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Films by Black Film Makers

Menace II Society (1993)

Directed by Allen and Albert Hughes. Cast: Tyrin Turner, LarenzTate, Jada Pinkett, with supporting roles by Charles S. Duttonand Bill Duke. A young street hustler in Watts attempts toescape the rigors and temptations of the ghetto in a quest fora better life. Directed by twin brothers this criticallyacclaimed cinematic masterpiece brilliantly details real lifein today's tough inner city. 104 min. ;
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Mo' Better Blues (1990)

Directed by Spike Lee. Cast: Denzel Washington (Bleek Gillian),Spike Lee (Giant), Wesley Snipes (Shadow Henderson), GiancarloEsposito (Left Hand Lacey), Robin Harris (Butterbean Jones),Joie Lee (Indigo Jones), Bill Nunn (Bottom Hammer), CyndaWilliams (Clarke Betancourt). Talented trumpeter Bleek Gilliamis obsessed by his music and indecisive about his girlfriendsIndigo and Clarke. But when he is forced to come to the aid ofhis manager and childhood friend, Bleek finds his world morefragile than he ever imagined. 129 min. ;

Mutiny (1999)

Directed by Kevin Hooks. Cast: Michael Jai White, Duane Martin,David Ramsey, Matthew Glave, David Barry Gray. In 1944, aVictory ship exploded at the Port Chicago navy base near SanFrancisco killing 320 and wounding hundreds more. The victimswere mostly untrained African-American sailors, forced to dothe dangerous (and segregated) job of loading live munitions.When 50 of the shaken survivors refused to continue thehazardous duty without proper training and equipment, the mostexplosive military trail in the nation's history began... 90min.

My Brother's Wedding (1999)

Directed by Charles Burnett. Cast: Everett Silas, JessieHolmes, Gaye Shannon-Burnett, Ronald E. Bell, Dennis Kemper, SallyEaster. Pierce Mundy works at his parents' South Central drycleaners with no prospects for the future and his childhood buddiesin prison or dead. With his best friend just getting out of jailand his brother busy planning a wedding to a snootyupper-middle-class black woman, Pierce navigates his conflictingobligations while trying to figure out what he really wants inlife. Bonus features: Both versions of My brother's wedding (118min. director's cut and the 83 min.

Native Son (1986)

Directed by Jerrold Freedman Cast: Oprah Winfrey, Matt Dillon.Motion picture based on Richard Wright's novel. 112 min.
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New Jack City (1991)

Directed by Mario Van Peebles. Cast: Wesley Snipes, Ice T,Mario van Peebles, Judd Nelson. Gangster film about a young,rich, smart drug baron who thinks he's untouchable, and thetough, street-smart cops determined to bring him down. 101 min.
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Night Catches Us (2009)

Directed by Tanya Hamilton. Cast: Anthony Mackie, KerryWashington, Jamie Hector, Wendell Pierce, Ron Simons, TariqTrotter, Jamara Griffin, Amari Cheatom. In 1976, complex politicaland emotional forces are set in motion when a young man returns tothe race-torn Philadelphia neighborhood where he came of age duringthe Black Power movement. 90 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Night John (TV, 1996)

Directed by Charles Burnett. Cast: Beau Bridges, Carl Lumbly,Bill Cobbs, Lorraine Toussaint, Allison Jones. When a new slavenamed NightJohn is brought to the plantation, he opens a whole newworld for Sarny because he has forbidden talents -- he can read andalso he can teach. As she learns to read she learns the power ofwords and the unconquerable strength of the human spirit. Based onthe book by Gary Paulsen. 96 min.Credits andother information from the Internet Movie Database
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Noah's Arc: Jumping the Broom (2008)

Directed by Patrik-Ian Polk.. Cast: Darryl Stephens, RodneyChester, Doug Spearman, Christian Vincent, Jensen Atwood. Atheatrical release based on the television series Noah's arc. Noahgets ready to tie the knot, Ricky dates a young college student,Chance and Eddie see if the grass is truly greener, and Alex triesto plan the perfect wedding. 99 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Noah's Arc: The Complete First Season (TV,2005-2006)

Cast: Darryl Stephens, Rodney Chester, Christian Vincent, DougSpearman, Jensen Atwood. Noah, a young African American gay man,and his friends attempt to find love and happiness in Los Angeles.Contents Disc 1. My one temptation, pts. 1-2 -- Don't mess with myman -- Don't make me over -- Nothin' goin' on but the rent -- Disc2. Writing to reach you -- Love is a battlefield -- I'm with stupid-- Got til it's gone -- Disc 3. Special features.

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