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Films by Black Film Makers

For Colored Girls (2002?)

Directed by Tyler Perry. Cast: Janet Jackson, Loretta Devine,Michael Ealy, Kimberly Elise, Omari Hardwick, Hill Harper, ThandieNewton, Phylicia Rashad, Anka Noni Rose, Tessa Thompson, KerryWashington, Whoopi Goldberg. Adapted by writer/director Tyler Perryfrom Ntozake Shange's acclaimed choreopoem, this gripping filmpaints an unforgettable portrait of what it means to be a woman ofcolor in the modern world. Each of the women portray one of thecharacters represented in the collection of twenty poems, revealingdifferent issues that impact women in general and women of color inparticular.

Friday (1995)

Director, F. Gary Gray. Cast: Ice Cube, Chris Tucker, Nia Long,Tiny "Zeus" Lister, Jr., Regina King, Anna Maria Horsford, BernieMac, John Witherspoon. Rap's hottest star leads the nonstop laughsin this hip-hoppin' look at a day in the life of the 'hood. Craigis an alright guy with some crazy friends. Like Smokey who has 24hours to pay back Deebo, South Central's nastiest thug, or else!Trouble is, neither Craig's mother nor his main squeeze has thebread. As time ticks away, the chance this pair will ever seeSaturday is fading fast.

G (2002)

Directed by Christopher Scott Cherot. Cast:Richard T. Jones,Blair Underwood, Andre Royo, Chenda Maxwell. Inspired by 'The GreatGatsby', this story follows rap mogul Summer G on a journey toregain what he desires most - the love of his life, who is marriedto someone else. Summer would give up his millions to rekindle aromance with his one true love. 96 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Gang in Blue (TV, 1996)

Directed by Mario Van Peebles and Melvin Van Peebles. Cast:Josh Brolin, Melvin Van Peebles, Cynda Williams, Stephen Lang, J.T.Walsh. A black police officer discovers a cell of white supremacistvigilantes within his department. 97 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Get On the Bus (1996)

Directed by Spike Lee. Cast: Charles S. Dutton, Andre Braugher,Isaiah Washington, Ossie Davis, DeAundre Bonds, ThomasJefferson Byrd, Richard Belzer, Albert Hall. Follows a group ofdifferent men traveling from Los Angeles to the Million ManMarch in Washington, D.C. They board the bus as strangers butemerge three days and thousands of miles later as brothers. 121min.
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Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2005)

Directed by Jim Sheridan. Cast: Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson,Terrence Howard, Joy Bryant, Bill Duke, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje,Omar Benson Miller, Viola Davis. A rap superhero is encased inmuscular flesh like armor, his face is an impassive mask, hereaches out to destroy his enemies with his unique talent. Marcusis a gangster who breaks from his youthful life of crime to triumphas a rapper. Marcus's girlfriend helps him pull free the wiresholding his jaw shut when he's recovered from being shot in theface.

Girl 6 (1996)

Directed by Spike Lee. Cast: Theresa Randle, Isaiah Washington,Spike Lee, Jenifer Lewis, Debi Mazar, John Turturro, Madonna,Quentin Tarantino. When an attractive, talented actressdiscovers that the only job she can get is working as a fantasytelephone operator, she decides to make the most of it. As Girl6, she soon becomes the most popular girl in town. 108 min.;
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Greetings from Africa (1994)

Directed by Cheryl Dunye. In this short a lesbian, played bydirector Dunye, searches for someone to date. Then she meets L,a beautiful woman who leads her in and out of hot water. 8 min.
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Hangin' with the Homeboys (1991)

Directed by Joseph B. Vasquez. Cast: Doug E. Doug, MarioJoyner, John Leguizamo, Nestor Serrano. A streetwise account of awild night on the town with four Bronx homies--two AfricanAmericans, a Puerto Rican, and an Italian. 90 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Harlem Nights (1989)

Directed by Eddie Murphy. Cast: Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor,Redd Foxx, Danny Aiello, Michael Lerner, Della Reese, Stan Shaw,Jasmine Guy, and Arsenio Hall. Three generations of comedy legendsstar in this tale of nightclub owner Sugar Ray (Richard Pryor) andhis son Quick (Eddie Murphy), who fight to keep a vicious mobsterand a corrupt police force from putting them out of business. 115min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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