7 Black Movies You Can Watch On Hulu Right Now

7 Black Movies You Can Watch On Hulu Right Now

Black movies help us to reconnect with our identity and feel closer to our families and our communities. Hulu is poppin’ this month with some black movies worth watching. From Old School Dramas to New School Sports Drama, Hulu got something for you.

Old School Dramas: 

Waiting To Exhale is a Romance/Drama that was originally released in 1995. The screenplay was written by Terry McMillan and Ronald Bass and it was directed by Forest Whitaker. Four friends bond over the shortcomings in their love lives — namely, the scarcity of good men. Both as the “other woman,” Savannah (Whitney Houston) and Robin (Lela Rochon) carry on relationships with married men, each believing their lovers will leave their wives for them. On the flip side, Bernadine (Angela Bassett) ends up alone when her husband divorces her for his mistress. Meanwhile, Gloria (Loretta Devine) finds love with a new neighbor. Waiting To Exhale is based on the best selling book of the same name by author, Terry McMillan. 

Soul Food: Written and Directed by George Tillman Jr. was originally released in 1997.  Soul Food is a heartwarming movie. When Ahmad Simmons’ (Brandon Hammond) diabetic grandmother, Josephine “Big Mama” Joseph (Irma P. Hall), falls into a coma during an operation to amputate her leg, it throws the Joseph family into chaos. Ahmad watches as his mother, Maxine (Vivica A. Fox), and aunts Teri (Vanessa L. Williams) and Tracy (Nia Long) struggle to adjust to the family matriarch’s sudden absence, fall into old rivalries, share memories, and work to maintain the long-standing tradition of Sunday family dinners.

Documentary

Whitney, the documentary. Filmmaker Kevin Macdonald examines the life and career of singer Whitney Houston. The documentary was released in 2018. It features never-before-seen archival footage, exclusive recordings, rare performances and interviews with the people who knew her best. Pat Houston, Whitney’s long-time sister-in-law was one of the executive producers of the project. The film was nominated for Grammy Award for Best Music Film, and a NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Documentary Film. 

Recent Dramas

Black Cop. This is a Canadian film written and directed by Cory Bowles. The film was originally released in 2017. The film is about a black police officer who plots revenge on the community he is supposed to be protecting after he is racially profiled and attacked by some of his co-workers. It was an official selection for the Toronto International Film Festival. 

Creed II. The follow up to Creed written and directed by Ryan Coogler came Creed II in 2018. This film was written by Sylvester Stallone and Juel Taylor from a story by Sascha Penn and Cheo Hodari Coker. The film follows the newly crowned heavyweight champion Adonis Creed as he faces off against Viktor Drago, the son of Ivan Drago—a Rocky nemesis. 

The Simone Biles Story: Courage To Soar is a biography based on her book, Courage to Soar. Ut follows Simone Biles, Olympic athlete and an inspiration. Simone pursues her dream of becoming an elite gymnast, giving up parties, high school football games and senior prom along the way. She overcame many obstacles and tribulations to pursue her dream of becoming an Olympic champion. This movie originally premiered on Lifetime in 2018. 

Comedy

A Madea Family Funeral. This comedy originally hit theaters in 2019 and is heralded as the last time we’ll ever see Tyler Perry as Madea in a film. (We’re not sure about that!) A joyous reunion in small-town Georgia turns into an unexpected nightmare when Madea, Joe, Aunt Bam and other family members gather for an anniversary party that turns out to be a sham. Instead of fun and relaxation, Madea and the gang soon find themselves attending an elaborate funeral that doesn’t quite go according to plan.

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Watch: Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods trailer

Spike Lee brings us Da Five Bloods

From Academy Award® Winner Spike Lee comes a New Joint: the story of four African-American Vets — Paul (Delroy Lindo), Otis (Clarke Peters), Eddie (Norm Lewis), and Melvin (Isiah Whitlock, Jr.) — who return to Vietnam. Searching for the remains of their fallen Squad Leader (Chadwick Boseman) and the promise of buried treasure, our heroes, joined by Paul’s concerned son (Jonathan Majors), battle forces of Man and Nature — while confronted by the lasting ravages of The Immorality of The Vietnam War.

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Watch: Official Trailer All Day and A Night Movie

Watch: Official Trailer All Day and A Night Movie

Check out the official trailer of All Day and A Night. The movie is hitting Netflix on May 1, 2020. Here’s the storyline according to those folks…

As soft-spoken Jahkor Abraham Lincoln (Ashton Sanders) struggles to keep his dream of rapping alive amidst a gang war in Oakland, his ill-fated life and real-world responsibilities drive him further and further across the line of right and wrong with tragic consequences. Landing in prison beside his father, J.D. (Jeffrey Wright) whom he never wanted to be like, Jahkor embarks on an unlikely journey of self-discovery, exploring the events that unite them, in hopes of helping his newborn son break a cycle that feels unavoidable. A powerful film from Black Panther co-writer Joe Robert Cole, ALL DAY AND A NIGHT co-stars Isaiah John, Kelly Jenrette, Shakira Ja’Nai Paye, Regina Taylor, Christopher Meyer and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II.Netflix

Black TV Film Crew Facts about Yahya Abdul-Mateen II who stars in All Day And A Night

  • He’s a real life Architect.
  • He graduated from the University of California Berkeley with a degree in Architecture.
  • He has a Master in Fine Arts degree from Yale.
  • He stands a whopping 6′ 3′.
  • He’s a member of Alpha Phi Alpha.
  • He was born in New Orleans, LA

17 Black Dramatic Movies On Hulu Right Now

17 Black Dramatic Movies On Hulu Right Now

Black dramatic movies aren’t overflowing on Hulu right now but we wanted to compile a list of some cool dramas to watch if you want to Hulu and chill. We’re including movies on Hulu which have black leads but aren’t necessarily an all black cast. We decided to call them black movies because we want to believe. But the reality is, there are probably fewer than 9 black dramatic movies which feature a majority black cast on Hulu right now. 

More Black Dramatic Movies Are Needed

Black Dramatic MoviesWe scrolled through the movie poster images and typed in what is currently available on Hulu. Here’s the list…

  1. Fences featuring Denzel Washington and Viola Davis 

  2. Creed featuring Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone

  3. Our Kind of Traitor featuring Naomi Harris

  4. Traitor featuring Don Cheadle

  5. Hoodlum featuring Lawrence Fishburne

  6. American Gangster featuring Denzel Washington
  7. Live Cargo featuring LaKeith Stanfield

  8. 96 Souls featuring Toyin MosesBlack Dramatic Movies

  9. Perfect Stranger featuring Halle Berry

  10. The Glass Shield featuring Ice Cube

  11. I Can Do Bad All By Myself featuring Taraji P. Henson

  12. So B. It featuring Alfre Woodard

  13. Going To America featuring Eddie Griffin

  14. John Q. Featuring Denzel Washington

  15. Panic featuring David Gyasi

  16. No Way To Live featuring Tom Williamson

  17. Day In New York featuring Chris RockBlack Dramatic Movies

The movies below have diverse ensemble casts so we’ve included them on the list. It’s funny because we bet Honey and Honey 2 were heavily inspired by the newest Fame movie. And of course, this Fame movie was a remake of the original Fame movie. Nothing is new in this business. Here are the three honorable mentions:

Honey 2 featuring Kat Graham

Honey featuring Mekhi Phifer

Fame featuring Naturi Naughton, Debbie Allen

We hope in the near future Hulu will increase its black dramatic feature film catalog. There have to be African Americans wanting some drama who watch Hulu. I know we are over at Black TV Film crew. If you’re using Hulu and would like an increase in their black dramatic movies, leave a comment below. There will be no change if they don’t know we’re interested. If you wanna know the Black Comedies we’ve seen on Netflix, we got you.

A Wrinkle In Time Is Not In Competition With Black Panther

A Wrinkle In Time Is Not In Competition With Black Panther

A Wrinkle In Time IS A Wrinkle In Time

When A Wrinkle In Time hit theaters last week, I was disappointed when I saw  articles comparing Wrinkle with Black Panther. Black Panther in its fourth week at the box office bested A Wrinkle In Time as it did every other film that came out that week. But A Wrinkle In Time doesn’t have to make as much money at the box office as Black Panther in order to be a good movie. A Wrinkle In Time doesn’t have to make $1 Billion at the box office to be a good movie. The only thing A Wrinkle In Time has to do is be a good movie.

When I thought about the people who were pitting A Wrinkle In Time against Black Panther, I remembered the readings from my Afro Studies class at Hampton University. Those classes taught me about the field negro and and house negro and the slave masters who pitted them against each other. I remembered the discussion in class about the animosity between light-skinned and dark-skinned people of African descent.

I remembered learning that people who pitted black people against each other always had an agenda–to divide and conquer.

But there will be no division here, not with these two movies, not with these two directors.

Ava Duvernay, who is the director of A Wrinkle In Time, is not in competition with Ryan Coogler who is the director of Black Panther.

They are colleagues, sister and brother in arms, two African Americans who are fortunate enough to helm the #1 and #2 movies in the entire United States.

That’s what they are. What they aren’t? They are not enemies. They are not two people routing for the other to fail. Sometimes people who write about the entertainment business but are not actually working as creators in the entertainment business forget a few things.

  1. Black creators who’ve worked so hard to make it believe in the success of their fellow black creatives.
  2. Black creatives know that with every success from a fellow colleague, it increases their chance of success.
  3. There are enough opportunities to go around.

If there is anything that I’ve learned helming Black TV Film Crew with a network of over 4,000 people it is this: Black creatives believe in each other. We do. We want you to succeed because if you succeed that means we can be successful.

I’m not going to call out the slave masters who pit Ava against Ryan. But I will say, “Go back to the plantation. Slavery is over.”

We will continue to support our creatives in every shape, form and fashion. And to keep it really, real Disney owns both of these movies. So, uh, there is no division, it is ALL DISNEY.