studios
Writer/Director/Creator:
JPMorgan Chase
Cast: Barack Obama, Kevin Hart, Serena Williams, Omari Hardwick
Category/Genre: TV Special 
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Synopsis:  JPMorgan Chase’s Advancing Black Pathways will be sponsoring a virtual graduation celebration for historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to Show Us Their Walk – HBCU Edition.

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5/18/2020

St. Louis Superman

Air/Release Date: 5/18/2020 @ 9/8c
Network: MTV
Writer/Director/Creator:
Sami Khan, Smriti Mundhra    
Cast: Bruce Franks, Jr., King Bruce Franks III
Category/Genre: Film, Documentary
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Synopsis:  Bruce Franks Jr., a Ferguson activist and battle rapper who was elected to the overwhelmingly white and Republican Missouri House of Representatives, must overcome both personal trauma and political obstacles to pass a critical bill for his community.

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5/19/2020

Sweet Magnolias

Air/Release Date: 5/19/2020
Network: Netflix
Writer/Director/Creator:
Sheryl J. Anderson
Cast: Heather Headley
Category/Genre: TV Series, Drama
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Synopsis:  Centers on three South Carolina women, best friends since high school, as they shepherd each other through the complexities of romance, career, and family.

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5/20/2020

Blood & Water: Season 1 

Air/Release Date: 5/20/2020
Network: Netflix
Writer/Director/Creator:
Nosipho Dumisa, Daryne Joshua, Travis Taute
Cast: Khosi Ngema, Ama Qamata, Gail Mabalane
Category/Genre: TV Series, Drama
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Synopsis:  After crossing paths at a party, a Cape Town teen sets out to prove whether a private-school swimming star is her sister who was abducted at birth.

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5/21/2020

To Tell the Truth: Season 5

Air/Release Date: 5/21/2020 @ 10/9c
Network: ABC
Writer/Director/Creator:
Alycia Rossiter, Jennifer Mullin, Jeff Gaspin
Cast: Anthony Anderson
Category/Genre: TV Series, Game Show
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Synopsis:  To Tell the Truth is a funny reimagination of the beloved game show that first aired in 1956. The show puts a panel of celebrities on the spot as they’re forced to figure out which contestants are lying and who’s telling the truth.

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5/22/2020

Homecoming: Season 2

Air/Release Date: 5/22/2020
Network: Amazon Prime Video
Writer/Director/Creator:
Micah Bloomberg, Eli Horowitz, Sam Esmail
Cast:
Janelle Monae
Category/Genre: TV Series, Thriller
Rating:
TV-MA

Synopsis: Heidi works at Homecoming, a facility helping soldiers transition to civilian life. Years later when the Department of Defense questions why she left, Heidi realizes there’s a whole other story behind the one she’s been telling herself.

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5/22/2020

The Lovebirds 

Air/Release Date: 5/22/2020
Network: Netflix
Writer/Director/Creator:
Michael Showalter, Aaron Abrams   
Cast: Issa Rae
Category/Genre: Film, Comedy
Rating:
R

Synopsis:  A couple (Issa Rae & Kumail Nanjiani) experiences a defining moment in their relationship when they are unintentionally embroiled in a murder mystery. As their journey to clear their names takes them from one extreme – and hilarious – circumstance to the next, they must figure out how they, and their relationship, can survive the night.

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5/22/2020

Premature (Limited Release 2/2020)

Air/Release Date: 5/22/2020
Network: HULU
Writer/Director/Creator:
Rashaad Ernesto Green, Zora Howard
Cast: Zora Howard, Joshua Boone, Michelle Wilson
Category/Genre: Film, Drama/Romance
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Synopsis:  Seventeen-year-old Ayanna meets handsome and mysterious Isaiah in her path towards self-discovery. Her entire world is turned upside down as she travails on the rigorous terrain of young love on the summer before she leaves for college.

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5/24/2020

A Tribute to Andre Harrell: Mr. Champagne & Bubbles

Air/Release Date: 5/24/2020 @ 7/6c
Network: BET, Revolt, Fox Soul
Writer/Director/Creator:
Wendy Credle, Gianni Credle-Harrell, Rikki Hughes
Cast:
Mariah Carey, Jamie Foxx, Chris Rock
Category/Genre: TV Special
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Synopsis: The biggest stars across the entertainment industry will honor one of the cultural architects for black media and the founder of Uptown Records, the late Andre Harrell, affectionally called “Mr. Champagne and Bubbles” by friends and family.

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5/27/2020

Legendary

Air/Release Date: 5/27/2020
Network: HBO Max
Writer/Director/Creator:
Deondray Gossett
Cast:
DJ MikeQ, Megan Thee Stallion, Dashaun Wesley
Category/Genre: TV Series, Game Show
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Synopsis:  If you slay, you stay. In Legendary, a new HBO Max competition series that pulls from the underground ballroom community, voguing teams (aka “houses”) must compete in unbelievable balls and showcase sickening fashion in order to achieve “legendary” status. The cast includes MC Dashaun Wesley and DJ MikeQ as well as celebrity judges Law Roach, Jameela Jamil, Leiomy Maldonado, and Megan Thee Stallion.

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5/27/2020

On the Record

Air/Release Date: 5/27/2020
Network: HBO Max
Writer/Director/Creator:
Kirby Dick, Sara Newens, Amy Ziering
Cast:
Tarana Burke, Drew Dixon
Category/Genre: Film, Documentary
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Synopsis:  On The Record presents the powerful haunting story of music executive Drew Dixon (collaborator on hit records by Method Man and Mary J. Blige, Estelle and Kanye West and Whitney Houston) as she grapples with her decision to become one of the first women of color, in the wake of #MeToo, to come forward and publicly accuse hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons of sexual assault.

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5/27/2020

American Soul: Season 2

Air/Release Date: 5/27/2020 @ 10/9c
Network: BET
Writer/Director/Creator:
Devon Greggory, Jonathan Prince
Cast:
Sinqua Walls, James Devoti
Category/Genre: TV Series, Drama
Rating: TV-14

Synopsis: The story of entrepreneur Don Cornelius, who developed the Soul Train show, which rose to prominence in the 1970s.

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5/29/2020

The High Note

Air/Release Date: 5/29/2020
Network: On Demand
Writer/Director/Creator:
Flora Greeson, Nisha Ganatra
Cast: Tracee Ellis Ross, Ice Cube, Kelvin Harrison, Jr.
Category/Genre: Film, Drama/Romance
Rating:
PG-13

Synopsis: Set in the dazzling world of the LA music scene comes the story of Grace Davis, a superstar whose talent, and ego, have reached unbelievable heights. Maggie is Grace’s overworked personal assistant who’s stuck running errands, but still aspires to her childhood dream of becoming a music producer.

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