If one thing hip hop celebrates is culture, and cinema has been a monumental piece of the culture. No two people have shaped Black culture in films like Denzel Washington and Samuel L. Jackson. While the likes of Harry Belafonte and Sidney Poiter paved the way, Denzel Washington and Samuel L. Jackson came along to smooth the path. And for those much like Denzel’s son, John David, and others with like-minded pursuits, that is invaluable.
Cinephiles are in for a treat in the upcoming fall season as three legendary cultural icons, Denzel Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, and John David Washington, are set to grace the silver screen with three highly anticipated films. And with these three new features, one thing is undeniable. The fourth quarter of 2023 is shaping up to resemble the cinematic Super Bowl. Let’s take a closer look at what’s on the horizon.
Cultural Icon #1 Denzel Washington
When it comes to film, Denzel Washington is the man. Denzel Washington is undeniably a cinematic powerhouse. His career, spanning back to the early 1980s, showcases his exceptional acting prowess, making him the embodiment of a natural-born actor. So, with a filmography that boasts well over 60 titles, as listed by IMDB, it’s challenging to pinpoint a single work that encapsulates his brilliance. However, one standout gem in his repertoire that bears mention is “The Equalizer.”
While Washington first appeared as MaCall in 2014, moviegoers were far from seeing the last of him. And now he’s back. Washington will once again bring MaCall to the big screen in September in Equalizer 3, which is sure to be monumental. McCall has always been about his business and is known for his unwavering commitment to his unique brand of justice. However, some nasty business has called him out of his leisure in this segment. And he’s got some lessons to teach.
As Blexmedia notes, in this installment,
“McCall has relocated to Southern Italy to put his past behind him, but his plans take a sharp turn when he uncovers his newfound companions are under the sway of the Sicilian Mafia. What ensues is a gripping narrative.”
Denzel Washington’s return as McCall is eagerly anticipated, and his portrayal of the character’s dedication to justice is bound to deliver another thrilling cinematic experience for fans and newcomers alike.
Cultural Icon #2 Samuel Jackson
Jackson defies convention and epitomizes staying true to oneself while achieving great success. Jackson might not fit the stereotypical image of a picture-perfect movie star, but that’s precisely what sets him apart. What distinguishes Jackson is his unwavering authenticity. He knows exactly who he is and his purpose in the industry and excels at it. His ability to embody characters with a no-nonsense, devil-may-care, and no-holds-barred attitude is unparalleled.
With a career spanning since the 1980s and a vast portfolio of projects numbering in the hundreds, according to IMDB, Samuel L. Jackson has left an indelible mark on the film industry. Whether he’s Nick Fury in the Marvel Universe, John Shaft in the action genre, Mace Windu in “Star Wars,” Coach Carter in a sports drama, Augustus Gibbons in an action franchise like “xXx,” or Ptolemy Gray in a dramatic role, Jackson brings his characters to life with remarkable authenticity. That’s why any news of an upcoming project is fantastic news.
Fans of Samuel L. Jackson are in for an exciting treat as he returns to the screen in the upcoming feature “The Kill Room.” This promises to be a compelling and intense film, especially with the involvement of talented co-stars Uma Thurman and Joe Manganiello.
As Blexmedia highlights, the plot of “The Kill Room” revolves around these characters forming an unconventional alliance. They use an art gallery as a front to launder money, setting the stage for a complex and thrilling narrative. However, tension escalates as their activities become intertwined with a high-stakes plot to assassinate a Russian oligarch.
Cultural Icon #3 John David Washington
If there is one example of what a trailblazer can inspire, it is the career of John David Washington. John David Washington gets his acting prowess in earnest. While he is the son of Denzel, making him a torch bearer, he is self-made. His accomplishments are a testament to his own merits and dedication to his craft.
John David’s journey in acting began in the early 1990s with a role in “Malcolm X,” and he has steadily been making his mark ever since. His filmography includes a diverse range of projects that showcase his versatility, from “Love Beat Rhymes” to “Monster,” “BlacKkKlansman,” “Tenet,” “Beckett,” and “Amsterdam.” Each role highlights his commitment to delivering captivating performances across various genres. With two upcoming features on the horizon, John David Washington is signaling that he is just getting started in his career.
For fans of the younger Washington, “The Creator” is on the horizon. Washington plays the lead character of Joshua in this futuristic: action, adventure, drama. According to Blexmedia,
The Story of “The Creator” follows Joshua, a former special forces agent enlisted to track down and eliminate the elusive Creator, the enigmatic mastermind behind the advanced AI.
However, what he discovers in his quest is extremely disarming.
Highlighting the Best Parts
There is nothing quite like progress. And no three figures in Hollywood exemplify progress like Denzel Washington, Samuel Jackson, and John David. Seeing the accomplishments and works of such great men who are still pushing forward is extraordinary. Their success stories show that individuals from marginalized communities can succeed in the highly competitive entertainment world with talent, determination, and hard work. And it is with great hope that many more will rise in their shadow.
Written By: Renae Richardson