Spotlight Screenings

The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder

Courtesy of Disney+

A continuation of the acclaimed series, “The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder” follows the adventures and misadventures of newly 14-year-old Penny Proud and her Proud Family as they navigate modern life with hilarity and heart. The 2020s brings new career highs for mom Trudy, wilder dreams for dad Oscar and new challenges for Penny, including a socially woke neighbor who thinks she has a lot to teach her, bullying social media influencers who want to cancel her and her own teenage hormones.

Cast: Kyla Pratt, Tommy Davidson, Paula Jai Parker, JoMarie Payton, Cedric the Entertainer | Executive produced by Bruce W. Smith, Ralph Farquhar


Courtesy of Onyx Collective

Following the deaths of two young women due to childbirth complications, two bereaved families galvanize activists, birth-workers and physicians to reckon with one of the most pressing American crises today: the US maternal health crisis.

Directed by: Paula Eiselt, Tonya Lewis Lee | Produced by: Paula Eiselt, Tonya Lewis Lee | Executive Produced by: Dawn Porter, Jenny Raskin, Geralyn White Dreyfous, Patty Quillin, Jennifer and Jonathan Allan Soros, Tegan Acton, Emma Pompetti, Janet Tittiger, Davis Guggenheim, Rahdi Taylor

Down With the King


Courtesy of Sony Pictures Entertainment

Rap star Money Merc (Freddie Gibbs) has been sent by his manager, Paul, to a rural house in the Berkshires to focus on his next album. Disenchanted with his music career and the 24/7 upkeep that such fame entails, Merc has no desire to write or record music. Instead, he spends most of his time at his neighbor’s farm learning about farming and enjoying the simplicity of country life. After Merc abruptly announces his retirement on Twitter, Paul rushes to the countryside to lure him back into the music industry.

Directed by: Diego Ongaro | Produced by: Rob Cristiano, Zach LeBeau, Kim Jackson | Screenplay by: Xabi Molia, Diego Ongaro | Cast: Freddie Gibbs, Jamie Neumann, David Krumholtz, Sharon Washington, Bob Tarasuk

BET HER Presents: Content for Change, An Exclusive Preview of Upcoming Shorts

Courtesy of BET Networks

A compilation of clips from BET HER “Her Stories” franchise – a platform used to empower the next generation of Black women filmmakers through a curated selection of original movies. These short films will premiere in July for Minority Mental Health Month and October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Q&A with Naturi Naughton, Director of Behind The Smile! And LisaRaye McCoy, Director of The Pink Fight. Moderated by Executive Producer Tressa “Azarel” Smallwood.

Stranger Next Door


Courtesy of TV One

Former police detective Rochelle Sellers (Vicky Jeudy) has had a year for the ages. After being shot by an unknown assailant and forced to retire, she divorces her husband and has to testify against him as the key witness in a high-profile police corruption trial. To ensure she is protected, she decided to live in seclusion and take on the role of caretaker for her ill father. However, when Jesse Holmes (Skyh Black) moves in next door, Rochelle is smitten. The perceived fairy tale takes a turn for the worst when it appears that Jesse is not the man he professes to be.

Directed by: Victoria Rowell | Executive Produced by: Jami McCoy-Lankford, Je’Caryous Johnson | Cast: Tim Reid (Ernest Sellers), Vicky Jeudy (Rochelle Sellers), Skyh Black (Jesse Holmes) | Produced for TV One by: Je’Caryous Johnson (Je’Caryous Productions), Jami McCoy-Lankford (Hillionaire Productions)

Right to Offend: The Black Comedy Revolution

Courtesy of A&E Networks

This new two-part documentary event explores the progression of Black comedy and the comedians who have used pointed humor to expose, challenge and ridicule society’s injustices and to articulate the Black experience in America. The series examines Black comedy through a unique lens, tracing the evolution and social awakening of the courageous comedians who dared to push against the constraints of their time and spoke truth to power.

Directed by: Mario Diaz, Jessica Sherif | Executive Produced by: Alexa Conway, Mario Diaz, Loren Hammonds, Lance Nichols, Ian Orefice, Jessica Sherif, Brad Abramson, Elaine Frontain Bryant

After Jackie

Courtesy of The History Channel and The SpringHill Company

During the 75th anniversary year of Jackie Robinson becoming the first Black player allowed to play Major League Baseball, this new two-hour documentary from SpringHill Company “After Jackie” tells the often-overlooked story of the second wave of talented Black baseball players after Jackie Robinson, including Bill White, Curt Flood and Bob Gibson, who fought battles on and off the field to demand a fairer and more inclusive America for African Americans, and athletes around the world.

Executive Produced by: LeBron James, Maverick Carter, Jamal Henderson, Phil Byron of The Spring Hill Company; Stanley Nelson, Andre Gaines; Eli Lehrer, Jim Pasquarella of the HISTORY® Channel: Nick Trotta, Jon O’Sheal of Major League Baseball

A League of Their Own

Courtesy of Prime Video

A League of Their Own evokes the joyful spirit of Penny Marshall’s beloved classic, while widening the lens to tell the story of an entire generation of women who dreamed of playing professional baseball. The show takes a deeper look at race and sexuality, following the journey of a whole new ensemble of characters as they carve their own paths towards the field, both in the League and outside of it.

Cast: Abbi Jacobson, Chanté Adams | Co-creator: Will Graham | Executive Produced by Will Graham, Desta Tedros Reff | Head of DEI, Prime Video: Latasha Gillespie

Rap Sh!t

Courtesy of Warner Bros. Discovery and HBO

RAP SH!T follows two estranged high school friends from Miami, Shawna and Mia, who reunite to form a rap group. Screening will be followed by a talkback for festival ticket holders and press, allowing for a first look at the new series and to hear from creators and on-camera talent.

Cast: Aida Osman, KaMillion, Jonica Booth, Devon Terrell, RJ Cyler | Written by: Issa Rae | Show runner: Syreeta Singleton | Executive Produced by: Issa Rae (HOORAE), Syreeta Singleton, Montreal McKay (HOORAE), Dave Becky (3 Arts Entertainment), Jonathan Berry (3 Arts Entertainment), Deniese Davis

Black Love – Season 6, Ep 3

Courtesy of Confluential Films

Black Love, from filmmakers Codie Elaine Oliver & Tommy Oliver and Confluential Films, seeks to answer, “What does it take to make a marriage work?” In the 6th and final season premiere, a diverse set of couples detail the early days of their relationship and how they knew the other was the one. From meeting and marrying in under a year, break ups to make ups, dating a coworker, and a pre-prison proposal, these couples highlight their beginnings and the hurdles they faced along the way.

Couples: Remy Ma & Papoose, Kenric & Sonequa Martin-Green, Ashleigh Blaine Featherson & Darroll Jenkins, Codie & Tommy Oliver

Directed by: Codie Elaine Oliver | Executive Produced by: Tommy Oliver and Codie Elaine Oliver | Edited by: Christopher Scott Cherot | Cinematography by: Tommy Oliver