The New Year has just begun, but many are already looking forward to Black History Month. Lifetime recently announced two new films that will air this February—the Gabby Douglas Story and Trip to Bountiful.

The Gabby Douglas Story premieres February 1 and stars Regina King, S. Epatha Merkerson, Imani Hakim, Sydney Mikayla, and Douglas herself.

According to Lifetime it “tells the inspiring true story of the international gymnastics phenomenon who overcame overwhelming odds to become the first African-American ever to be named Individual All-Around Champion in artistic gymnastics at the Olympic Games.”

The second film, Trip to Bountiful, airing February 22, is based on Horton Foote’s Tony-winning play, which follows “one woman’s quest to reconnect with her past in order to ensure her family’s future” in the Jim Crow South. The film stars Cicely Tyson, Vanessa Williams, Keke Palmer, and Blair Underwood.

Lifetime has found success showcasing films about African-Americans. Sins of the Mother, based on Carleen Brice’s novel Orange, Mint, and Honey was a ratings hit for the network as was Betty and Coretta and Abducted: The Carlina White Story.

Source: Shadow & Act

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