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What to Watch: The Top Black-Led Shows and Movies Coming in 2024

As we look forward to the exciting and noteworthy titles set to release in 2024, it’s important to spotlight the array of outstanding Black-led projects to watch. From the resurgence of major action franchises stretching from Beverly Hills to Miami, to animated, biographical, and dramatic offerings on both television and cinema screens, here’s what’s on the horizon.

Genius: MLK/X (2024)

What to Watch: The Top Black-Led Shows and Movies Coming in 2024


Launching on National Geographic and Disney+ in February, Genius: MLK/X is the latest installment in the anthology series that began in 2017, previously exploring the lives of notable figures like Einstein, Picasso, and Aretha Franklin. This season delves into the stories of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, with Kelvin Harrison Jr. portraying Dr. King, following his role as B.B. King in Elvis, and Aaron Pierre as Malcolm X, who will also voice Mufasa in the upcoming Lion King prequel.


Available on: NatGeo, Hulu, Disney+

Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2024)


Arriving on Prime Video in February, the spy comedy series Mr. & Mrs. Smith stars Donald Glover and Maya Erskine, taking inspiration from the 2005 film. In this version, the main characters, initially strangers, find themselves working for a covert spy agency and posing as a married couple. The series is a creation of Glover and Francesca Sloane, with Glover having previously won Emmys for his work on Atlanta.

Watch on: Prime Video

`Bob Marley: One Love (2024)

What to Watch: The Top Black-Led Shows and Movies Coming in 2024


The biopic Bob Marley: One Love hits theaters in February, with Kingsley Ben-Adir playing the iconic musician and Lashana Lynch as his wife, Rita Marley. The film, directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green of King Richard fame, chronicles Marley’s rise to fame and his life until he died in 1981, boasting a script co-written by Terence Winter of Boardwalk Empire.


Available in: Theaters

Shirley (2024)

What to Watch: The Top Black-Led Shows and Movies Coming in 2024


Netflix’s Shirley, releasing in March, stars Regina King as Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman elected to Congress, focusing on her 1972 presidential campaign. The cast includes Terrence Howard, André Holland, Lucas Hedges, and one of Lance Reddick’s last roles. John Ridley, who won an Oscar for 12 Years a Slave, wrote and directed the film.


Available on: Netflix

Challengers (2024)

What to Watch: The Top Black-Led Shows and Movies Coming in 2024


Challengers, a romantic sports dramedy opening in theaters in late April, features Zendaya as a former tennis prodigy turned coach. The plot thickens as she orchestrates a match between her husband and his ex-best friend, who is also her past lover. Directed by Luca Guadagnino, the film promises a compelling story with a stellar cast and crew.


Available in: Theaters

Bad Boys 4 (2024)


The Bad Boys franchise continues with its fourth installment in June, bringing back Will Smith and Martin Lawrence as the dynamic detective duo. The sequel, arriving just four years after Bad Boys for Life, also features Vanessa Hudgens, Rhea Seahorn, Ioan Gruffudd, and DJ Khaled.


Available in: Theaters

Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F (2024)

What to Watch: The Top Black-Led Shows and Movies Coming in 2024


Netflix revives the Beverly Hills Cop franchise with its fourth installment, Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F, bringing Eddie Murphy back as Axel Foley after 30 years. The film welcomes back familiar faces and introduces new characters, promising another exciting chapter in the series.


Watch on: Netflix

Flint Strong (2024)

What to Watch: The Top Black-Led Shows and Movies Coming in 2024


The sports biopic Flint Strong, based on the 2015 documentary T-Rex, is set for an August theater release. It tells the story of Claressa “T-Rex” Shields’ journey to the 2012 Olympics, with Ryan Destiny in the lead role. Directed by Rachel Morrison, the film features a strong production team including Barry Jenkins.


Available in: Theaters

Mufasa: The Lion King (2024)


Directed by Barry Jenkins, Mufasa: The Lion King is an animated prequel coming to theaters in December. The film explores the backstory of Mufasa and his brother Scar, with voice roles reprised by Seth Rogen, Billy Eichner, John Kani, and new additions Aaron Pierre and Kelvin Harrison Jr.


Watch in: Theaters

The Piano Lesson (2025)

What to Watch: The Top Black-Led Shows and Movies Coming in 2024


Netflix is set to release The Piano Lesson, an adaptation of August Wilson’s play, featuring a star-studded cast including John David Washington and Samuel L. Jackson. Directed and co-written by Malcolm Washington in his debut, the film promises a powerful narrative.


Watch on: Netflix

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