Inspired by the book from historian Donald Bogle, the four-part docuseries “Hollywood Black” will premiere on MGM+ on Sunday, August 11. The series chronicles a century of the Black experience in Hollywood. The logline: By unearthing personal stories from actors, writers, directors, and producers who fought for their place on the page, behind the camera and on the screen, “Hollywood Black” provides a critical reexamination of a quintessentially American story.

Featuring | Justin Simien, W. Kamau Bell, Steven Caple, Jr., Ryan Coogler, Ava DuVernay, Gina Prince-Bythewood, Issa Rae, LaKeith Stanfield, Gabrielle Union, Lena Waithe, Forest Whitaker, and more

Executive Producers | Culture Machine’s Justin Simien and Kyle Laursen, Significant Productions’ Forest Whitaker and Nina Yang Bongiovi, and RadicalMedia’s Dave Sirulnick, Stacey Reiss, Jon Kamen, and Jeffrey Swartz

Director | Justin Simien

Episode Descriptions:

Episode 1: Built On Our Backs – August 11, 2024

From the silent era to the late 1960s, an emboldened generation of Black actors and directors make films that counter denigrating imagery of Black people and forever change Hollywood’s perception of Black storytellers.

Episode 2: The Defiant Ones – August 18, 2024

Following the unrest of the 1960s, Black filmmakers look to celebrate Black culture on screen. As Hollywood begins to see dollar signs, Black actors and directors try to maintain their dignity without selling out.

Episode 3: The Price of Admission – August 25, 2024

In the 1990s, a new generation of Black filmmakers and megastars are embraced by the studio system. Yet independent and female filmmakers who diverge from mainstream portrayals of Black life still struggle for recognition.

Episode 4: Dear Black People – September 1, 2024

After the election of President Barack Obama, Hollywood offers Black filmmakers more opportunities than ever. From Selma to Get Out to Black Panther, Black filmmakers embrace new genres to critical and commercial success.