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African Americans in Film

Slam (1998)

Directed by Marc Levin. Cast: Saul Williams, Sonja Sohn, BonzMalone, Beau Sia, Lawrence Wilson. Trapped in Dodge City, adrug-infested war zone in southeast Washington D.C., Ray Joshuagets caught up in a drug deal gone bad and is sucked into thecriminal justice system. In jail he finds truth in himself and hiscraft through Lauren Bell, a beautiful and charismatic writingteacher who leads him to the path of salvation. Using his talentfor poetic rap, Ray learns to survive and rise above the pain ofhis lost generation.

Small Steps, Big Strides

This tribute celebrates African American silverscreen legends. Included are interviews and rarefootage documenting the kinds of roles black actorswere first given, the challenges these performersmet, and the real behind-the-scenes story of theiracceptance and triumphs in Hollywood.

Soldier's Story (1984)

Directed by Norman Jewison. Cast: Howard E. Rollins, Jr.,Adolph Caesar. A race relations drama about a military murderat a black army base near the end of World War II, and thesubsequent investigation of the murder. Based on: A soldier'splay / Charles Fuller. Special features: Production notes,March to freedom documentary narrated by Paul Winfield,director Norman Jewison's commentary, original theatricaltrailer, bonus theatrical trailer. 102 min. ;
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Something New (2006)

Director Sanaa Hamri. Cast: Sanaa Lathan, Simon Baker, MikeEpps, Donald Faison, Blair Underwood, Wendy Rachel Robinson, GoldenBrooks, Taraji P. Henson, Alfre Woodard. A beautiful L.A. careerwoman, Kenya works as a senior manager at a prestigious accountingfirm, and is on the verge of making partner. But she has yet tofind her own partner and a fulfilling personal life. After anotherValentine's Day spent working late, Kenya agrees to a blind datewith Brian, a free-spirited landscape architect who is not exactlywhat she'd pictured for herself.

Son of Ingagi (1940)

Directed by Richard C. Kahn; written by Spencer Williams. Cast: Zack Williams, Laura Bowman, Alfred Grant, Spencer Williams, Daisy Buford. A huge, horrifying ape creature is hidden in the laboratory of a sinster old house. The monster is the creation of Dr. Helen Jackson, a scientist who dabbles in the world of black magic and mysticism. Jackson experiments with a strange potion that transforms the beast-man into a maniacal, uncontrolled killer. Two newlyweds, who are guests in the doctor's home, are soon trapped b ythe hideous creature.

Song of Freedom (1936)

Directed by J. Elder Wills. Cast: Paul Robeson,Elizabeth Welch, Robert Adams, Orlando Martins,James Solomon, Toto Ware. Robeson portrays asuccessful concert singer in England who discovershe is the descendant of a West African queen whosetribe is now in need of a leader. He returns to thehome of his ancestors; the island of Casanga offthe coast of Africa. However, following his arrivalconflict erupts over his claim to royalty. 80 min.;Credits and other information from the Internet MovieDatabase

Song of the South (1946)

Directed by Harve Foster and Wilfred Jackson. Walt Disney Productions. On a long-ago Southern plantation, small children listen to the Brer Rabbit stories told by an elderly servant named Uncle Remus. Based on Tales of Uncle Remus by Joe Chandler Harris.91 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Soul Food (1997)

Directed by George Tillman, Jr. Cast: Vanessa L. Williams,Vivica A. Fox, Nia Long, Michael Beach, Mekhi Phifer, Jeffrey D.Sams, Irma P. Hall, Gina Ravera, Brandon Hammond. Sunday dinner atMother Joe's is a mouth-watering, 40-year tradition. As seenthrough the eyes of her grandson Ahmad, love and laughs are alwayson the menu, despite the usual rivalries simmering between his momMaxine and her sisters Teri and Bird. But when serious bickeringstarts to tear the family apart, the good times suddenly stop.

Souls of Sin (1949)

Directed by Powell Lindsay. Cast: WilliamGreaves, Jimmy Wright, Emory Richardson, BillieAllen, Savannah Churchill, Powell Lindsay. Amusician from Alabama moves into a small Harlemflat with a gambler and an unemployed writer. Themusician works his way into a successful job, butthe gambler gets killed. The writer is then hiredto write about the the gambler's life and life inHarlem. A film produced by blacks for a blackaudience. 65 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet MovieDatabase

Sounder (1972)

Directed by Martin Ritt. Cast: Cicely Tyson, Paul Winfield.Sounder is the heartwarming story of a black sharecropper family inLouisiana during the Depression. A father steals food for hisfamily, his wife provides love, security and strength while he isin prison, and their oldest son bravely becomes the man of thehouse until his father returns. Together they love and laugh,struggle and survive, and dream and hope of a more promisingfuture. 105 min. ;
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