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Films by Black Film Makers

He Got Game (1998)

Directed by Spike Lee. Cast: Denzel Washington, Ray Allen,Milla Jovovich, Rosario Dawson. With promises of a reducedsentence, Jake Shuttlesworth (Washington) is granted temporaryrelease from state prison in order to persuade the nation's topcollege basketball recruit, his estranged son Jesus, to play ballfor the Governor's alma mater! But just as the son faces intensepressures and irresistible temptations contemplating his bigdecision, the father is also forced to consider not only what'sbest for himself but what's best for his son. 136 min.

Higher Learning (1995)

Directed by John Singleton. Cast: Jennifer Connelly, Ice Cube,Omar Epps, Regina King, Michael Rapaport, Kristy Swanson, TyraBanks, Jason Wiles, Laurence Fishburne. First-term freshmenfrom different countries, races and social backgrounds areforced to integrate when they all enroll in ColumbusUniversity. They all have their own problems, which arestrained to the breaking point by prejudice, inexperience andmisunderstandings. 127 min.
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Hollywood Shuffle (1987)

Directed by Robert Townsend. Cast: Robert Townsend, Craigus R.Johnson, Helen Martin, Starletta DuPois. Bobby Taylor waits forhis big break as an actor and dreams of leading roles, AcademyAwards, stretch limos and adoring fans. 81 min. ;
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House Party (1990)

Directed by Reginald Hudlin. Cast: Christopher Reid, RobinHarris, Christopher Martin, Martin Lawrence, Tisha Campbell, A.J.Johnson, Paul Anthony, Kid 'N' Play, Full Force. One night in EastSt. Louis--the "Blackest city in America"--two teenagers decide totake advantage of vacationing parents by throwing a bash, a houseparty. A sort of black version of "Risky Business." Starring Kids'N Play, Robin Harris, Full Force, and Tisha Campbell. 100 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

How to Be a Player (1997)

Directed by Reginald Hudlin. Cast: Bill Bellamy, NatalieDesselle, Bernie Mac. Dray is a young playboy whose only objectivein life seems to be to have sex with as many girls as he canwithout getting caught by his girlfriend Lisa. Dray's sister Jennyand her friend Katrina plan to show him that the way he lives iswrong and organize a party in Malibu, inviting all of hisgirlfriends. 100 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

I am Not Your Negro (2016)

Directed by Raoul Peck. Using James Baldwin's unfinished final manuscript, Remember This House, this documentary follows the lives and successive assassinations of three of the author's friends, Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr., delving into the legacy of these iconic figures and narrating historic events using Baldwin's original words and a flood of rich archival material.

I'm Gonna Git You Sucka (1988)

Directed by Keenen Ivory Wayans. Cast: Bernie Casey, Jim Brown,Isaac Hayes, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Janet Dubois, Antonio Fargas.In this ultra-slick, urban action comedy Mr. Slade comes out ofretirement along with Jack Spade to try to clean up Mr. Big'sneighborhood from crimes, drugs and the over use of gold chainsas they take on the local gang boss in his hangout, the BigBrim Bar. 89 min.
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Illusions (1983)

Directed by Julie Dash. Cast: Lonette McKee, Rosanne Katon, NedBellamy, Jack Radar. Story takes place in 1942 and is aboutMignon Dupree, a black woman studio executive who appears to bewhite, and Ester Jeeter, a black woman who is the singing voicefor a white Hollywood star. The film follows the struggles ofthe women as well as the use of motion picture films inHollywood during wartime. 34 min.

Juice (1992)

Directed by Ernest R. Dickerson. Cast: Omar Epps, JermaineHopkins, Khalil Kain, Tupac Shakur. Four Harlem friends spend theirdays hanging out and looking for a way to get the power and respectthey call juice, when one of them plans to take it through an armedrobbery, and wants the crew to be with him. Features cuttingedge-rap and rock music. 95 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Jungle Fever (1991)

Directed by Spike Lee. Cast: Wesley Snipes, Annabella Sciorra,Spike Lee, Ossie Davis, Anthony Quinn. An Afro-American architectbegins an affair with his working class Italian secretary. Theirrelationship causes them to be scrutinized by their friends, castout from their families and shunned by their neighbors in thismoving view of inner-city life. 131 min.Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
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