It’s raining Leading Men on pop-up channel 109

From the end of January to mid-February, you can watch these leading men on the M-Net Movies Blackout: The Leading Man Edition pop-up channel 109 only on DStv.

Many of the renowned African American Hollywood actors have come a long way since their breakout roles: one has won two Emmys, one Tony and two Oscars, while another has starred in 100 films and is the highest-grossing actor of all time.

From Thursday 24 January until Sunday 16 February, M-Net Movies Blackout: The Leading Man Edition will showcase some of the excellent African American Hollywood actors in some of their biggest and greatest films.

Here are some to look out for:

The leading men

Denzel Washington

Long before we knew the actor, producer and director we love today, Denzel starred in a made-for-television film in 1977 called Wilma – this is also the year he graduated with a BA in Drama and Journalism. And his first Hollywood appearance only came in 1981 with the film Carbon Copy. At that point, no one knew the Mount Vernon native but that didn’t stop him from becoming famous. In 1987, Denzel starred in Glory, the film about South African apartheid struggle icon, Steve Biko for which he won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor … and the rest is history. In the 90s he gave us movies such as Malcom X, Crimson Tide and The Hurricane. The 2000s gave us the classic Training Day and Antwone Fisher. Then there was American Gangster, Man on Fire and most recently The Equalizer 1 and 2. Catch this leading man on DStv when you watch:

American Gangster 


Man on Fire 

Eddie Murphy

America’s funnyman Eddie Murphy has been known for his successful portrayal of an African prince named Akeem, from the fictional country of Zamunda in Coming to America (the sequel is set for release later this year, 32 years after the initial release of the first film). But we know this actor to be more than that, he’s even a singer too. The 58-year-old started his career back in 1982 as Reggie Hammond in 48 Hours, with his next big role coming in the shape of Beverly Hills Cop where he played Axel Foley. Eddie’s comedic presence resonated throughout Hollywood, when he starred in a number of epic comedies such as Nutty Professor, Bowfinger and the animated film series, Shrek. Watch Eddie in the following movies:

Beverly Hills Cop 



Martin Lawrence

Although Martin’s first acting credit appeared back in 1988, his biggest breakout came in the form of Bad Boys and the sitcom Martin. In Bad Boys, released a whopping 25 years ago, he plays Miami police officer Marcus Burnett – the film went on to spawn a sequel in 2003 with the latest movie in the franchise set to release later this month. The stand-up comedian, actor, producer, talk show host and writer has had his fair share of successes over his 30 plus years in the industry. One of his biggest roles was in Big Momma’s House, where he plays FBI Agent Malcom Turner who ends up disguising himself as a grandmother to catch a bank robber. Catch this funnyman on DStv when you watch:

Big Momma’s House 

Black Knight 

Martin Lawrence Live: Runteldat 

Will Smith

Ah, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, the iconic 90s series we’ve all watched and loved. This was Will’s breakout role, and even though he was rapping along with hip-hop artist Jazzy Jeff and featured in music videos, he truly became famous when he played himself in the sitcom. Not only is Will an actor but a rapper too with a string of successful hits that are still club smashes today. Music aside, Will played some iconic characters in movies that are cult classics today: Mike Lowrey in Bad Boys, Captain Steven Hiller in Independence Day, Jay in Men In Black and even the DC character Deadshot in Suicide Squad. Will also hosts the documentary series One Strange Rock, a story about Earth told from the perspective of an astronaut. It doesn’t look like this Hollywood A-lister is going anywhere anytime soon so catch him in these movies:

Bad Boys

Men In Black 

I am Legend 

Samuel L. Jackson

Arguably one of the most well-known African American actors in Hollywood, Samuel is also the highest grossing actor OF ALL TIME. The actor and film producer has starred in 100 films many of which are huge box office successes, which isn’t surprising at all. He started his acting career back in the 70s and in the decade that followed he had minor roles in films such as Coming to America, Do the Right Thing and Goodfellas. It wasn’t until 1994 when Samuel played Jules Winnfield in cult classic Pulp Fiction that his career really took off. This leading man then landed the role of Zeus Carver in Die Hard: With a Vengeance alongside Bruce Willis and with this came movies in every shape, form and genre. In 2001, 2003 and 2005 Samuel played Mace Windu in the first three episodes of the Star Wars saga and even voiced Officer Tenpenny in video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andrea. Something Samuel is best known for is his use of profanity and how it works really well in his films – in 2017, it was calculated that he’s said Mother [email protected]$%&$*at least 171 times across 29 movies. Samuel has starred in some of the greatest movie franchises ever made, but nothing beats his portrayal of Nick Fury in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And if that’s not enough reason to like this leading man, then watch these cool movies below:

Changing Lanes 

The Hitman’s Bodyguard 


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