In Louisville, a 45-year-old man is found gunned down in the snow. Det. Rick Arnold and his team track down a key witness who is forced to chose between her friendship with the suspect and her own freedom.
When a 21-year-old father is gunned down in a parking lot in broad daylight, Louisville Det. Keith Roberts begins investigating one of the most brazen murders he has ever seen. As he scrambles to find clues and track down witnesses, he gets two important pieces of information--the license plate number of a car that fled the scene and confirmation that the crime-scene parking lot has a surveillance camera. But will the leads pan out and direct Roberts to the killers or will it prove to be an exercise in futility?
When a friendly house party turns into a double murder, the only female homicide detective in Cleveland has to piece together what went wrong. In Harris County, a hardworking father stops off for a drink after work and ends up the victim of a robbery gone bad.
Who can forget Angela Bassett as Tina Turner or Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles? Do you remember who played Billie Holiday? Or who Beyoncé performed as in the film Cadillac Records? More recent African-American biopics include the Lifetime original movie Betty & Coretta (2013), starring Angela Bassett as Coretta Scott King and Mary J. Blige as Betty Shabazz, and The Butler (2013), starring Forest Whitaker and based on the life of Eugene Allen.
View our photos of African-American biopics to compare these famous figures to the actors and actresses who have portrayed them.
Many African-Americans made their name performing at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, including Ella Fitzgerald, James Brown and Jimi Hendrix. The roster of talented artists who made their careers after a successful amateur night at the Apollo grew so large, that the venue earned a reputation as the place to jump-start the career of an ambitious hopeful. Other performers, like Aretha Franklin and Michael Jackson, came to the theater after experiencing big professional success, adding further credibility to the historic New York concert hall. Explore the biographies of some of the more notable African-Americans who stepped out onto the Apollo stage, making entertainment history.
From film to television to the stage, African-American actors have been credited with a wide range of acclaimed and pioneering cinematic works, including Malcolm X, The Last King of Scotland, Remember the Titans, Training Day, Man on Fire, Ali and Ray. Explore our collection of famous black actors, including Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman, Forest Whitaker, Jamie Foxx, Will Smith and Richard Pryor.
After the Civil War, many of the country's best and brightest black advocates, artists, entrepreneurs and intellectuals moved to the New York City neighborhood of Harlem. Thanks largely to the efforts of these residents, Harlem became both the cradle of a cultural revolution and the heart of the civil rights movement. Meet some of the many people who gave—and continue to give—this neighborhood a voice, simply by calling it home.