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Deliver Us From Eva (2003)

Directed by Gary Hardwick. Cast: LL Cool J, GabrielleUnion, Duane Martin, Essence Atkins, Robinne Lee, MeaganGood, Mel Jackson, Dartanyan Edmonds, Dorian Gregory. Evais a very uptight young woman who constantly meddles in theaffairs of her sisters and their husbands. Her in-laws, whoare tired of Eva interfering in their lives, decide to sether up with someone so she can leave them alone. They endup paying Ray, the local "playboy," $5,000 to date her. Theplan goes by smoothly, but troubles comes when Ray actuallyfalls in love with Eva.

Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)

Directed by Carl Franklin. Cast: Denzel Washington, DonCheadle, Jennifer Beals, Tom Szemore, Mauri Chaykin.Leon Lee. Ezekiel "Easy" Rawlins is a decorated warhero who returns home to work as a private eye. His jobof finding a missing socialite puts him between thewhite power elite and the vibrant black commumnity ofCentral Avenue. As soon as Easy and his trigger-happyfriend Mouse find Daphne Monet, trouble follows. 101min. ;
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Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005)

Directed by Darren Grant. Cast: Kimberly Elise, Steve Harris,Shemar Moore, Tamara Taylor, Lisa Marcos, Tiffany Evans, CicelyTyson, Tyler Perry. Helen McCarter would seem to have it all.She's married to Charles who is one of Atlanta's mostsuccessful attorneys. But despite having wealth and prestige,things are not as they seem in the McCarter home. On theevening of their anniversary, Charles drops a bombshell onHelen - he's divorcing her for another woman.

Do the Right Thing (1989)

Director: Spike Lee. Cast: Danny Aiello (Sal), Ossie Davis (Da Mayor), Ruby Dee (Mother Sister), Richard Edson (Vito), Giancarlo Esposito (Buggin Out), Spike Lee (Mookie), Bull Nunn (Radio Raheem), John Turturro (Pino), Rosie Perez (Tina), Joie Lee (Jade), Sam Jackson (Mister Se~nor Love Daddy).

Don't be a Menace to South Central while Drinking your Juice in the Hood (1996)

Directed by Paris Barclay. Cast: Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans.From block parties and beepers to high tops and high-powered weapons, it's everything that's funny about growing up in the'hood ... the Wayans Brothers' neighborhood, that is! 89 min.
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Drumline (2002)

Directed by Charles Stone III. Cast: Nick Cannon, Zoe Saldana,J. Anthony Brown, GQ, Leonard Roberts, Orlando Jones. Halftimeis party time for the gifted street drummer who snares the topspot in his university's marching band. However, he initiallyflounders in his new world, before realizing that it takes morethan talent to reach the top. 118 min.
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Drylongso (1998)

Directed by Cauleen Smith. Cast: Toby Smith, April Barnett,Will Power, Channel Schafer, Salim Akil. "Drylongso," anAfrican-American expression meaning "getting by with verylittle," presents the story of a young woman in just thatsituation. Living in Oakland, California and frustrated withher own life Pica grabs a camera and decides to document theexistence of young black men, whom she feels are a breed on theverge of becoming extinct. Through this project, she meets manycolorful characters and also suffers the death of herboyfriend.

Dutchman (1967)

Director, Anthony Harvey. Cast: Al Freeman, Shirley Knight,Frank Lieberman, Robert Calvert, Howard Bennett. A film adaptationof the play of the same name by Le Roi Jones (Amiri Baraka). Dealswith a white woman enticing, then humiliating and finally knifing ablack man while they ride a subway train in New York City. 55 min.

Eve's Bayou (1997)

Directed by Kasi Lemmons. Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, LynnWhitfield, Debbi Morgan, Vondie Curtis Hall, Branford Marsalis,Lisa Nicole Carson, Jurnee Smollett, Diahann Carroll. RozBatiste is a beautiful and dedicated mother of three, who isforced to admit that her family is falling apart due to herphilandering husband Louis. Her younger daughter, Eve,witnesses one of her father's infidelities. Struggling to makesense of what she has seen, Eve turns to her older sisterCisely, who dismisses her in fear of the truth, and then to herAunt Mozelle, a known psychic and rumored black widow.

Fear of a Black Hat (1992)

Directed by Rusty Cundieff. Cast: Rusty Cundieff, Larry B.Scott, Mark Christopher Lawrence, Kasi Lemmons. A filmmakerinfiltrates rap band NWH in this satire of gangsta rappers,which focuses on the hip hop trio Tasty-Taste, Ice Cold, andTone Def. The movie irreverently pokes fun at white rappers,the L.A. riots, as well as violence in rap. 95 min.
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