This past year was full of talented black creators winning in the best way. As 2018 peeks around the corner, we have much more blackness to look forward to. The black experience encapsulates a myriad of different aspects and we certainly have an infinite amount of stories to tell. Black creators will shine both in front and behind the scene and we can’t wait to see them.
Below are a few of our most anticipated black creator projects in 2018:
1. Black Panther
Black Panther follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. T’Challa’s stature as king and his role as Black Panther is tested when a powerful old enemy reappears and is subsequently drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. As such, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.
It stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright and Winston Duke, with Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker and Andy Serkis.
The film is directed by Ryan Coogler and produced by Kevin Feige with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Nate Moore, Jeffrey Chernov and Stan Lee serving as executive producers. Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole wrote the screenplay.
Black Panther premieres in theaters February 16, 2018.
2. A Wrinkle in Time
Based on the science/fantasy novel of the same name by Madeleine L’Engle, A Wrinkle in Time revolves around a young girl whose father, a government scientist, has gone missing after working on a mysterious project called a tesseract. Three celestial beings guide her, her brother, and her friend to space in order to find him.
Storm Reid leads the cast as Meg along with Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling who portray the celestial being trio. The film also features Chris Pine as her father, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as her mother, Deric McCabe as her brother and Levi Miller as her friend Calvin. Other stars include Andre Holland and Bellamy Young .
A Wrinkle in Time premieres in theaters March 9, 2018.
grown-ish follows character Zoey (Yara Shahidi) — Dre (Anthony Anderson) and Rainbow’s (Tracee Ellis Ross) popular, entitled, stylish and socially active 17-year-old daughter from black-ish, as she heads into her freshman year of college.
Shahidi is joined by series regulars Trevor Jackson, Aaron Jackson, Jordan Buhat, Emily Arlook, Francia Raisa, Chris Parnell, Deon Cole. Chloe x Halle, Abraham D. Juste and Luka Sabbat also recur in the series.
Kenya Barris, Anthony Anderson, Laurence Fishburne, Helen Sugland and E. Brian Dobbins serve as executive producers of the series. grown-ish is produced by ABC Signature Studios.
grown-ish premieres January 3, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. on Freeform.
4. The Chi
The Chi explores the humanity behind the headlines sensationalizing the South Side of Chicago. Produced entirely in its namesake city, The Chi is a timely coming-of-age story centering on a group of residents who become linked by coincidence but bonded by the need for connection and redemption. The ensemble cast includes Jason Mitchell, Jacob Latimore, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, Alex Hibbert, Yolonda Ross, Armando Riesco and Tiffany Boone.
Kevin (Hibbert) is the pre-teen who must step past shattered illusions and embrace the normal rites of childhood, while Brandon (Mitchell) the dreamer makes his own nearly impossible leap of faith to succeed in life and love with girlfriend Jerrika (Boone). Emmett (Latimore) is the carefree teen thrust into complex responsibility with guidance from his mother Jada (Ross), and Ronnie (Mwine) is the drifter whose struggle to love and be loved calls into question his every pursuit. Sonja Sohn, Jahking Guillory, and Steven Williams recur. In addition to Waithe, Common and Reid, Aaron Kaplan serves as executive producer along with Rick Famuyiwa, who also directed the premiere episode, and Derek Dudley and Shelby Stone of Freedom Road Productions. The series is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios.
The Chi premieres on January 7, 2018 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime.
5. Black Lightning
Based on the DC Comics of the same name, Black Lightning, is forced into vigilante life after a nine year retirement due to the rise of, The One Hundred a local gang whose actions lead to increased crime and corruption in the community.
Cress Williams portrays the titular role — aka Jefferson Pierce — while China Anne McClain and Nafessa Williams play Pierce’s daughters, Anissa and Jennifer – who follow in their father’s footsteps and become superheroes themselves, known as Thunder and Lightning.
Salim Akil and Mara Brock Akil will write and executive produce the series with Berlanti Prods.’ Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter, for Warner Bros.
Black Lightning premieres January 16, 2018 at 9 PM ET/PT on The CW.