After premiering eight new original Christmas movies in 2021, this year BET+ will get even more into the seasonal spirit with 10 more titles launching from November 3rd. diversity only learned.
The 2022 slate includes films starring Ne-Yo, Sereyah, Romeo Miller, LeToya Luckett and LaLa Milan, as well as returning BET+ holiday films like Jasmine Guy, Terrence Carson and Dorien Wilson. Titles come from directors and writers such as Victoria Rowell (who also stars in A Christmas Gift), Robin Givens, Bree West and Patricia Cuffie Jones.
“We’re committed to bringing quality black stories to the big screen, and the holidays are no exception,” said Devin Griffin, executive vice president and general manager of BET+. “Year after year, our members gobble up vacation programs; In fact, our original vacation movies continue to outperform, which is why we’re committed to increasing our investment in this area of the service. But it’s not just about meeting demand, it’s also about authenticity. Our cast and crew are a powerhouse of black excellence, from creatives behind the camera like Victoria Rowell, Robin Givens and Patricia Cuffie Jones to the incredible performances by talent like Ne-Yo, Serayah, Romeo Miller, Dorien Wilson and Jasmine Guy, just to name a few. With a weekly content rollout in November, we look forward to helping our members celebrate and enjoy the holidays throughout the season.”
“BET+ gives filmmakers like me the latitude to tell diverse stories with raw accuracy,” said director and co-writer of “A Blackjack Christmas” and “A Christmas Gift” star Rowell. “One of my foster mothers, Barbara Sterling, came to America from Kingston, Jamaica, with a dream and three suitcases. Witnessing Barbara’s journey of empowerment and determination inspired me to write the family Christmas drama Blackjack Christmas. You don’t see that anywhere else.”
Rowell added: “I am immeasurably grateful to BET+ for creating a way for undiluted Black stories to be heard and seen in our diverse voices and dialects. Female filmmakers have a unique sensibility and approach to producing, directing, writing and more. BET+ consumers know they can rely on content that reflects who they/we are, whether it’s uplifting, inspirational, dramatic, faith-based or comedic. Ultimately, ‘A Blackjack Christmas’ offers a family story filled with compassion and balm for the soul this holiday season.”
Check out BET+’s full lineup of 2022 original films and their release dates below.
A WESLEY CHRISTMAS – 3 NOVEMBER
Adult siblings Chris, Todd and Cydney Wesley travel to their childhood home to celebrate Christmas with their parents and the entire Wesley family. With everyone together and all their physical and emotional baggage in tow, the annual Wesley family vacation promises to be a festive, hot Christmas with life-changing effects for the entire family.
Cast: Dorien Wilson, Jasmine Guy, Terrence Carson, Loren Lott, Terayle Hill, Mike Merrill
Directed by Patricia Cuffie Jones
Author: Bree West
Produced by: Octet Productions
THE FIRST NOELLE – 10 NOVEMBER
After twenty years of friendship, Terrance and Noelle finally decide to date, but eventually break up when Terrance moves to London to work. Now that Terrance is back in Atlanta for Christmas with his new girlfriend, aka Noelle, our lead is determined to bring him back and say goodbye to the friend zone forever.
Cast: Novi Brown, LaLa Milan, Todd Anthony
Directed by Patricia Cuffie Jones
Authors: Ariel Driskell and Patricia Cuffie Jones
Executive Producers: Larry Grimaldi, Hannah Pillemer and Fernando Szew for MarVista Entertainment
Co-Executive Producer: Adam Shepard for MarVista Entertainment
Producers: Autumn Bailey-Ford of Autumn Bailey Entertainment and Karl Horstmann of Triple Horse Studios.
CHRISTMAS PARTY CRASHERS – 17 NOVEMBER
When two crooks meet after blowing up the same millionaire’s Christmas party, they agree to work together to fulfill each other’s “mission,” unaware that they would find something more than money or fame – true love.
Cast: Skye Townsend, Jaime Callica, Cocoa Brown
Directed and co-produced by Sheldon Epps
Author: Scotty Mullen and Chad Quinn
Executive Producers: Todd Y. Murata, Larry Grimaldi, Hannah Pillemer, Fernando Szew for MarVista Entertainment
Producer: Susan Ratliff for a Ratliff Concepts production
THE CHRISTMAS CLAPBACK – NOVEMBER 24TH
Every year, the three Miles sisters, Jasmine, Kira and Tisha, compete for a chance to win the neighborhood Christmas church cook-off competition. But when Aaliyah, the spirited social media influencer, enters the competition, the sisters must decide whether to rise together or fall separately.
Cast: Nadine Ellis, Porscha Coleman, Candace Maxwell, Kara Royster, Eltony Williams, Brandon Sutton, Lisa Arrindell
Directed by Robin Givens
Screenwriter: Christopher Oscar Pena and Joy Kecken
Produced by: Stargazer
VACATION HIDEAWAY – 24 NOVEMBER
Carly is the queen of holiday celebrations, but her mistletoe misstep has her running off to a holiday hideaway that teaches her the importance of family, forgiveness, and the struggle for love.
Cast: Camille Winbush, Vivica A Fox, Leonard Earl Howze, Rodney Van Johnson
Director: Cole Patterson
Author: Sharon Brathwaite
Produced by: FreezeFrame Entertainment
CHRISTMAS SOUND – 24 NOVEMBER
An unlucky music teacher guides a wealthy widower away from his gold-mining girlfriend and back to love and music during the Christmas holidays.
Cast: Ne-Yo, Serayah, Draya Michele, Michael Bless, Alijah Kai
Directed and Written by Booker T Mattison
Executive Producer: Tressa Azarel Smallwood
ROLLING INTO CHRISTMAS – DECEMBER 1ST
Two childhood sweethearts who shared a passion for roller skating are reunited 15 years later over the holidays, forcing them to question their love and their life choices.
Starring: Rhyon Nicole Brown, Donny Carrington, Brandee Evans, and Gary Dourdan
Director: Trey Haley
Author: Greg Anderson
Produced by: Swirl Films
A MIRACLE BEFORE CHRISTMAS – DECEMBER 8TH
With a little help from an angel, Mercedes Wright, a fast-talking, popular relationship therapist with all the answers when it comes to fixing everyone else’s marriage, must now use the magic of Christmas to find the secret to saving her own .
Cast: LeToya Luckett, Romeo Miller, Keith David, Demetrius Shipp Jr., Paula Jai Parker and Porscha Coleman
Director, Writer and Producer: LazRael Lison
A BLACKJACK CHRISTMAS – DECEMBER 15
A story of two sisters – one emigrated to the US and made a nice life for herself while the other stayed in her native Jamaica. As addiction threatens to tear the family apart, the sisters reconnect and rebuild their bond.
Cast: Dawnn Lewis, Charmin Lee, Adam Lazarre – White
Directed by Victoria Rowell
Authors: Mezan Ayoka and Victoria Rowell
Produced by: Days Ferry Productions
A CHRISTMAS PRESENT – DECEMBER 22nd
In a failed attempt to cancel Christmas, the McKenzie’s eventually find themselves with unexpected guests, secrets and revelations that will forever affect their families.
Cast: Blue Kimble, Noree Victoria, Javon Johnson, Victoria Rowell, Aaron D Spears, Nadia Simms, Tiffany Snow, Marc Jones, Cayen Martin
Directed by Christopher A. Nolen
Author: Cassandra Mann
Producer: Christopher A. Nolen for Nferno Media Entertainment
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