New releases this week in Black TV & Film include: political doc St. Louis Superman, romance series Sweet Magnolias, mystery/thriller Homecoming, coming of age story Premature, comedy The Lovebirds, game show To Tell the Truth and South African based drama Blood & Water.

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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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