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African Americans in Film

Straight Out of Brooklyn. (1991)

Noted as the directorial debut of Matty Rich (he was 19 when hemade the film), this is the story of a young man desperate toget out of the Brooklyn projects where he, his family and hisfriends live. He feels trapped there, surrounded by drugs anddanger, so he and his friends pull a robbery to obtain thefunds to take them out of Brooklyn forever. 83 min.
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Strange Fruit (2004)

Director, Kyle Schickner. Cast: Kent Faulcon, Berlinda Tolbert,David Raibon, Ron Bottitta, Christopher May, Leon Morenzie, SamJones. A successful New York lawer and gay African American mancomes home to rural Louisiana to investigate the lynching death ofthe also gay childhood friend. 88 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Strapped (1993)

Directed by Forest Whitaker. Cast: Bokeem Woodbine, Kia JoyGoodwin, Michael Biehn. An ex-con, attempting to go straight, runsacross serious problems when his girlfriend is arrested for dealingcrack to an undercover police officer. In a desperate attempt toget the charges dropped against her, he strikes a deal with aweapons cop to turn in local gun dealers. The D.A. however is notsatisfied, resulting in some serious game playing and doublecrossing. 102 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Streets is Watching: The Movie (1998)

Directed by Abdul Malik Abbott. Cast: Jay-Z, Damon Dash. Ainsightful dramatization of the life and times of hip-hop superstarJay-Z. Tells a story about life in the streets, combining anarrative structure and musical numbers into an autobiographicaltale of his life in Brooklyn, from hustler to performer. The titleof the video comes from his album In My Lifetime, Vol. 1 and alsoincludes numbers by M.O.P, Sauce Money, and Memphis Bleek.

Sucker Free City (2004)

Directed by Spike Lee. Cast: Ben Crowley, Ken Lueng, Anthony Mackie, Darris Love, Laura Allen, John Savage, Kathy Baker. Racial tension erupts and emotions collide when three young menfrom different ethnic backgrounds perpetrate low-level crimes that eventually infringe upon each other's neighborhoods. A riveting look at the gang culture of San Francisco. 113 min.
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Sugar Hill (1993)

Directed by Leon Ichaso. Cast: Wesley Snipes, Michael Wright,Theresa Randle, Leslie Uggams, Abe Vigoda. Roemello Skuggs and hisolder brother Raynathan grew up in Harlem with junkies for a motherand father. At an early age, the boys began working for one of thelocal bosses, Gus. As the years go by, their influence and powerexpands, until they have become the premier drug dealers in theneighborhood, wielding power to be reckoned with. But Roemello isbecoming disillusioned with his life of crime, and is desperatelyseeking a way out, even as Raynathan tries to keep the "team"together. 123 min.

Summer of Sam (2000)

Directed by Spike Lee. Cast: John Leguizamo, Mira Sorvino,Adrien Brody, Jennifer Esposito, Anthony La Paglia, Ben Gazzara. Inthe summer of 1977 in New York City, a man called the Son of Samcommits numerous murders. As friends in a small Italianneighborhood become obsessed with the idea that the Son of Sam issomeone nearby, the madman's plague of terror becomes the catalystthat prompts relationships to fall apart and trust to disintegrateinto dread. 142 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Sunday Sinners (1940)

Directed by Arthur Dreifuss. Cast: Mamie Smith,Edna Mae Harris, Alex Lovejoy, Christole Williams,Norman Astwood, Earl Sydnor, Thelma Norton. In thisall black cast musical feature, gangsters frame aminister's son for robbery and murder but thecongregation of his father's church help prove hisinnocence. 65 min. ;Credits and other information from the Internet MovieDatabase
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Super Fly (1972)

Directed by Gordon Parks, Jr. Cast: RonO'Neal, Carl Lee, Sheila Frazier,Julius Harris, Charles MacGregor, NateAdams, Polly Niles. Tale of a Harlemdrug dealer, Priest, who wants out ofcocaine-dealing but a drug kingpin doesnot want Priest to stop. He sets up onelast big drug deal before he retires,but is thwarted by double-crossers,murder and revenge. 93 min.
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Sweet Sweetback's Baad AsssssSong (1971)

Directed by Melvyn Van Peebles. Cast:Melvin van Peebles, Simon Chuckster, HubertScales, Niva Rochelle, Rhetta Hughes, BrerSoul, John Dullaghan. Presents the story ofa professional sex-show stud who kills twowhite policeman who are beating up a blackyouth. Presents the story of a professionalsex-show stud who kills two white policemenwho are beating up a black youth. Directedby Melvin Van Peebles. 97 min. ; Credits and other information from the InternetMovie Database

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