What’s the best way to get the family together? In some cases, nothing does it quite like a good movie. So, we’ve compiled a list of the best Black family movies that your family can gather around a TV to enjoy together.
Are We There Yet?
When it comes to Black family movies, Are We There Yet? is a classic. Ice Cube is Nick Persons, the love interest of Suzanne Kingston. The only problem is that Nick doesn’t like kids, and he is responsible for taking Suzanne’s two children on a road trip. They get into crazy situations, and eventually, Nick comes to care for the kids and vice versa after their trip. Audience reviews are overwhelmingly positive. Expect a good mix of laughs and feelings with this one.
Pixar’s first film with a Black lead, Soul is an animated movie about a middle-school teacher named Joe who has aspirations to be a jazz musician. He finally catches his big break to possibly make it as a musician, but something unexpected happens. No spoilers for this one. If you want a film with a good mix of soulful jazz and a heartfelt story, try Soul.
The Princess and The Frog
The Princess and The Frog is a fantastic Black family movie that stands up well today, so its inclusion on this list is a must. Princess Tiana is the first Black Disney princess. She is strong-willed and independent. Tiana wants to open a restaurant in New Orleans, but her plans get derailed throughout her journey. Get the family together for this one ASAP.
This one comes in at PG-13, but if your family is into superheroes, Black Panther is a no-brainer. T’Challa is one of the most recognizable Black superheroes to hit big screens. He is a king in fictional Wakanda fighting for his home, and he is one of the most powerful characters in the coveted Marvel Cinematic Universe. This film gives young Black children a role model who can help make them feel unstoppable.
The Disney original was remade in 1997 as a live-action with Cinderella being played by a young Black lead, Brandy Norwood. The classic Cinderella story is maintained but adapted to be more modern and have better representation throughout the cast. This adaptation is also a musical, so prepare to have the kids dancing in your living room while you watch this one.
“Welcome to Good Burger, home of the Good Burger. Can I take your order?” If you don’t know that quote, you should. Good Burger is a Nickelodeon spin-off that is full of goofy humor perfect for kids. Kel Mitchell and Kenan Thompson are two teens fighting to compete in the fast-food industry. Your kids will be quoting it for weeks.
What better way to round out the list than a classic like Space Jam? Fronted by one of the greatest Black athletes (and all athletes in general) of all time, Michael Jordan, this is a great family movie that mixes basketball with the Looney Tunes. The theme of representation is back to round out the list with Space Jam. There are also laughs to be had for both you and the kids.
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