New releases this week in Black TV & Film include: sports doc Basketball County: In the Water, civil rights based drama Seberg, a new Saturday lineup on OWN called Sisterhood Saturday Nights and graduation specials honoring the Class of 2020.

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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
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Cast: Iyanla Vanzant
Category/Genre: TV Series
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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
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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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5/16/2020

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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