Black artists have been creating significant work for the big screen since the silent movie era. With incredible range from the painful realities of racial violence to the joyful atmosphere of the barbershop, these perspectives are born from the creators who have often lived the very stories they write, direct and act. Black Cinema has and continues to play an important role in shaping the change within Hollywood and America.
Here is a selection of the most influential black directors in Hollywood from 2021 – Denzel Washington, Shaka King, Tim Story, Janicza Bravo, Questlove, Malcolm D. Lee, Liesl Tommy, Nia DaCosta and Reinaldo Marcus Green.
Ice Cube and Chris Tucker in Friday. Denzel’s Malcolm X. Whitney in Waiting to Exhale. Spike Lee’s masterpiece Do The Right Thing. Poetic Justice with Tupac and Janet. These are just a few of the titles in this must-see pack of influential black films.
Recently released films from Black directors.
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II might’ve caught your eye in HBO’s ‘Watchmen’, but he’s making a serious impact on the big screen.
Angela Bassett is largely known for her autobiographical roles, but her filmography showcases just how much of an icon she truly is. In anticipation of her appearance in ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’, we’ve selected some of our favorite roles of hers to show the true range of her talent.
If you’re looking for a new story with room to grow, we’ve got your back. Here are some Black-lead films that birthed at least one sequel.
Comedian Tiffany Haddish has had a stratospheric rise to the top with her scene-stealing role in ‘Girls Trip’, and we couldn’t be happier. In anticipation of her 2022 titles, we’ve selected our favorites of her filmography to show that she’s not content to just be funny.
If Idris Elba isn’t the star of your movie, he’s about to become the best part of it. In anticipation of his role in ‘Sonic The Hedgehog 2’ we reflect on Elba’s eccentric career with the characters that leave an impact.