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African Americans in Film

The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings (1976)

Directed by John Badham. Cast: Billy Dee Williams, James EarlJones, Richard Pryor, Rico Dawson. African-American baseballpitcher Bingo Long, tired of being jerked around by theless-than-ethical managers of the Negro League teams, forms his ownbarnstorming ball club. Though boycotted by powerful Negro Leaguemanager Sallison Porter, the Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars andMotor Kings flourish, gaining a loyal fandom with every new gameand cutting into the League's profits.

The Black King (Harlem Hot Shot) (1932)

Directed by Bud Pollard. Cast: A.B. Comathiers,Vivianne Baker, Knolly Mitchell, Dan Michaels,Mary Jane Watkins, Harry Gray, Mike Jackson,Lorenzo Tucker, Trixie Smith. this film is oneof the earliest films to focus on "The Back toAfrica" movement. Made by an independentwhite-owned company, this film was billed as asatire on the life of Marcus Garvey. 70 min.
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The Blind Side (2009)

Directed by John Lee Hancock. Cast: Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw,Quinton Aaron, Jae Head, Lily Collins, Ray McKinnon, Kim Dickens,Adriane Lenox, Kathy Bates. Based on the true life story of MichaelOher. Mike, a homeless African-American teenager from a broken homeis taken in by the Touhys, a well-to-do white family who help himfulfill his potential. Living in his new environment, Mike faces acompletely different set of challenges to overcome-- as both afootball player and student.

The Blood of Jesus (1941)

Directed by Spencer Williams. Cast: SpencerWilliams, Cathryn Caviness, Heavenly Choir,Juanita Riley, James B. Jones, Frank H.McClennan, Eddue DeBuse, Rogenia Goldthwaite,Reather Hardeman, Alva Fuller. Concerns theaccidental shooting of a woman and of the faithin Jesus that brings her back. As she liesdying, her soul goes on a symbolic journey inwhich it rejects Hell for Zion, Satan for God,at the foot of the cross. When she awakensrecovered, the choir of sisters and brothersfrom the church come in to sing and celebratethe miracle.

The Bronze Buckeroo (1939)

Directed by Richard C. Kahn. Cast: HerbertJeffrey, Lucius Brooks, Artie Young, F.E.Miller, Spencer Williams, Jr., Clarence Brooks.Bob Blake and his boys arrive at Joe Jackson'sranch to find him missing. While Slim cheatsDusty out of his money using ventriloquism andmarked cards, Blake tries to find Jackson.Learning that Thorne and his gang are holdinghim prisoner, he and his men trail them. WhenThorne's gang gets the drop on them, Slim putshis ventriloquism to work. Filmed with an allBlack cast and crew. 56 min. ; also;

The Color Purple (1985)

Steven Spielberg's movie adaptation of Alice Walker's novel.Cast: Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover, Adolph Caesar, MargaretAvery, Rae Dawn Chong, Oprah Winfrey. A young uneducated womanliving in the rural South is raped by her father who thenforces her to marry a man who beats her. Her life istransformed by the friendship of two women who help her findself-respect and the courage to change her life.

The Cotton Club (1984)

Directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Cast: Richard Gere, GregoryHines, Diane Lane, Lonette McKee, Bob Hoskins, Nicolas Cage,Fred Gwynne. In 1928 New York, spirits are high and jazz,dancing and gangsters rule supreme. Harlem's Cotton Club is inthe center of it all, where rich upper-eastsiders mix withdressed-up mobsters. On stage is gifted coronet player DixieDwyer, who dreams of the big time, and tap sensation SandmanWilliams who can't touch his girl, the lovely singer Lila RoseOliver, because of strict club rules.

The Defiant Ones (1958)

Directed by Stanley Kramer. Cast: Tony Curtis and SidneyPoitier star in Stanley Kramer's groundbreaking film that tearsinto the problem of racial hatred. The plot centers on thesetwo convicts fleeing a chain gang in the deep South. 1 hour 37min. ;
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British Academy of Film and TelevisionArts Awards - Best Foreign Actor (SidneyPoitier)
Golden Globe Awards - Best MotionPicture, Drama