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African Americans in Film

Amazing Grace (1974)

Directed by Stan Lathan. Cast: Moms Mabley, Slappy White, Moses Gunn, James Karen, George Lee Miles, Gary Bolling, Dolph Sweet, Jon Richards, Stepin Fetchit, Butterfly McQueen. A black pious church-going widow and grandmother takes over the political campaign of a neighbor running for mayor of Baltimore,transforming him from a white man's pawn into a serious challenger of Baltimore's blue-blood establishment. 97 min. Credits andother information from the Internet Movie Database

Amazing Grace (UK / USA, 2006)

Directed by Michael Apted. Cast: Ioan Gruffudd, Rufus Sewell, Michael Gambon, Albert Finney, Youssou N'Dour, Ciaran Hinds. A dramatization of the life of the human rights activist, cultural reformer and member of Parliament, William Wilberforce who sustained a twenty-year fight in 19th century England, endeavoring to end the British transatlantic slave trade. Wilberforce encountered intense opposition from members of Parliament but his minister John Newton, a reformed slave ship captain who penned the hymn "Amazing Grace" urged him to see the cause through. 118 min.

American Gangster (2007)

Directed by Ridley Scott. Cast: Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Josh Brolin, Ted Levine, Armand Assante, John Ortiz, John Hawkes, RZA, Lymari Nadal, Roger Guenveur Smith. Disc one: Unrated extended version (177 min.); Original theatrical version (158 min.) -- Disc two: Special features (ca. 113 min.) -- Disc three: Special features (ca. 53min.). Following the death of his employer and mentor, Bumpy Johnson, Frank Lucas establishes himself as the number one importerof heroin in Harlem.

Amistad (1998)

Directed by Steven Spielberg. Cast: Morgan Freeman, Nigel Hawthorne, Anthony Hopkins, Djimon Hounsou, Matthew McConaughey, David Paymer, Pete Postlethwaite, Stellan Skarsgard. Based on true events, this film chronicles the 1839 revolt on board a slave ship bound for America. When the ship, La Amistad, is recaptured the Black Africans are brought to the United States where they are charged with murder.

Amos n' Andy

See also:
Descriptionof series from the Encyclopedia of Television
Ely, Melvin Patrick. The Adventures of Amos'n' Andy: A Social History of an American Phenomenon /Melvin Patrick Ely. New York: Free Press; Toronto : MaxwellMacmillan Canada; New York: Maxwell MacmillanInternational, c1991. (UCB Main PN1991.77.A6 E49 1991; UCB Moffitt PN1991.77.A6 E49 1991)

Anne B. Real (1997)

Director, Lisa France. Cast: CarlosLeon, Eric Smith, Jackie Quinones, SherriSaum, Geronimo Frias, Jr., Antonio Macia,Ja Nice Richardson, Ernie Hudson. WhenCynthia's father hands her a copy of "Thediary of Anne Frank" before dying, shenever imagined how it would help to openher soul. Trapped within her own prison, inthis coming of age story of a young femalerapper, Cynthia finds the courage to standup and fight for what is hers. 90 min. Credits and other information from the InternetMovie Database

Antwone Fisher (2002)

Director, Denzel Washington. Cast: Derek Luke, Joy Bryant, Denzel Washington, Salli Richardson, Earl Billings, Kevin Connolly, Viola Davis, Rainoldo Gooding. Guided by a determined Navy psychiatrist, a troubled sailor embarks on a personal,emotionally inspiring journey to confront his past and connect with the family he never knew. Inspired by the true life experiences of Antwone Fisher.

Ashes and Embers (1982)

Written, directed and produced by HaileGerima. Cast: John Anderson, Evelyn A.Blackwell, Norman Blalock, KathyFlewellen, Uwezo Flewellen, BarryWiggins. The story of the pained psycheof a black Vietnam veteran, Ned Charleswho returns to Los Angeles after hishitch is up. Anderson can't adjust tocivilian life and soon becomes involvedin minor crimes. The film explores histroubled relations with his grandmotherwho tries to help him come to termswith life and also with his activistgirlfriend and her friends. 120 min.;

B.A.P.S (Black American Princesses) (1997)

Director, Robert Townsend. Cast: HalleBerry, Martin Landau, Ian Richardson,Natalie Desselle. Nesi and Mickey aretwo waitresses at a crossroads.Underpaid and unappreciated, they dreamof owning a combination restaurant/hairsalon. There's a problem: they'rebroke. So when the chance to auditionas dance girls for a music video popsup, the girls head to L.A. They fail toget the part, but Nesi lands in themost improbable role of all,impersonating the granddaughter of anailing billionaires long-lost love for$10,000 and full use of his BeverlyHills estate. 90 min.

BaadAssss Cinema: A Bold Look at 70's Blaxploitation Films

In this groundbreaking documentary fromthe Independent Film channel, filmmakerIsaac Julien takes us back to the early 70sand the explosion of blaxploitation films,today one of American cinema's most belovedcult genres. Featuring a wealth of footagefrom classic films and interviews with keyplayers the film thoroughly exploresblaxploitation films from their breakoutcasting and unforgettable soundtracks tothe outrageous fashions and over-the-topstory lines. 2002. 56 min.

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