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African Americans in Film

Boycott (TV, 2001)

Directed by Clark Johnson. Cast:Jeffrey Wright, Terrence Howard, C.C.H.Pounder, Carmen Ejogo, Reg E. Cathey, BrentJennings, Shawn Michael Howard, IrisLittle-Thomas, Erik Todd Dellums, MikeHodge. In the winter of 1955 in the deepsouth, Rosa Parks (1913-2005), a singleblack woman on a public bus, is arrestedwhen she chooses a "whites only" seat. Heraction and the reaction of the authoritieshelps birth the modern civil rightsmovement in the United States, and makesher an inspiring icon and lodestone to allinvolved with the struggle for equality,including a young Martin Luther King.

Boyz 'n the Hood (1991)

Directed by John Singleton. For threeyoung men growing up in South CentralLos Angeles, the "hood" is a place ofdrive-by shootings, unemployment, drugsand pain. But their reactions to theworld around them vary- one is anunambitious drug dealer, his brother isa college bound teenage father, and thebrother's best friend is guided by astrong father who hopes for a betterlife for his son. 112 min. Online Access through LFLFC.

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Bring It On (2000)

Directed by Peyton Reed. Cast: Kirsten Dunst, Eliza Dushku,Jesse Bradford, Gabrielle Union. The Toro cheerleading squad hasspirit, spunk, sass and a killer routine that's sure to land themthe national championship torphy for the sixth year in a row. Butfor newly-elected team captain, Torrance, the Toros' road to cheerglory stumbles when she discovers their perfectly choreographedroutines were stolen from a hot hip-hop squad across town. Now thesquad must scramble to find a new routine to compete in this year'scompetition. 99 min.

Broken Earth (1939)

Directed by Roman Freulich. Cast: ClarenceMuse. A widowed farmer with a sick young son praysfor his son's recovery. A ray of sunlightaccompanied by spiritual music signifies that hispleas won't go unanswered. A film produced byblacks for a black audience. 17 min. Credits and other information from the Internet MovieDatabase

Broken Strings (1940)

Directed by Bernard B. Ray. Cast: ClarenceMuse, Sybil Lewis, William Washington,Tommiwitta Moore, Stymie Beard, Pete Webster,Edward Thompson, Buck Woods, Jess Lee Brooks,Earl Morris. An all-Black melodrama concerninga classical violinist who injures his fingers.His son tries to earn the needed cash torestore his father's paralyzed hand byfollowing in his father's footsteps as aviolinist but to his father's displeasure, heprefers swing to classical music. 70 min.;
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Brother From Another Planet (1987)

Directed by John Sayles. A sci-fantasy adventure about a blackvisitor from outer space. Fleeing earth to escape slavery on adistant world, he spashes down in New York harbor and makes hisway to Harlem, where he's accepted by the regulars at a localbar, and persued by two alien bounty hunters. 109 min.
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Brother to Brother (2004)

Directed by Rodney Evans. Cast: Anthony Mackie, Larry GilliardJr., Duane Boutte, Daniel Sunjata, Alex Burns. Criticallyacclaimed drama that invokes the glory days of the HarlemRenaissance. As an elderly man, poet Bruce Nugent meets ayoung, black, gay artist struggling to find his voice, andtogether they embark on a journey through his inspiring past.90 min.
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Bulworth (1998)

Directed by Warren Beatty. Cast: Warren Beatty, Halle Berry,Oliver Platt, Paul Sorvino, Jack Warden, Isaiah Washington. Asuicidally disillusioned liberal politician puts a contract outon himself and takes the opportunity to be bluntly honest withhis voters by affecting the rhythms and speech of hip-hop musicand culture. 108 min.
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Burlesque in Harlem (1949)

Directed by William Alexander . A typical 1950Harlem burlesque show, complete with racy slapstickcomedy, bawdy blues singers, showgirls, and slicktap dancers. Featuring Burlesque in Harlem: Dewey"Pigmeat" Markham, George Wilshire, Vivian Harris,Dick Barrow, Jo Jo Adams, Hucklebuck Jones, TarzaYoung, Slip and Slide, Princess D'Orsey, MabelHunter, Gertrude Baby Banks, Gloria Howard. 49 min.;

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