In honor of the Emmy Nominations announcements, let’s talk about some Black led gems!!
It feels like we are in a renaissance for Black entertainment. There are so many great TV shows and movies written by, produced by, directed by and/or starring Black men and women across various streaming platforms — WE ARE SPOILED!
Nevertheless, with there being so much great content, we thought there is a chance you may have missed some. So here is a small, non-exhaustive list to point you in the direction of some shows you may have missed this year!The Man Who Fell To Earth (Showtime)
This is one of the crazier ones! It follows an alien played by Chiwetel Ejiofor who crashes to earth and must find a human woman played by Naomi Harris in order to save humanity and its earth. The pilot is drags into the world by showing you what it might be like to experience Earth with heightened senses. And from the journey begins. It’s on Showtime and if you like Sci fi stories, this will be right up your alley!
Snowfall ran it’s fourth and penultimate season in 2022. And if you like crime stories this is definitely one you won’t want to miss. The show is set in Southern California and follows Franklin Saint played by Damson Idris as he becomes the go between for the hood and the CIA’s crack. It’s almost like watching a history lesson wrapped in quality entertainment. The fifth and final season should be here in 2023 and promises to wrap the story up with a bang! They continue to make John Singleton proud with this series — REST IN POWER.
Abbott Elementary (ABC)
Think The Office on an elementary school campus — enough said. Created by and starring Quinta Brunson, the show follows the life of faculty and students at Abbott Elementary, shot like a documentary. She said she created the show being inspired by one of her teachers from Elementary school. Anything honoring the work of our teachers is worth a watch! Check it out!!!
Bel Air (Peacock)
Remakes are hit or miss sometimes. Bel Air was a hit. If you like the original Fresh Prince starring Will Smith, you will appreciate what they do with this series. Updated for this era’s youth and told as a drama, allowing them to burrow into the characters in ways the sitcom didn’t, makes this a quality reinvention of a staple TV show from the 90s. It isn’t perfect, but it’s fun and has a lot going for itself!
Swagger ( Apple TV+)
Executively Produced by Kevin Durant, is a basketball teen drama set in Baltimore, Maryland. It’s more or less, a fictionalized version of Kevin Durant’s story coming up as a highly recruited basketball prospect. It’s an interesting story and speaks on some important themes like social justice and the effect social media has on the minds and self-esteem of young athletes.
These are only a few of the shows to check out this year and there are more on the way. If you have any we should watch, let us know in the comments!