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Here's What TV Series and Films We're Looking Forward to This Fall

So far in 2022, Black men have delivered game-changing content in the streaming and theatrical movie release industry ranging from Jordan Peele’s Nope to John Boyega’s performance in Breaking. But there is still more to come and Black creators are planning to keep the new and invigorating content coming throughout the fall and final months of 2022. We can expect to see work from Tyler Perry, Jordan Peele and more in the upcoming season.

Check out our list of tv shows and films we're looking forward to seeing.

A Jazzman’s Blues | Netflix - September 23

Perry is taking a break from his Madea series, and going back to the beginning with his upcoming Netflix film A Jazzman’s Blues. The billionaire multi-media mogul initially began developing the film prior to becoming a playwright and filmmaker.

The film stars Joshua Boone and the story of the film spans 40 years as the plot unfolds to discover what led to a Black jazz musician's tragic demise in 1947. The film itself revolves around a forbidden love story between a Black man and a biracial woman. On the musical side, the film will feature songs by Spike Lee’s musical collaborator Terence Blanchard, with long-time composer Aaron Zigman working on the musical score. The film is sure to be one to watch because it explores the struggles of Black men from the past, showing that some of these same struggles, especially in regard to the mixing of races are still prevalent today. Also, audiences will get to see what the jazz scene was like in the 1940s which hasn’t really been depicted in film or on television. A JazzMan’s Blues premiered at The Toronto Film Festival and will arrive on Netflix on September 23rd.

Sidney | Apple TV+ - September 23

Reginald Hudlin has joined forces with media powerhouse Oprah Winfrey and Apple TV+ to examine the life of late Black Hollywood icon Sidney Poitier in a documentary titled Sidney. The documentary will explore Poiter’s life and historic career in depth offering a never before seen look at who Poiter was and represented. Poiter was notably the first Black man to win an Oscar for Best Actor, setting the blueprint for actors such as Denzel Washington and Will Smith to follow in his footsteps. Sidney will be available for streaming on Apple TV+ on September 23rd and play in select movie theaters.

Abbott Elementary | Hulu ABC - September 21

After his first Emmy nomination, Tyler James Williams is returning to Abbott Elementary for season two as Gregory Eddie. Williams’ character has grown from substitute teacher to full-time first-grade teacher. What makes Williams' performance one to watch is not just his comedic flare, but the interesting take on Black males working in education. Abbott Elementary returned on September 21st.

Zatima | BET+ Original - September 29

Tyler Perry’s Sistas character Zac will be getting his own spotlight in a spinoff of the series coming to BET+ called Zatima. The Perry series will further explore the Sistas characters Zac (played by Devale Ellis) and Fatima (played by Crystal Renee Hayslett) and their relationship. From his initial introduction on Sistas, Zac’s story arcs have resonated with Black men, especially his character dealing with learning that he is a father, rebuilding his life after incarceration and forming new relationships. Zatima will also show how Zac continues to deal with complex situations that many Black men have experienced. Zatima will arrive on BET+ on September 29th.

Black Adam | TheaterS - October 21

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s long-awaited DC anti-hero action film Black Adam will come to theaters on October 21st. We always see Johnson play the “good” guy, but with Black Adam audiences will get to see him play a complex hero that has means of exacting justice that are morally ambiguous. Black Adam also stars Aldis Hodge.

WENDELL & WILD | Theaters - October 21

While there is a lot to expect from live-action films depicting the joys and struggles of Black men, Jordan Peele will be exploring stop-motion animation in his film Wendell & Wild. The animated flick will feature the voice of Peele as Wild, and Keegan-Michael Key as Wendell, two demon brothers looking for a way to enter the Land of the Living. The dark animated comedy will arrive next month in time for Halloween in select movie theaters on October 21st, while later arriving on Netflix the following week on October 28th. One reason to look forward to Wendell & Wild is because of its boldness when it comes to the plot. Also, the animated film will explore an unconventional look at the relationship dynamics within Black brotherhood.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever | Theaters - November 11

It’s been two years since the death of Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman, but his legacy will be honored in the upcoming sequel to 2018’s Black Panther, titled Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. The sequel will explore the characters dealing with the loss of T’Challa. The film will also give Winston Duke’s character M’Buku a prominent role. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever comes to theaters on November 11th.

The Inspection | Theaters - November 18

The fall season is usually heavy with film releases that have dramatic plots. The Jeremy Pope-led military drama The Inspection will arrive in November.

Pope plays a young man who enlists in the Marines but has trouble hiding his sexuality, which makes him the victim of near-lethal hazing. The film also tackles Pope’s character's complicated relationship with his unapproving mother played by Gabrielle Union. The film is said to be inspired by a true story. With his role in the film, Pope steps into leading man status on the big screen after years of playing supportive roles in film and television. It will be interesting to watch how Pope carries the film, as well as how his portrayal of the character will depict the struggle that many Black men face of gaining acceptance from family, especially gaining acceptance from parents to see them for who and what they truly are. Like Perry’s film, The Inspection premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and will head to movie theaters on November 18th.

DEVOTION | Theaters - November 23

Jonathan Majors will portray the role of the Korean War U.S. Navy fighter pilot Jesse Brown in Devotion. The film will explore the friendship between Brown and his fellow naval officer Tom Hudner, as they fought for the US during the Korean War. Brown and Hudner became the most celebrated wingmen in the U.S. Navy during The Korean War. Majors is becoming a major Hollywood star to watch from his famed role in HBO’s Lovecraft Country to playing Kang the Conqueror in the upcoming Marvel film Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. Devotion will be released on November 23rd.

The Best Man: The Final Chapters | Peacock - December 21

As fall comes to a close and we roll into the Christmas season, we have the return of the men from The Best Man film series continuing their journey in the Peacock spin-off The Best Man: The Final Chapters. The limited series comes nine years after the release of the 2013 The Best Man Holiday, and 23 years after the release of the original The Best Man film. All actors from the film series, which include Taye Diggs, Morris Chestnut, Terrence Howard and Harold Perrineau will reprise their roles from the film in the limited series, which arrives on Peacock on December 21st. It will be one to watch to see how much these Black men have grown and evolved over a nearly 25-year period.

So we'll just have to stay tuned to see what these films have to offer and more this fall.

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