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

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It may be hard to believe, but we are nearly through the summer season. Thus far this summer, there has been no shortage of big films hitting the screen, Black Widow, Space Jam: A New Legacy, F9 and A Quiet Place II have all made noise at the box office, but there a few more films that will sneak out before the summer is over. August will be filled with a number of releases including The Suicide Squad, Candyman and Beckett. Not to mention, television series like The Godfather of Harlem and What If...? will return. To get a full grasp of everything that is dropping this month, check out the latest edition of #BlackInTheaters.

The Suicide Squad

Release Date: August 6

Where To Watch: HBO Max, In Theaters

Starring: Idris Elba, Viola Davis

Synopsis: "Welcome to hell—a.k.a. Belle Reve, the prison with the highest mortality rate in the US of A. Where the worst Super-Villains are kept and where they will do anything to get out—even join the super-secret, super-shady Task Force X. Today’s do-or-die assignment? Assemble a collection of cons, including Bloodsport, Peacemaker, Captain Boomerang, Ratcatcher 2, Savant, King Shark, Blackguard, Javelin and everyone’s favorite psycho, Harley Quinn. Then arm them heavily and drop them (literally) on the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese. Trekking through a jungle teeming with militant adversaries and guerrilla forces at every turn, the Squad is on a search-and-destroy mission with only Colonel Rick Flag on the ground to make them behave…and Amanda Waller’s government techies in their ears, tracking their every movement. And as always, one wrong move and they’re dead (whether at the hands of their opponents, a teammate, or Waller herself). If anyone’s laying down bets, the smart money is against them—all of them," Warner Bros. Pictures explains.

She Ball

Release Date: August 6

Where To Watch: In Theaters

Starring: Nick Cannon, John "DC Youngfly" Whitfield, Cedric The Entertainer

Synopsis: "On a mission to save his Inglewood community center, Avery Watts enlists a talented basketball player, Shelby, to help him win the grand prize in a street ball tournament. Together, Avery and Shelby challenge local politicians, gangs and their own stereotypes to save their community," Vertical Entertainment writes.

The Godfather Of Harlem

Return Date: August 8

Where To Watch: EPIX

Starring: Forest Whitaker, Nigel Thatch, Antoinette Crow

Synopsis: "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," EPIX stated.

What If…?

Release Date: August 11

Where To Watch: Disney+

Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan

Synopsis: "Enter the multiverse of unlimited possibilities. Marvel Studios' first animated series, What If...?, starts streaming August 11 with new episodes Wednesdays on Disney+. What If… ? features fan-favorite characters, including Peggy Carter, T’Challa, Doctor Strange, Killmonger, Thor and more. The new series, directed by Bryan Andrews with AC Bradley as head writer, features signature MCU action with a curious twist," Disney stated.


Release Date: August 13

Where To Watch: Netflix

Starring: John David Washington

Synopsis: "Following a tragic car accident in Greece, Beckett, an American tourist, finds himself at the center of a dangerous political conspiracy – and on the run for his life," Netflix explained.


Release Date: August 18

Where To Watch: In Theaters

Starring: Jennifer Hudson, Forest Whitaker, Audra McDonald

Synopsis: "To become the Queen, she needed to find her voice. Academy Award® Winner Jennifer Hudson is Aretha Franklin," MGM noted.

Blood Conscious

Release Date: August 20

Where To Watch: In Theaters

Starring: Lenny Thomas, DeShawn White, Oghenero Gbaje

Synopsis: "A vacationing family turns the tables on a mass shooter who claims to be fighting demonic forces," Dark Sky Films explained.

The Protégé

Release Date: August 20

Where To Watch: In Theaters

Starring: Samuel L. Jackson

Synopsis: "Rescued as a child by the legendary assassin Moody and trained in the family business, Anna is the world’s most skilled contract killer. But when Moody – the man who was like a father to her and taught her everything she needs to know about trust and survival – is brutally killed, Anna vows revenge. As she becomes entangled with an enigmatic killer whose attraction to her goes way beyond cat and mouse, their confrontation turns deadly and the loose ends of a life spent killing will weave themselves even tighter," the film's description notes.


Release Date: August 27

Where To Watch: In Theaters

Starring: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Tony Todd, LaKeith Stanfield, Teyonah Parris

Synopsis: "For as long as residents can remember, the housing projects of Chicago’s Cabrini Green neighborhood were terrorized by a word-of-mouth ghost story about a supernatural killer with a hook for a hand, easily summoned by those daring to repeat his name five times into a mirror. In present day, a decade after the last of the Cabrini towers were torn down, visual artist Anthony McCoy and his girlfriend, gallery director Brianna Cartwright, move into a luxury loft condo in Cabrini, now gentrified beyond recognition and inhabited by upwardly mobile millennials. With Anthony’s painting career on the brink of stalling, a chance encounter with a Cabrini Green old-timer exposes Anthony to the tragically horrific nature of the true story behind Candyman. Anxious to maintain his status in the Chicago art world, Anthony begins to explore these macabre details in his studio as fresh grist for paintings, unknowingly opening a door to a complex past that unravels his own sanity and unleashes a terrifying wave of violence that puts him on a collision course with destiny," Universal Pictures wrote.

Vacation Friends

Release Date: August 27

Where To Watch: Hulu

Starring: Yvonne Orji, Lil' Rel Howery

Synopsis: "In this raw and raunchy comedy, straight-laced Marcus and Emily are befriended by wild, thrill-seeking partiers Ron and Kyla at a resort in Mexico. Living in the moment, the usually level-headed couple lets loose to enjoy a week of uninhibited fun and debauchery with their new 'vacation friends.' Months after their walk on the wild side, Marcus and Emily are horrified when Ron and Kyla show up uninvited at their wedding, creating chaos and proving that what happens on vacation, doesn’t necessarily stay on vacation," 20th Century Studios noted.

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