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African Americans in Film

Cotton Comes to Harlem (1970)

Directed by Ossie Davis. Cast: GodfreyCambridge, Raymond St. Jacques, CalvinLockhart, Judy Pace, Redd Foxx, JohnAnderson, Emily Yancy, Lou Jacobi,Eugene Roche, J.D. Cannon. Johnson andGrave Digger Jones are two Harlemplainsclothes cops investigating a"Back to Africa" campaign run by ashady preacher. 97 min.
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Crash (2004)

Directed by Paul Haggis. Cast: Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle,Matt Dillon, Jennifer Esposito, William Fichtner, Brendan Fraser,Terrence Howard, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Thandie Newton, RyanPhillippe, Larenz Tate. A car accident brings together a group ofstrangers in Los Angeles in this provocative, unflinching look atthe complexities of racial tolerance in contemporary America. 113min.Credits andother information from the Internet Movie Database
Academy Award - Best Picture

Crooklyn (1994)

Directed by Spike Lee. Cast: AlfreWoodard, Delroy Lindo, David PatrickKelly, Jose Zuniga, Isaiah Washington,Ivelka Reyes, Spike Lee, N. JeremiDuru, Frances Foster, Norman Matlock,Patriece Nelson, Joie Susannah Lee,Vondie Curtis-Hall, Tse-MachWashington, Carlton Williams,Christopher Knowings, Sarif Rashed,Zelda Harris. Director Spike Leefashions a bold, flavorful picture offamily life in a crowded but cozyBrooklyn neighborhood nicknamed"Crooklyn" by the Carmichaels, whoexperience one very special summer intheir hometown under difficult butoften wonderful circumstances. 114 min.;

Crown Heights (TV, 2004)

Directed by Jeremy Kagan. Cast: Mario Van Peebles, HowieMandel, Jeremy Blackman, Dequan Henderson, Jason Blicker. In Augustof 1991, an African American boy (Gavin Cato) was accidentallykilled by a car driven by a Hasidic Jewish man in the Crown Heightssection of Brooklyn. Four hours later Yankel Rosenbaum was murderedin retaliation. For the following three days, the Heightsexperienced riots and racial tensions. The efforts of an AfricanAmerican youth leader and a Hasidic rabbi bring the polarizedcommunities together. During this time, two teens, Yudi Simon andT.J.

Cryptz (2002)

Directed by Danny Draven. Cast: Choice Skinner, Rick Irvin,Dennis Waller, Jr, Lunden DeLeon, Ty Badger, Olympia Fernandez.Tymez, Fuzzy Down, and Likrish aren't what you'd call big names inthe rap world. After meeting Stesha, though, their hopes and dreamssuddenly seem a little closer to reality -- if only they canconvince her to pair up with them. Stesha eventually leads them toCryptz, a strip club where not everything is as it seems.

Da Hip Hop Witch (2000)

Directed by Dale Resteghini. Cast: Stacii JaeJohnson, Dale Resteghini, Eminem, Pras, KillahPriest, Spliff Star, Mobb Deep, Rock, Vanilla Ice,La the Darkman. Focuses on a supposed witch that isterrorizing popular hip hop singers. An ambitiousjournalist tries to learn the story behind thewitch. At the same time five white kids venture outof the suburbs and into the inner city to exposethe witch as a publicity stunt created to sellrecords. 94 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet MovieDatabase

Da Projects (1997)

Directed by Doris Wade. Cast: Stanley McKnight,Monea Shepard, CeCe Waterman, Flora Gillard,Elmeria Scales, Charles Harris, Debra Ann Byrd. Arealistic film capturing typical everyday lifesituations that minorities have to deal with livingin urban areas known as "the projects." Coco, ahigh school student sexually harassed by herstep-father, leaves home in search of comfort fromher brother, while her boyfriend is constantly madefun of in school and in the neighborhood. Debra andFlora are two nosy ladies from the projects ofHarlem, who miss nothing and always know the latestgossip. 80 min.

Dark Manhattan (1937)

Directed by Harry Fraser. Cast: Ralph Cooper,Cleo Herndon, Clarence Brooks, Jess Lee Brooks, SamMcDaniels, Corny Anderson, Rubeline Glover, JamesAdamson. On the tough back streets of Harlem, thugsand crooks fight for control of the numbers racket.One small time hood, 'Curly' Thorpe, is enlisted bythe biggest mob boss in town. Larry B. Lee, to behis protege. Curly takes over the operation,bringing a new level of brutality and greed toLennox Avenue. Beautiful women, fast cars and hardcash are all that Curly cares about, but he stepson the wrong toes to get them.

Daughters of the Dust (1991)

Directed by Julie Dash. Tells the story of a large African-American family as they prepare to move North at the dawn of the 20th century. Explores the unique culture of the Gullah people. 113 min.

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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

Related web sites: Julie Dash filmography and essays concerning Dash's work

Dead Presidents (1995)

Directors, Allen & Albert Hughes. Cast: Larenz Tate,Keith David, Chris Tucker, N'Bushe Wright, FreddyRodriguez, Bokeem Woodbine. On the streets, they callcash dead presidents. And that's just what a Vietnamveteran is after when he returns home from the war,only to find himself drawn into a life of crime. Withthe aid of his fellow vets he plans the ultimate heist- a daring robbery of an armored car filled withunmarked U.S. currency. 119 min.
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