6 Notable Holiday Films With Black Stars PDF Print E-mail
Written by Nadra Nittle   
Thursday, 29 November 2012 10:40

There’s no reason to spend December watching old holiday films with no people of color in sight. A number of holiday movies feature black actors and actresses. Start a new holiday film tradition in your home with this list of notable Christmas movies starring African Americans. Everything from Hollywood blockbusters to indie flicks made the cut.


Bad Santa
This raunchy 2003 holiday film stars Billy Bob Thornton, Bernie Mack and Tony Cox. Thornton and Cox devise a plan to play Santa and his little helper so they can rob department stores on Christmas Eve. Mack plays the detective who’s on their trail. Hilarity ensues when the men collide.

The Preacher’s Wife
The late Whitney Houston and Oscar winner Denzel Washington star in this 1996 movie about a woman (Houston) who feels neglected by her preacher husband (Courtney B. Vance). He’s too busy caring for others and trying to save his church from property developers to devote much time to his marriage. Enter angel Dudley (Washington), who saves the day.

The Kid Who Loved Christmas
Watch the legendary Sammy Davis Jr. in his last film role in this 1990 flick about a man and his adopted son who are in the process of learning how to be a family. Cicely Tyson and Michael Warren also star.

Last Holiday
Acclaimed director Wayne Wang helms this 2006 film starring Queen Latifah and LL Cool J about a dying woman who decides to take a trip to Europe.

Pieces of April
Katie Holmes was trying to shed her girl-next-door image when she starred with Derek Luke in this 2003 indie film about an edgy young woman with a black boyfriend (Luke) who tries to make the perfect Thanksgiving meal for her estranged family members.

Imitation of Life
Okay, so this 1959 tearjerker isn’t a Christmas film per se, but it does feature a Christmas scene and routinely makes the rounds on cable during the holidays. It stars Lana Turner and Juanita Moore, who received an Oscar nod for portraying a heartbroken domestic worker whose daughter is determined to pass for white. Gospel great Mahalia Jackson makes an appearance also.