Whether you believe in Christmas or not, the holidays are always a time for family and bonding. So after your gifts are opened and the food is eaten, sit back with your family and check out some of our holiday favorites.
A Diva’s Christmas Carol (2000)
A Diva’s Christmas Carol is a 2000 VH1-original Christmas television film starring Vanessa Williams. The film is based on the 1843 Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol, and features an ego-driven pop singer who gets a reality check by three Christmas spirits. The film premiered on VH1 on December 13, 2000.
The Best Man Holiday (2013)
A sequel to The Best Man (1999), it stars Morris Chestnut, Taye Diggs, Regina Hall, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan, Nia Long, Harold Perrineau, Monica Calhoun, and Melissa De Sousa all reprising their roles. When the college friends finally reunite over the Christmas holidays, they will discover just how easy it is for long-forgotten rivalries and romances to be ignited.
The Last Holiday (2006)
The film stars Queen Latifah as Georgia Byrd who lives a small life tucked inside big dreams. A shy cookware salesperson for a New Orleans retail outlet, Georgia handles knives and skillets with the flair of a master chef. But when she learns her days are numbered, she throws caution to the wind and embarks on a dream holiday vacation to a grand resort in Europe. There, thinking she has nothing to lose, Georgia undergoes a metamorphosis – and her transformation affects everyone around her.
The Perfect Holiday (2007)
Gabrielle Union, Morris Chestnut, Queen Latifah, and Terrence Howard star in a film concerning a young girl who implores a department-store Santa to find a new husband for her divorced mother for Christmas. Determined to make her mother happy again even if it means sacrificing her own wish, Emily relays the message to Santa (Chestnut). Recognizing the daughter’s love for her mother and sensing something truly special in Nancy (Union), Santa cheerfully obliges the young girl, setting into motion a series of events that promise to make this the most memorable holiday in quite some time.
This Christmas (2007)
This musical romantic comedy is a Christmas time story that centers on the Whitfield family. Upon gathering together under one roof for the first time in seven years, the estranged family celebrates Christmas and rediscovers long-forgotten bonds in this holiday family reunion drama starring Delroy Lindo, Regina King, Idris Elba, Chris Brown and Mekhi Phifer.
Friday After Next (2002)
The gang from Friday and Next Friday are back in this urban comedy, in which Craig (Ice Cube) and Day-Day (Mike Epps) have finally moved out of their respective parents’ homes and gotten an apartment together. However, a bogus neighborhood Santa Claus (Rickey Smiley) decides to help Craig and Day-Day share the wealth by robbing their apartment on Christmas Eve, getting away with presents and the rent money. Much foolishness ensues, especially from Katt Williams, who is ridiculous as Money Mike.
Almost Christmas (2016)
Almost Christmas tells the festive story of a beloved patriarch who asks his family for one gift this holiday season: to get along. If they can honor that wish and spend five days under the same roof without killing one another, it will be a Christmas miracle. starring Kimberly Elise, Mo’Nique, Nicole Ari Parker, Gabrielle Union, Keri Hilson, Jessie Usher, Danny Glover, Omar Epps, John Michael Higgins, D. C. Young Fly, and Romany Malco. The film follows a dysfunctional family that comes together for the holidays for the first time since their mother’s death.
BLACK NATIVITY (2013)
In a contemporary adaptation of Langston Hughes’ celebrated play, the holiday musical drama BLACK NATIVITY follows Langston (Jacob Latimore), a street-wise teen from Baltimore raised by a single mother, as he journeys to New York City to spend the Christmas holiday with his estranged relatives Reverend Cornell and Aretha Cobbs (Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett). Unwilling to live by the imposing Reverend Cobbs’ rules, a frustrated Langston is determined to return home to his mother, Naima (Jennifer Hudson). Langston embarks on a surprising and inspirational journey and along with new friends, and a little divine intervention, he discovers the true meaning of faith, healing, and family.
The Preacher’s Wife (1996)
Rev. Henry Biggs (Courtney B. Vance) is the pastor of a small struggling African American Baptist church in a poverty-stricken neighborhood of New York City. Membership is declining, Henry is pulled in a hundred directions by his parishioners’ needs, and the church’s finances are in trouble. Henry has also become neglectful of his wife, Julia (Whitney Houston), and his son, Jeremiah. Julia worries that her marriage is failing. Unsure that he can make a difference in his parishioners’ lives and beginning to lose his faith, Henry prays to God for help, which comes in the form of Dudley (Denzel Washington), a witty and debonair angel.