#BlackInTheaters: 10 Black TV Shows And Movies Coming In April

April is setting up to be a fantastic month for Black entertainers and creatives. This April, the Oscar-nominated Two Distant Strangers short film will arrive on Netflix. With performances from Joey Bada$$ and Zaria, the film has already earned rave reviews. Not to mention, there are a number of series set to return this spring. A Black Lady Sketch Show, City On A Hill and Godfather of Harlem are set to return for sophomore seasons. Not to mention, Lena Waithe is gearing up to drop her new series on Amazon Prime called Them. With everything coming out this April, here's calendar with 10 Black shows and movies set to debut this April.

City On A Hill

Available On: Showtime

Premiere Date: March 28

Starring: Aldis Hodge, Gloria Reuben

Description: Corrupt FBI agent Jackie Rohr is back, looking to exploit Boston's criminal justice system in a desperate attempt to salvage his own career. Unfortunately for Jackie, ADA Decourcy Ward is onto his adversary’s latest misstep. Starring Kevin Bacon and Aldis Hodge.

Concrete Cowboy

Available On: Netflix

Premiere Date: April 2

Starring: Caleb McLaughlin, Idris Elba

Description: While spending the summer in North Philadelphia, a troubled teen (Caleb McLaughlin) is caught between a life of crime and his estranged father’s (Idris Elba) vibrant urban-cowboy subculture. Based on the novel Ghetto Cowboy by G. Neri, Concrete Cowboy is directed by Ricky Staub and co-stars Jharrel Jerome, Byron Bowers, Lorraine Toussaint and Clifford "Method Man" Smith.

Two Distant Strangers

Available On: Netflix

Premiere Date: April 9

Starring: Jo-Vaughn "Joey Bada$$" Scott, Zaria

Description: In Two Distant Strangers, cartoonist Carter James’ repeated attempts to get home to his dog are thwarted by a recurring deadly encounter that forces him to re-live the same awful day over and over again.


Available On: Amazon Prime

Premiere Date: April 9

Starring: Deborah Ayorinde, Ashley Thomas

Description: Them is a limited anthology series that explores terror in America. The first season, 1950s-set covenant centers around a Black family who move from North Carolina to an all-white Los Angeles neighborhood during the period known as The Great Migration. The family’s idyllic home becomes ground zero where malevolent forces, next door and otherworldly, threaten to taunt, ravage and destroy them.

Dad, Stop Embarrassing Me!

Available On: Netflix

Premiere Date: April 14

Starring: Jamie Foxx, David Alan Grier

Description: A single dad and cosmetics brand owner figures out fatherhood on the fly when his strong-minded teen daughter moves in with him.

Mortal Kombat

Available On: HBO Max

Premiere Date: April 16

Starring: Mehcad Brooks, Sisi Stringer

Description: MMA fighter Cole Young (Lewis Tan) is unaware of his heritage - or why Outworld’s Emperor seeks to hunt him down. Cole finds sanctuary under Lord Raiden (Tadanobu Asano) and prepares to stand with Earth’s greatest champions against the enemies of Outworld in a high-stakes battle for the universe. Will Cole be able to unleash his arcana in time to stop the Outworld once and for all?

Godfather of Harlem

Available On: EPIX

Premiere Date: April 18

Starring: Forest Whitaker, Ilfenesh Hadera

Description: Godfather of Harlem Season 2 finds Bumpy Johnson battling the New York Crime Families for control of the lucrative and murderous “French Connection,” the pipeline for heroin that runs from Marseilles to New York Harbor. With a distribution syndicate that includes black crime bosses from other major U.S. cities, Bumpy takes a cue from his friend Malcolm X’s message of black economic nationalism. His ambitious plan will face challenges from not only the Italians but his wife Mayme, daughter Elise, rival Adam Clayton Powell, prosecutor Robert Morgenthau, and even Malcolm himself. Once again, Godfather of Harlem explores the collision of the criminal underworld and civil rights in the colorful, tumultuous year of 1964.

A Black Lady Sketch Show

Available On: HBO Max

Premiere Date: April 23

Starring: Lacy Mosley, Skye Townsend

Description: The narrative sketch comedy series features a core cast of Black women living relatable, hilarious experiences in a magical reality that subverts traditional expectations. Joining the cast this season are featured players Laci Mosley and Skye Townsend, plus returning core cast members Robin Thede, Gabrielle Dennis and Ashley Nicole Black.

The Outside Story

Available On: In Theaters

Premiere Date: April 30

Starring: Brian Tyree Henry, Sonequa Martin-Green

Description: Brian Tyree Henry takes on his first big-screen lead role as Charles Young, a broken-hearted video editor. Perceiving a betrayal of trust as a sign his girlfriend Isha (Sonequa Martin-Green) is leaving him, Charles preemptively blows up his relationship and sequesters himself at home. The fates do not comply and Charles locks himself out of his apartment. Stumbling into a transformational, timely odyssey exploring his community, Charles meets a dynamic ensemble of previously avoided neighbors (including Sunita Mani, Olivia Edward and Asia Kate Dillon) who show him everyone's got issues and it never helps to keep them all locked up.

Available On: Amazon Prime

Premiere Date: April 30

Starring: Michael B. Jordan, Lauren London

Description: Tom Clancy's Without Remorse, or simply Without Remorse, is an upcoming American action thriller film starring Michael B. Jordan directed by Stefano Sollima and written by Taylor Sheridan and Will Staples. It is based on the 1993 novel of the same name by Tom Clancy and a spin-off of the Jack Ryan film series. The film tells the origin story of John Kelly (aka John Clark), a U.S. Navy SEAL, who uncovers an international conspiracy while seeking justice for the murder of his pregnant wife by Russian soldiers. When Kelly joins forces with fellow SEAL Karen Greer and shadowy CIA agent Robert Ritter, the mission unwittingly exposes a covert plot that threatens to engulf the U.S. and Russia in an all-out war.

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