Check out all the new trailers released this week.
Titled Enslaved: The Lost History of the Transatlantic Slave Trade
Synopsis: Using new diving technology — such as advanced 3D mapping and ground-penetrating radar — to locate and examine sunken slave ships on three continents, the series reveals an entirely new perspective on the history of the transatlantic slave trade. The series also tracks the efforts of Diving With a Purpose, a collaborating organization with The National Association of Black Scuba Divers, as they search for and locate six slave ships that sank drowning the enslaved humans aboard. Featuring the most dives ever made on sunken slave ships, “Enslaved” also chronicles the first positive identification of a “Freedom Ship,” an American schooner that ferried African American runaways to Canada.”
Each episode follows three separate storylines: the quest for a sunken slave ship, a personal journey by Samuel L. Jackson, and a historical investigation led by investigative journalists Simcha Jacobovici and Afua Hirsch.
Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Afua Hirsch, and Simcha Jacobovici.
Release Date: September 14, 2020 at 10 P.M. ET/PT on EPIX
Synopsis: Coastal Elites is comedic satire film that tells contemporary stories of characters breaking down and breaking through as they grapple with politics, culture and the pandemic. This special presentation explores our current world of deeply divided politics and the universal pursuit of human connection.
Starring: Issa Rae, Katilyn Dever, Bette Midler, Dan Levy, Sarah Paulson,
Release Date: September 12, 2020
Black Love, Season 4
Synopsis: Black Love highlights love stories from the black community and seeks to answer the burning question, what is the secret to making a marriage work? Husband-and-wife filmmakers Codie and Tommy Oliver present real, honest, emotional, and sometimes cringe-worthy love stories from some of the most successful people in business and entertainment as well as everyday couples.
Starring: Bill & Kristen Bellamy, Jazmyn & Dule Hill, Glen & Yvette Henry, Angel & Marcus Tanksley, Terrence & Joy Williams, Dana & Tana McCleese, Anthony & Melanie Clark, Tracci & Tony Warren, Jemele Hill & Ian Wallace, Roxanne & Nikkolai Rowe, Brandi & Kareem Stroud, Surouje & Aisha Harper , Brian & Ariana Stokes, Leslie & Joe Lewis, Aiyana & Ayize Ma’at, and Karega & Felicia Bailey
Release Date: September 5th at 9/8c on OWN
Synopsis: Time follows Fox Rich, an entrepreneur, author, and mother of six who has spent the last 21 years fighting for the release of her husband, Rob, who is serving a 60-year sentence for an offense they both committed. She is assured and committed to sharing their story. When their sons speak to growing up without their father, they do so with a softer vulnerability than Fox can concede to. But home-video diaries she records for Rob offer unfettered glimpses into years of longing, pain, and hopeful anticipation of reuniting.
Release Date: It will hit theaters October 9th and then will be released on Amazon Prime, October 23rd.
Synopsis: To save her small law firm, earnest lawyer Susan (Rachael Leigh Cook) takes a high-paying case from Nick (Damon Wayans Jr.), a charming new client who wants to sue a dating website that guarantees love. But as the case heats up, so do Susan and Nick’s feelings for each other.
Starring: Damon Wayans Jr., Rachael Leigh Cook, Heather Graham and more.
Release Date: September 3rd on Netflix.
On The Rocks
Synopsis: Laura (Rashida Jones) thinks she’s happily hitched, but when her husband Dean (Marlon Wayans) starts logging late hours at the office with a new co-worker, Laura begins to fear the worst. She turns to the one man she suspects may have insight: her charming, impulsive father Felix (Bill Murray), who insists they investigate the situation. As the two begin prowling New York at night, careening from uptown parties to downtown hotspots, they discover at the heart of their journey lies their own relationship.
Starring: Bill Murray, Rashida Jones, Marlon Wayans, Jessica Henwick, Jenny Slate, and Barbara Bain.
Release Date: The film will hit theaters and Apple TV+ this October.
Synopsis: It follows Anna Bludso (newcomer Elle Lorraine), who had a traumatic experience during her childhood when her scalp was burned from a mild relaxer perm. Fast-forward to her adult life in 1989, and she is working at a music video TV show called Culture, which is the epitome of hip hop and New Jack Swing style. Her life is turned upside down when her dreadlocked boss is replaced by Zora (Vanessa Williams), a vicious ex-supermodel who looks to switch things up. When she warns Anna about her natural hair, she goes out and gets a weave from a bougie yet mystical hairdresser (Laverne Cox). She looks good and starts excelling at work with her new hair, but after a while, it begins to have a bloody mind of its own — literally.
Starring: Elle Lorraine, Laverne Cox, Vanessa Williams, Lena Waithe, Jay Pharoah, Kelly Rowland, Blair Underwood, James Van Der Beek, and Usher Raymond.
Release Date: October 23 on Hulu
Synopsis:Season 1 of L.A.’s Finest — which will have its broadcast premiere September 21 on Fox — followed Syd Burnett (Union), who was last seen in Miami taking down a drug cartel and left her complicated past to become an LAPD detective. Paired with a new partner, Nancy McKenna (Alba), a working mom with an equally complex history, Syd was forced to confront how her unapologetic lifestyle was masking a greater personal secret. Taking on the most dangerous criminals in Los Angeles while skirting the rules, and speed limits, Syd and Nancy became a force to be reckoned with – on the streets, and in each other’s lives.
Starring: Gabrielle Union, Jessica Alba
Release Date: September 9th on Spectrum
The Available Wife
Synopsis: When money, affairs, power and lies collide, Nicole Wright (KJ Smith), a beautiful and successful music CEOs life is about to crumble in front of her. While leaving her husband and son, the lies that have built her music empire is threatening to tear her down. While having an affair with Kingston, the sexy artist on the rise who promises her everything, Nicole learns the hard way that looks can be deceiving and his motives are as dark as the secrets she keeps.
Starring: KJ Smith, Terayle Hill, Roger Guenveur Smith, Clifton Powell, and more.
Release Date: It premiere at the first online American Black Film Festival, which kicks off on August 21st
Synopsis: When twelve-year-old Monique Watson disappears from home, her father Michael Watson (Maurice McRae) refuses to give up even as the media and police make little effort in solving the case. The assignment lands in the hands of journalist Christian Baker (Johnny Whitworth), who at first pursues a false lead, turning the entire case upside down. Filled with guilt, Christian helps Michael in the search for his daughter, while facing resistance from the community, the police, and his own publication.
Starring: Maurice McCrae, Zazie Beetz, Johnny Whitworth, Afton Williamson, Jeremy Holm, and Larry Pine.
Release Date: Available in select theaters and virtual cinemas August 28th. Or you can watch it on-demand beginning September 4th.
Synopsis: Ignorance was bliss. New comedy series, Woke, follows Keef, a self-identified non-controversial Black cartoonist on the verge of mainstream success, who starts being confronted about racial inequality by animated inanimate objects shortly after he has an encounter with aggressive San Francisco police officers. The incident changes everything, and “keeping it light” Keef becomes woke, hence the title. With a fresh outlook on the world around him, he must now navigate the new voices in his head and ideas that confront and challenge him, all without letting go of everything he’s already built.
Starring: LaMorne Morris, Sasheer Zamata, Blake Anderson, Lara Goldie, T. Murph, and more.
Release Date: Stream on Hulu beginning September 9.
Judas and the Black Messiah
Synopsis:⠀Directed by Shaka King, Daniel Kaluuya stars as Fred Hampton, the Chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party. Lakeith Stanfield stars as William O’Neal, a felon facing prison time who’s given a deal: Cooperate with the FBI, go undercover in the Black Panther Party, infiltrate Hampton, and destroy him. O’Neal takes the deal, and ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ documents this decision to its frighteningly tragic end.⠀
Starring: Daniel Kaluuya, Lakeith Stanfield, Jesse Plemons, Dominque Fishback, Ashton Sanders, Algee Smith, Lil Rel Howery, Jermaine Fowler, Martin Sheen, Robert Longstreet, Darrell Britt-Gibson, Dominique Thorne, Caleb Eberhardt, and Amari Cheatom.⠀
Release Date: N/A
Synopsis: The film follows the story of an undocumented Filipina trans woman Olivia who is the live-in caregiver for Olga, an elderly Russian woman in Brooklyn’s Brighton Beach neighborhood. Olivia’s main priority is to secure a green card to stay in America, but when she unexpectedly becomes romantically involved with Olga’s adult grandson Alex, issues around identity, civil rights and immigration threaten Olivia’s very existence.
Starring: Isabel Sandoval, Lynn Cohen, Eamon Farren, and more.
Release Date: August 26
Synopsis: Two international spies are sent out to stop World War III from occurring at the hands of a mysterious threat, using the unique technology of time reversal.
Starring: Trai Byers, Bashir Salahuddin, Aja Naomi King, Mo McRae, Tosin Morohunfola, Mykelti Williamson, and Thomas Haden Church.
Release Date: Available on VOD/Digital on August 21st, timed to the anniversary of the Houston Riot of 1917.
Synopsis: It tells this true story of the Mangrove 9, a group of Black activists who clashed with London police during a protest march in 1970, and the highly-publicized trial that followed. The trial was the first judicial acknowledgment of behavior motivated by racial hatred within the Metropolitan Police.
Starring:Letitia Wright, Shaun Parkes, Malachi Kirby, Rochenda Sandall, Jack Lowden, Sam Spruell, Gershwyn Eustache Jr, Nathaniel Martello-White, Richie Campbell, Jumayn Hunter, and Gary Beadle.
Release Date: N/A