Every month The Reel Effect gives you the only list you need for April television and movies releases starring black talent! This month we have 9 projects, each reflecting diverse narratives and strong Black talent, check them out below!
Pose – 5/2 – FX
In the final season of Pose, it’s now 1994 and ballroom feels like a distant memory for Blanca who struggles to balance being a mother with being a present partner to her new love, and her latest role as a nurse’s aide. Meanwhile, as AIDS becomes the leading cause of death for Americans ages 25 to 44, Pray Tell contends with unexpected health burdens. Elsewhere, the emergence of a vicious new upstart house forces the House of Evangelista members to contend with their legacy.
Monster – 5/7 – Netflix
Steve Harmon is a 17-year-old honor student whose world comes crashing down when he’s charged with felony murder. He soon faces a complex legal battle that could leave him spending the rest of his life in prison.
Ziwe – 5/9 – Showtime
ZIWE is the riotously funny, new variety series from writer, comedian and internet sensation, Ziwe. A no-holds-barred mix of musical numbers, interviews and sketches that challenge America’s discomfort with race, politics, & other cultural issues.
Spiral – 5/14 – Movie Theaters
Working in the shadow of his father, Detective Ezekiel “Zeke” Banks (Chris Rock) and his rookie partner take charge of an investigation into grisly murders that are eerily reminiscent of the city’s gruesome past. Unwittingly entrapped in a deepening mystery, Zeke finds himself at the center of the killer’s morbid game. The Saw sequel also stars Samuel L. Jackson and Max Minghella, and can be seen in select movie theaters on May 14th.
Uncensored: DMX – 5/16 – TV ONE
Legendary Rapper and Actor DMX’s final two part interview is set to air on TV One on Sunday, May 16th. The interview was recorded just three weeks before the icons death. The first part of the interview is scheduled to air Sunday, May 16, at 8 p.m. ET ahead of the annual Urban One Honors awards ceremony telecast.
Run The World – 5/16 – STARZ
The story of a group of Black women who work, live, and play in Harlem as they strive for world domination. They’re not only surviving – but thriving together. The series stars Amber Stevens, Andrea Bordeaux, and Bresha Webb and premieres Sunday, May 16th at 8:30pm ET on STARZ.
In Treatment – 5/23 – HBO
After more than a decade off the air, In Treatment, the Golden Globe-winning series returned with Dr. Brooke Taylor (Uzo Aduba) as the psychoanalyst. Her task: help her patients navigate a variety of modern concerns, including the global pandemic and shifts in the social and cultural landscapes. But she has her own complications in her personal life to deal with while helping her patients with theirs. Season four premiers May 23rd on HBO at 9pm EST.
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