Lifetime Sets ‘Abducted at an HBCU: A Black Girl Missing Movie’ for Summer Premiere

Abducted at an HBCU: A Black Girl Missing Movie stars stars Naturi Naughton, Tanyell Quian and is produced by Garcelle Beauvais. (Credit: Lifetime)

Lifetime will air the new film Abducted at an HBCU: A Black Girl Missing Movie, from executive producer Garcelle Beauvais, this July.

The movie is the latest installment in the network’s Black Girl Missing franchise, and stars Naturi Naughton (Power) and Tanyell Quian (Queen Sugar).

The drama centers on a female college student who disappears from campus and gets drawn into a human trafficking nightmare.

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The project is part of a three-movie franchise at Lifetime, highlighting the growing epidemic of missing Black women and girls across the country, particularly those who come from disadvantaged communities.

According to the Black and Missing Foundation, nearly 40 percent of people who go missing each year in the U.S. are African American. The organization says missing minority children are often listed as “runaways,” while missing minority adults are frequently labeled as “associated with criminal involvement, gangs and drugs,” and the cases often don’t get widespread media attention.

The first film in Lifetime’s franchise titled Black Girl Missing debuted in March 2023, and received praise for bringing attention to the issue.

Beauvais starred in and executive produced the film as part of her production deal with Lifetime to executive produce original movies for the network.

Abducted at an HBCU tells the story of Shannon (Tanyell Quian), a student at a historically Black college, who is struggling to pay her college tuition and eventually stops attending classes.

Shannon’s sudden disappearance goes unnoticed by her college professors, campus administration, and even her own boyfriend. The only person to express concern is her school counselor Ellen (Naturi Naughton).

“Ellen is met with careless comments about how ‘girls like that’ from underserved communities often drop out of school. Determined to find Shannon, Ellen inadvertently uncovers a trafficking ring targeting students in need like Shannon. With time running out, Ellen must fight tirelessly to gain the support she needs to rescue Shannon and bring down the trafficking ring,” according to the official description.

The movie is produced for Lifetime by Johnson Production Group in association with Motion Content Group.

In addition to Garcelle Beauvais, executive producers include Tim Johnson, Stacy Mandelberg, Gordon Gilbertson, Jason Egenberg, Richard Foster, and Chet Fenster.

Delmar Washington, who directed the first Black Girl Missing movie, returned to direct the new film from a script written by Avery O’Williams.

Abducted at an HBCU: A Black Girl Missing Movie premieres July 20 on Lifetime.

The image above shows (L-R) Naturi Naughton, Tanyell Quian and Garcelle Beauvais.