Cousins In Black Films



Cousins are more than just the child of your uncle or auntie. If your really rock with your cousins, they are more like your siblings or a real close friend. You care for them and look after them as if you are their parent. Your bond is undeniable and there is nothing you won't do for them. Whether it's offering them a place to stay, smoking them out after a long day at work, or supporting their business idea, the cousins on this list have done it all. Check out some of our favorite cousins in Black film history.


Mike Epps and Ice Cube, Friday After Next
Craig & Day Day
Film(s): Next Friday (2000), Friday After Next (2002)

"We just Craig and Day Day..." These two might be the most notable cousin duo to ever grace the big screen. Outside of their comedic timing, these two always know what the other one is thinking whether they like to admit it or not. They also know the lengths that they would go to in order to look out for and protect each other. Not only do they have each other's back, but they also smoke each other out too. What more could you want form a 'cuz? In addition to their iconic partnership as their fathers, who are brothers, are quite the duo themselves.


Method Man and Kevin Hart, Soul Plane
Nashawn & Muggsy
Film: Soul Plane (2004)

Soul Plane was one of Kevin Hart's first big films and he got to share the screen with no other than WuTang's own, Method Man. Kevin and Meth star as cousins, Nashawn and Muggsy. After Nashawn wins a $100 million dollar settlement, he starts a business and brings his cousin Muggsy on board to help him facilitate.


Queen Latifah and Sanaa Lathan, Brown Sugar
Sidney & Francine
Film: Brown Sugar (2002)

If we know anything about the characters that Queen Latifah plays, we know that she is going to hold it down and always have her people's back. That's no different in the 2002 classic, Brown Sugar where she plays the role of Francine, the cousin to Sidney, played by Sanaa Lathan.




Martin Lawrence and Mike Epps, "Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins"
Roscoe & Reggie
Film: Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins (2008)

One thing about Mike Epps, he can play a character that's going to remind you of somebody you know, cousins included. His character Reggie came to save the day anytime Roscoe needed him while he was at the crib. Even though he had to sometimes be bribed, he always had Roscoe's back.


Monica Calhoun and LisaRaye, The Players Club
Diamond & Ebony
Film: The Players Club (1998)

Diamond took her younger cousin Ebony under her wing from day one. She gave Ebony a place to stay and even got her a job at The Players Club. Diamond was always saving Ebony and looking out for her even when she wasn't looking out for herself. Her most courageous and cousinly act came when Diamond beat the brakes off Ronnie after she left Ebony high and dry at Junior's bachelor party.



Marlon Wayans and Shawn Wayans, Don't Be A Menace
Ashtray & Loc Dog
Film: Don't Be A Menace To South Central While Drinking Your Juice In The Hood (1996)

Shawn and Marlon Wayans are great at making parody projects. In 1996, the rocked the industry with Don't Be A Menace, a film that is reminiscent of the classic genre of Black films that relased in the early to mid-90's. Shawn and Marlon star as Ashtray and Loc Dog, two cousins that party, get into trouble, and ponder about the system that is set up for Black America, all through comedy.




Laurence Fishburne and Spike Lee, School Daze
Dap & Half-Pint
Film: School Daze (1988)

Even if you and your cousin have two different sets of beliefs, you are always going to have their back. Much like Dap does with his cousin, Darryl, or Half-Pint if you're Dean Big Brother Almighty. Laurence Fishburne and Spike Lee hold each other down as college students at Mission College.


Honorable Mention:

Clyde & Roscoe
Film: Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins (2008)

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