Five Holiday Movies Black Folks (And Everyone Else!) Should Watch

It's that time of the year!

Sentimental movies are a holiday tradition as vital as eggnog and Santa Claus, encompassing stories that warm our hearts and capture the true spirit of the season. In celebrating the magic of this festive time, we've curated a list of our favorite Black holiday flicks that resonate with joy, love, and the essence of togetherness. These movies not only showcase diverse narratives but also offer universal themes that speak to audiences of all backgrounds.

Here's a collection of heartfelt films that deserve a spot on everyone's holiday watchlist.

  • Holiday Heart (2000)

    Ving Rhames plays Holiday, a drag queen with a heart of gold, who takes in a drug addict (Alfre Woodard) and helps take care of her daughter.

  • A Diva’s Christmas Carol (2000)

    In this remake of the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol, Ebenezer Scrooge is remade into a Black pop singing diva named Ebony Scrooge (Vanessa Williams). Miss Ebony gets a reality check by three Christmas spirits!

  • The Perfect Holiday (2007)

    A young girl who senses her divorced mother’s loneliness asks a department store Santa, played by Morris Chestnut, to help find a new husband for her mommy.

  • Nothing Like the Holidays (2008)

    A Puerto Rican family living in the Humboldt Park section of west Chicago get together for the holidays. When they learn that one of their own is facing a crisis, they instinctively forget their old resentments and pull together as a unit.

  • Christmas Angel (2023)

    At a pivotal moment in her life, a troubled R&B sensation, Angel St. James, finds herself stranded on a remote road due to car trouble. Choosing an unforeseen path, she spends Christmas with a stranger and his daughter. Through this unexpected adventure, Angel discovers the true essence of Christmas, the embrace of love, and the feeling of being part of a family she has longed for.

    Featuring a stellar cast including Romeo Miller, Elise Neal, and Tamar Braxton, this film was penned and directed by LazRael Lison.

    "Christmas Angel" is currently streaming on BET+!

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