Greater Cast Diversity Appearing in Hallmark Movies

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Greater Cast Diversity Appearing in Hallmark Movies

This season, Hallmark presented a diverse cast for its popular holiday films
Patti LaBelle stars with Tatyana Ali, Dondre Whitfield and Dennis Haysbert in Hallmark Channel's “Christmas Everlasting."

Patti LaBelle stars with Tatyana Ali, Dondre Whitfield and Dennis Haysbert in Hallmark Channel's “Christmas Everlasting."

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This year, Hallmark featured a largely African-American cast for its coveted Hallmark Hall of Fame premiere, “Christmas Everlasting.” The plot follows the premise that makes all Hallmark movies so successful—a beautiful woman returns home at the holidays and finds love when she least expects it. In this case, the woman is Tatyana Ali, best known for starring in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and a strong supporting cast including singer, actress, and entrepreneur Patti La Belle and Dennis Haysbert (“24,” Allstate Insurance commercials).

Adding more actors of color to movies has been a priority for the Hallmark networks during the past few years, and this year saw a notable step in those efforts paying off for audiences.

Read more about Hallmark's lineup of diverse holiday films here.