African American Excellence On The Big Screen

November 21st, 2022African American Excellence On The Big Screen

Massive blockbusters like BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER, moving dramas like TILL and DEVOTION based on true stories, and upcoming emotionally-driven sports movies like CREED III all showcase African American excellence on the big screen. These films, and others like them, have brought those stories to packed movie houses around the country, or will soon do so in the coming weeks and months, lifting audiences out of their seats and into worlds both imagined and real, and full of hope and empowerment.

AMC Theatres, which leads efforts to make Black voices heard through a showcase of great films, documentaries, and specials, also strives to strengthen its culture to embrace diversity with fairness and impartiality through initiatives like the Council on the AMC African American Experience. This group, which aims to create a more inclusive work environment, takes into consideration everyone who comes into one of its hundreds of locations nationwide to evolve and become a more modern, diverse, and accommodating movie destination.

The six titles listed below are just part of the Council’s ongoing plans for AMC Theatres to showcase African American excellence…


Based on the true story of Emmett Till (Jalyn Hall), the 14-year-old Chicago boy who was brutally murdered while visiting family in Mississippi in 1955, TILL recounts the unintentional Civil Rights figure’s fateful trip and final days. The movie is directed by Chinonye Chukwu and focuses on how his mom, Mamie Till Mobley (Danielle Deadwyler) relentlessly pursued justice for her slain son and helped usher in one of the most transformative eras in American history.

This Academy Award® hopeful opened in AMC Theatres in October, but there should still be plenty of time to give it a watch before it concludes its theatrical run.


Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Audiences were finally taken back to the reclusive African kingdom of Wakanda in November 2022, when Ryan Coogler’s long-awaited sequel to BLACK PANTHER opened in theatres. Incorporating the real-life loss of Chadwick Boseman, who passed away in August 2020, BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER picks up following the death of King T’Challa, leaving his family, and kingdom in a state of mourning and turmoil.

The Marvel Phase 4 movie opened in November, and quickly became one of the most successful movies of the year thanks in part to its stunning visuals, intense action sequences, and emotional story. At the center of the movie’s complex narrative is a story about two indigenous populations willing to do anything to preserve and protect their people and culture from outside influences.


The Inspection

Elegance Bratton’s feature film directorial debut THE INSPECTION, tells the story of Ellis French (Jeremy Pope), a young, gay Black man who enlists in the United States Marine Corps. in hopes of making a new life for himself after being turned away by his mother. But Ellis’ journey proves to be no easy venture as he fights through the day-to-day grind of basic training, the prejudice and attacks of his fellow recruits, and his own personal demons stemming from a lifetime of feeling unaccepted by the world.

The A24 movie, which is inspired by Bratton’s own experiences, opened in AMC Theatres nationwide on November 18th, and will surely be one that remains in the conversation of African American excellence moving forward.



Before he shows up in ANT-MAN AND THE WASP: QUANTUMANIA and CREED III early next year, Jonathan Majors will take to the skies in J.D. Dillard’s biographical war drama DEVOTION, which will see the MCU baddie take on the role of U.S. Navy pilot Jesse Brown during the Korean War. Also starring TOP GUN: MAVERICK standout Glen Powell, who takes on the role of pilot Tom Hudner, the movie will bring to the big screen one of the most celebrated partnerships in American avionics, as well as a story about friendship and trust in a time when races were so heavily divided.

One of the big Thanksgiving movies to bring the whole family together, DEVOTION begins showing in AMC Theatres on November 23rd.


I Wanna Dance With Somebody

In February 2012, one of the most triumphant voices in the music industry went silent when Whitney Houston passed away at the age of 48 years old. The successful and highly influential singer and actress will soon get the biographical drama treatment with the release of Kasi Lemmons’ I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY. Inspired by the title of one of Houston’s signature tracks, the movie will see Naomi Ackie take on the role of the Grammy® winner as she goes from a relatively unknown singer to one of the most famous musical artists of all time.

Set to be released just before the Christmas holiday weekend, I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY will open in AMC Theatres nationwide on December 23, 2022.


Creed III

Michael B. Jordan will make his directorial debut in early 2023 with the release of CREED III, which looks to be the most personal entry in the boxing franchise yet. At the top of the world, Adonis Creed (Jordan) comes crashing back to reality after a childhood friend, Damian Anderson (Jonathan Majors), gets out of prison and looks to prove himself in the ring against the world champion. The grueling and incredibly personal battle of strength – both physically and mentally – that is to follow will test Creed as a fighter and a man.

CREED III, which also sees the return of Tessa Thompson, Wood Harris, and Phylicia Rashad, will open in AMC Theatres locations nationwide starting March 3, 2023.


Each of these movies highlights African American excellence in a significant way, whether it be the story, director, or actors bringing the movies to life on the screen.

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