10 African-American holiday movies that should be an annual tradition

The holidays are a time of peace, joy, and love for everyone, family, and togetherness, no matter what path you take in life. For millions of families around the world, African American entertainers have become an integral part of the festive cheer, with the sounds of Nat King Cole And the Mariah Carey Synonymous with the warmth and love of Christmas celebrations.

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In film and television, though, Christmas entertainment has been dominated by white actors — whether it’s Hollywood classics from decades ago or festive favorites from more recent times. While this trend is slowly changing, many great Christmas movies that focus on black characters continue to be overlooked: a lot of them are classics!

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“A Christmas Carol Diva” (2000)

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One of the most creative spins on Charles Dickens‘s Christmas carolAnd the The Singer’s Christmas Carol follows Ebony Scrooge (Vanessa Williams), a cold-hearted pop star who is unable to get into the Christmas spirit. That is until she is visited by four ghosts who show her the error of her ways and set her on the right path.

Executed by Bob Cratchit (Brian McNamara(as her underpaid agent and former classmate Marley Jacob)Rozonda “Chili” Thomas) Confronting Ebony about her immorality, the film has plenty of fun reimagining Dickens’ story when necessary. He doesn’t alter it to the point of stripping any of the plot’s natural charm, though, with The Singer’s Christmas Carol It hit all the right notes as a good classic Christmas sensation.

‘A Chestnut Family Christmas’ (2021)

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A perfect example of awkward family gatherings dialed in to the extreme, a cChestnut Family Christmas Follows a talented pastry chef who accidentally agrees to host her family’s holiday celebrations. Desperate to shake her image as the black sheep of the family, Nina (Megan is pregnant) holds the gathering at her impressive boss’s home, which she calls her own.

Despite all the pressure and planning surrounding her elaborate plot, it isn’t long before Nina’s facade is cracked, and her secret is exposed. Luckily for Nina, everyone else’s dirty laundry spills, creating a mess of family drama and relationship strife that’s a joy to watch unfold.

“Almost Christmas” (2016)

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A deeply underrated Christmas movie that’s adept at blending family drama with raucous comedy, Almost Christmas It’s a nice mix of sentiments for the festive season. Followed by Walter Meyer (Danny Glover), a retired mechanic and recently widowed who wants his four children to celebrate Christmas with him as a family.

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Getting all four under one roof is a Christmas miracle in itself, with political aspirations, professional sports careers, and family strife tearing them apart. Of course, the randomness of it all is resolved by the film’s end, which, in addition to being a feel-good flick, also treats the loss of a mother and wife with surprising pain.

“The Kid Who Loved Christmas” (1990)

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coming from the product Eddie Murphy Directed by a veteran of the TV industry Arthur Alan SeidelmanAnd the The kid who loved Christmas It is a made-for-TV movie full of magic. It tells the story of a musician struggling with adoption in the aftermath of his wife’s death who finds an ally in a social worker who decides to help him.

Like many great Christmas movies throughout cinema history, its central themes reflect the importance and meaning of family. Heart-warming and heart-breaking, as it appeared Sammy Davis Jr In his last screen performance.

“Christmas Trip” (2021)

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Christmas movies are about family in one way or another. One of the best places to explore this topic is in 2021 Our Christmas trip which centers on a single mother coming to terms with having to allow her autistic teenage son more freedom and independence.

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It reconstructs the family drama that imbues most Christmas movies by trading off silly personal differences for a painful yet loving situation where no one is morally wrong. The result is a poignant love movie that sees a mother and son get what they really want.

“The Last Vacation” (2006)

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last vacation stars Queen Latifah As Georgia Beard, a shy saleswoman who has lived a life of unfulfilled desire, which is uprooted when she is diagnosed with Lampington’s disease and given only weeks to live. Upon first viewing, A Christmas Tale is a tragicomedy about cramming a life worth dreaming into into mere weeks, but the unbridled joy that Georgia brings to everything she encounters gives the film an undeniable charm.

Latifah’s performance makes the movie work: she’s charming and likable because she enjoys living, all while acknowledging the bleak fate she faces. Stay tuned, though, because the movie has a wonderfully happy ending, though LL Cool J Helping make the movie a true Christmas gem.

“This Christmas” (2007)

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If you think nothing takes a Christmas movie like an all-star cast entrenched in a terrifying family feud, look no further than Christmas this year Like moving on to the next classical music. movie stars Idris ElbaAnd the Regina KingAnd the Loretta Devine, among many others, as members of the dysfunctional Whitfield family.

The cast of Together for a Family Christmas for the first time in four years, embodies the family’s anxiety and awkwardness as they reunite. It isn’t long until everyone’s secrets are revealed in a delightfully chaotic way that can be solved in a couple of hours, and we come to a charming and honest conclusion to what it means to be a family.

The Preacher’s Wife (1996)

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New edition from 1947 Bishop’s wife championship Cary GrantAnd the Preacher’s wife is a modern version of the famous holiday tale Denzel Washington in the leading role. He plays Dudley. An angel sent from heaven helps a disillusioned preacher overcome a mid-life crisis only to fall in love with the preacher’s wife.

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He sees the decision to stay true to the story of the original film Preacher’s wife Full of old Hollywood charm that doesn’t come around very often anymore. Its reimagining with an all-black cast infused the picture with the kind of freshness that did enough to set it apart from the original flick and become a worthwhile Christmas classic in its own right.

“Best Man Holiday” (2013)

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The sequel to 1999’s Christmas Best manAnd the Best man holiday It may not be the most innovative movie ever made, but it is exceptional at getting every point of excellence out of what it has to offer. Following a group of friends who reunite over the holidays for the first time in 15 years, this wicked Christmas comedy is able to set its outrageous laughs against a backdrop of real emotional heft.

Although all of the characters have changed since they were together in the past, it didn’t take long for past rivalries and romances to reignite. This flirty, feisty, and feel-good Christmastime rom-com isn’t afraid to pack and punch, encouraging audiences to feel every ounce of love and loss with its adorable characters.

‘Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey’ (2020)

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Lively, good-natured, and full of feast-joy, Jingle Jangle: The Christmas Journey It should be a mainstay Christmas classic that’s revisited on a yearly basis. A Christmas celebration filled with broad optimism, it follows a brilliant toymaker who has lived in misery for decades after the betrayal of a trusted apprentice causes his shop to go bankrupt.

However, things take a turn when his flamboyant and bubbly granddaughter arrives on his doorstep. While initially uninterested in it, Jeronicus (Forest WhitakerShe soon finds new hope in the child and feels amazed. The family adventure musical is a wonderful Christmas musical that exudes geeky charm and has an excellent cast too.

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