2 TV shows and a film with strong black leads to watch on TV tonight

Mahershala Ali in a scene from True Detective 3. (Screengrab: YouTube)
Mahershala Ali in a scene from True Detective 3. (Screengrab: YouTube)

Cape Town – Today we celebrate black leads in our TV guide - from Mahershala Ali, to John David Washington, to Lynn Whitfield.

Greenleaf

Netflix

The Greenleaf family, which runs sprawling Memphis megachurch Calvary Fellowship World Ministries, appears to be a loving and caring clan. Beneath the surface, though, exists scandalous secrets and lies. Greed, adultery and sibling rivalry are among the issues that threaten to test the family's faith and tear the group apart.

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True Detective

Showmax

S3: Touch darkness and darkness touches you back. From creator/executive producer Nic Pizzolatto comes this searing series of troubled cops and the investigations that drive them to the edge.

BlacKkKlansman

DStv Now

It’s the early 1970s, and Ron Stallworth is the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Determined to make a name for himself, Stallworth bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: Infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. (READ OUR REVIEW HERE)

Compiled by Leandra Engelbrecht