The holiday season is the perfect time to binge watch feel good movies that remind you of family, friends, community and love. This season there are dozens of movies featuring actors of color and we are here to highlight as many as we can. Every network from Hallmark and Lifetime to BET+, TV One and more are dropping new holiday movies so check out our list below. And if you are having issues figuring out how to watch these movies a lot of the full movies are on Youtube for the holidays!
Kirk Franklin’s A Gospel Christmas – Lifetime
Executive Produced by Kirk Franlin this Christmas movie will surely get you in the Christmas caroling spirit. Starring Demetria McKinney as Olivia and Chaz Lamar Shepherd as Ashton, this Lifetime movie is about a young assistant pastor, Olivia, that is dealing with transitioning into lead pastor at a new church. During this transition she is faced with several obstacles but finds her community and even love during the holiday season.
Soul Santa – BET+
Starring David and Tamela Mann, BET+ is giving us something new as we see David Mann play a gambler and enforcer as he makes the worst bet of his life and is forced to disguise himself as Santa Claus. In this funny, holiday movie we get to see more of the Mann family where their daughter Tiffany Mann makes a cameo in the film. You can watch The Reel Effect’s interview with Tiffany Mann here!
Miracles Across 125th Street – VH1
Nick Canon surprises us with a star studded Christmas movie this season with Miracles Across 125th Street, about a Harlem rapper that returns to his family’s church on Christmas Eve to confront his past. Written and directed by Nick Cannon the film stars a plethora of actors and musicians like Lil Kim, Teyanah Taylor, Chrisette Michele, Akon, Jim Jones, as well as Kierra Sheard-Kelly, and many more!
Merry Liddle Christmas Baby – Lifetime
The third film of the Liddle Christmas saga is here! Jacquie Liddle (Kelly Rowland) and her husband Tyler (Thomas Cadrot) are expecting their first baby and the family is busy making sure they hit all the Liddle Christmas traditions.
Produced by Liddle Road Productions III Ltd and Charles Cooper. Kelly Rowland, Loretha Jones, Tim Weatherspoon and Denielle Jackson serve as executive producers.
Single All The Way – Netflix
Single All The Way is a Canadian holiday romantic comedy Michael Mayer and written by Chad Hodge, starring Michael Urie and Philemon Chambers. Dreading the Christmas holiday at his parents home, Peter, convinces his best friend, Nick, to pretend to be his boyfriend for a week. Things quickly change when Peter’s family actually try to hook Peter up with another suitor.
A Sisterly Christmas – OWN
‘OWN for the Holidays’ is brining us new movies this holiday season with A Sisterly Christmas starring Deborah Joy Winans (‘Greenleaf’) and Lisa Michelle Cornelius (‘Band Ladies’). Two sisters Kristina and Vicky receive an inheritance from their aunt, sending them on a luxurious holiday vacation. After running into their childhood rival the sisters are tested in ways they haven’t experienced before.
Hip Hop Family Christmas – VH1
Producer Jamie Foxx brings together a star studded cast of entertainment pros, including musicians and actors like Ne-yo, Terrance J, Keri Hilson, Seraya, MC Lyte, Redman, and more! The film follows hip-hops most famous family as the try to repair their image after bad press and scandals. The family seeks out to film in a live Christmas television special but realize the special is a lot more difficult to record than expected.
Someday At Christmas – TV One
TV One’s Christmas movie, Someday At Christmas, is about two strangers meet on Christmas Eve and loose contact only to reunite after a series of unexpected events but this time they find that life is a little bit more complicated. Written by Eric Dickens (creator of Makeup x Breakup webseries) and directed by Vanessa Bell Calloway, starring Thomas Q. Jones and Asia’h Epperson.
A Rich Christmas – BET+
BET+ brings us another holiday movie, A Rich Christmas, staring Bill Bellamy, Vanessa Estelle Williams, Brandee Evans, Denise Boutte, and RaVal Davis. Check out the movie synopsis and trailer below.
“A spoiled and ungrateful socialite learns a valuable lesson one Christmas after her wealthy father forces her to work at the first property he ever owned — a family homeless center.”
Patti LaBelle’s Holiday Party – TV One
This holiday season Patti LaBelle is inviting you into her home to celebrate the holidays with her family and friends over good food, deserts, and her famous holiday punch.
Our Christmas Journey – Hallmark
Two divorced parents are working through a tough decision on what to do with their autistic son, should he live with his father or not. The film starts Holly Robinson Peete, Lyriq Bent, and Nick Sanchez.
A Christmas Stray – OWN
A man, Ethan (Andra Fuller), finds himself stranded in a small town on Christmas Eve after a dog runs him off the road, and now he can’t get rid of the stray dog. While trying to figure out his next steps Ethan finds himself falling for the towns veterinarian Foster (Rhyon Nicole Brown).
A Chestnut Family Christmas – OWN
A professional pastry chef, Nina Chestnut (Meagan Holder), finds herself lying to her brothers about her life after she agrees to host Christmas dinner. To help her execute this plan her best friend, Malcolm Butler (Brad James), to pretend to be her fiance for Christmas.
Merry Switchmas – BET+
Identical twin sisters find themselves switching places for their parents annual Christmas party and find out some new truths about their family and themselves before the night is out. Directed by Christopher Nolan this film stars Rachel Aladdin, Rebekah Aladdin, Peter Parros, Valerie Pettiford, and Thea Camara.
Christmas DeJa Vu – BET+
An aspiring singer, Kandi, has lost her love for the holidays after the death of her father, but everything is about to change when an angel gives Kandi a Christmas wish and makes her dreams come true. Directed and written by Christel Gibson, Christmas DeJa Vu stars Amber Riley, Loretta Devine, Jessica Nicole Brown, and Tanya Chislom.
A Naija Christmas – Netflix
A mothers Christmas wish is to see one of her sons get married, and the final ultimatum is that the son that gets engaged first will be the one to inherit the family home.
The Santa Stakeout – Hallmark
Two police detectives are partnered together to solve a series of thefts happening at high profile holiday parties around town. To bag the thieves detectives Tanya Morris (Tamera Mowry-Housely) and Ryan Anderson (Paul Campbell) go undercover as newlyweds moving into the town and partaking in its festivities, soon the cover starts feeling real as the two get caught up in the Christmas spirit.
Christmas For Sale – BET+
Written by Camara Davis, Dan Garcia and Mike Mayhall as well as directed by Mike Mayhall this film stars Shanti Lowry, Nadine Ellis, and Aaron D. Spears.
Check out the movie synopsis below: “Real Estate Mogul Terri McKenzie finds herself with a case of mistaken identity when Billionaire George Camden needs help with his divorce proceedings. When she falls in too deep, can the truth save her company and her heart?”
Who Is Christmas Eve? – Bounce TV
Bounce TV’s holiday film, Who Is Christmas Eve? follows a young woman, Eve Simmons, who was abandoned at birth on Christmas Eve with only a locket to give her any clues about her parents. Eve decides to find the identity of her birth parents and request the help from her boyfriend who hires a famed investigative genealogist to help them. The film stars Paige Hurd and Romeo Miller alongside Alex Wong, Juliana Harkavy, and Pam Slaton. Slaton also produced the film and she pulled from real life cases to build out the storyline.
A Christmas Treasure – Hallmark Channel
“Lou and Kyle met in the Pine Grove, they both have doubts about their future, but the magic of the holiday season and the connection they have, helps each of their journeys.”
A Picture Perfect Holiday – Lifetime
Miracle in Motor City – Lifetime
You Make It Feel Like Christmas – (Lifetime)
Baking Spirits Bright – Lifetime
A Christmas Dance Reunion – (Lifetime)
A Jenkins Family Christmas – (BET+)
The Business of Christmas 2 – (BET+)
A Christmas Wish – BET+
An Ice Wine Christmas – Lifetime
Welcome to the Christmas Family Reunion – Lifetime
My Favorite Christmas Melody – Lifetime
A Fiance For Christmas – Lifetime
Holiday In Santa Fe – Lifetime
Mistletoe In Montana – Lifetime
A Christmas Flow – Netflix
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