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African Americans in Film

Beat Street (1984)

Director, Stan Lathan. Cast: Rae DawnChong, Guy Davis, Robert Taylor, JonChardiet, Sandra Santiago ; cameoappearances by Us Girls, The TreacherousThree, The System, Rock Steady Crew, SoulSonic Force & Shango, The MagnificentForce, New York City Breakers, FuriousFive, Tina B., Afrika Bambaataa, Johnny B.Bad, and others. A ghetto-derived musicalfilm which delves into the hip-hop cultureof New York's streets to uncover thedespairs, dreams, and triumphs of theemerging 80s generation.

Beauty Shop (2005)

Director, Bille Woodruff. Cast: QueenLatifah, Alicia Silverstone, AndieMacDowell, Alfre Woodard, Mena Suvari,Della Reese, Golden Brooks, Miss LauraHayes, Paige Hurd, L'il JJ. Gina Norris isin Atlanta making a name for herself at aposh Southern salon with her cutting-edgehairstyles. But when her flamboyant,egotistical boss takes it one criticism toofar, she leaves his salon to open a shop ofher own. Special features: "Beauty shop :inside the style" featurette; gag reel;selected scenes audio commentary bydirector Bille Woodruff. 105 min.

Belly (1998)

Directed by Hype Williams. Cast: Nasir"Nas" Jones, Earl "DMX" Simmons, TaralHicks, Tionne "T- Boz" Watkins,Clifford "Method Man" Smith. Twofriends begin robbing clubs to makesome quick cash. For one of them, thepayoffs are not big enough and hebegins selling drugs. Soon, friendshipsand relationships are put to the testby jealousy, greed, paranoia andbetrayal. A realistic urban dramahighlighted by an all-star hip-hop castand a pulsing rap soundtrack. 95 min.;
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Beloved (1998)

Directed by Jonathan Demme. Cast: Oprah Winfrey, Danny Glover,Thandie Newton, Kimberly Elise, Beah Richards, Lisa GayHamilton, Albert Hall. After Paul D. finds his old slave friendSethe in Ohio and moves in with her and her daughter Denver, astrange girl comes along by the name of "Beloved." Sethe andDenver take her in and help her to finally rediscover who sheis and regain her lost sense of hope. 1998. 172 min.
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Bert Williams Films

Contents: Introduction (2 min.) -- A Natural born gambler (1916, si. with English intertitles, 18 min.) -- Fish (si.,1916, 9min.) -- Nobody (audio recording, 1906, 3 min.) Egbert Austin "Bert" Williams was one of the preeminent entertainers of theVaudeville era and one of the most popular comedians for all audiences of his time. A key figure in the development of African-American entertainment, he was by far the best-selling black recording artist before 1920.

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Beverly Hills Cop (1984)

Directed by Martin Brest. Cast: Eddie Murphy, Lisa Eilbacher,Steven Berkoff, Judge Reinhold, Ronny Cox. Axel Foley is abrash, street smart Detroit detective who follows the trail ofa friend's murderer to the posh surroundings of Beverly Hills.And before Axel gets his man, he gets up to his neck in aninternational network of smugglers and drug peddlers. 105 min.

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Beverly Hills Cop II (1987)

Directed by Tony Scott. Cast: Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold,Jürgen Prochnow, Ronny Cox, John Ashton, Brigitte Nielsen,Allen Garfield, Paul Reiser. mean-spirited chief of police Lutz(Allen Garfield) will brook no interference from outsiders-especially the profanely insouciant Mr. Foley. This sequel presents further adventures of Axel Foley, a brash, streetsmart Detroit detective, as he comes up against a gang of munitions smugglers in California and a mean-spirited chief of police who will brook no interference from outsiders-especially the profanely insouciant Mr. Foley. 102 min.

Beverly Hills Cop III (1994)

Directed by John Landis. Cast: Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold,Hector Elizondo, Theresa Randle. Axle Foley, while investigating acar theft ring, comes across something much bigger than that: thesame men who shot his boss are running a counterfeit money ring outof LA's popular theme park, WonderWorld. 104 min.
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Beware (1946)

Directed by Bud Pollard. Cast: Louis Jordan,Frank Wilson, Emory Richardson, Valerie Black,Milton Woods, Joseph Hilliard, Tommy Hix, CharlesJohnson, John Grant, Walter Earle, Ernest Calloway,Dimples Daniels, Aristo-Genes Girls Club, TympnayFive. Ware College is about to close its doorsforever because its endowment has run dry. A lastminute appeal to famous alumni brings the college'splight to the attention of Louis Jordan.

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