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Films by Black Film Makers

Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)

Directed by Carl Franklin. Cast: Denzel Washington, Don Cheadle, Jennifer Beals, Tom Szemore, Mauri Chaykin, Leon Lee. Ezekiel "Easy" Rawlins is a decorated war hero who returns home to work as a private eye. His job of finding a missing socialite puts him between the white power elite and the vibrant black commumnity of Central Avenue. As soon as Easy and his trigger-happy friend Mouse find Daphne Monet, trouble follows. 101min. Credits and other information from the Internet MovieDatabase

Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005)

Directed by Darren Grant. Cast: Kimberly Elise, Steve Harris,Shemar Moore, Tamara Taylor, Lisa Marcos, Tiffany Evans, CicelyTyson, Tyler Perry. Helen McCarter would seem to have it all.She's married to Charles who is one of Atlanta's mostsuccessful attorneys. But despite having wealth and prestige,things are not as they seem in the McCarter home. On theevening of their anniversary, Charles drops a bombshell onHelen - he's divorcing her for another woman.

Do the Right Thing (1989)

Director: Spike Lee. Cast: Danny Aiello (Sal), Ossie Davis (Da Mayor), Ruby Dee (Mother Sister), Richard Edson (Vito), Giancarlo Esposito (Buggin Out), Spike Lee (Mookie), Bull Nunn (Radio Raheem), John Turturro (Pino), Rosie Perez (Tina), Joie Lee (Jade), Sam Jackson (Mister Se~nor Love Daddy).

Don't be a Menace to South Central while Drinking your Juice in the Hood (1996)

Directed by Paris Barclay. Cast: Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans.From block parties and beepers to high tops and high-powered weapons, it's everything that's funny about growing up in the'hood ... the Wayans Brothers' neighborhood, that is! 89 min.
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Drumline (2002)

Directed by Charles Stone III. Cast: Nick Cannon, Zoe Saldana,J. Anthony Brown, GQ, Leonard Roberts, Orlando Jones. Halftimeis party time for the gifted street drummer who snares the topspot in his university's marching band. However, he initiallyflounders in his new world, before realizing that it takes morethan talent to reach the top. 118 min.
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Drylongso (1998)

Directed by Cauleen Smith. Cast: Toby Smith, April Barnett,Will Power, Channel Schafer, Salim Akil. "Drylongso," anAfrican-American expression meaning "getting by with verylittle," presents the story of a young woman in just thatsituation. Living in Oakland, California and frustrated withher own life Pica grabs a camera and decides to document theexistence of young black men, whom she feels are a breed on theverge of becoming extinct. Through this project, she meets manycolorful characters and also suffers the death of herboyfriend.

Dutchman (1967)

Director, Anthony Harvey. Cast: Al Freeman, Shirley Knight,Frank Lieberman, Robert Calvert, Howard Bennett. A film adaptationof the play of the same name by Le Roi Jones (Amiri Baraka). Dealswith a white woman enticing, then humiliating and finally knifing ablack man while they ride a subway train in New York City. 55 min.

Eve's Bayou (1997)

Directed by Kasi Lemmons. Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, LynnWhitfield, Debbi Morgan, Vondie Curtis Hall, Branford Marsalis,Lisa Nicole Carson, Jurnee Smollett, Diahann Carroll. RozBatiste is a beautiful and dedicated mother of three, who isforced to admit that her family is falling apart due to herphilandering husband Louis. Her younger daughter, Eve,witnesses one of her father's infidelities. Struggling to makesense of what she has seen, Eve turns to her older sisterCisely, who dismisses her in fear of the truth, and then to herAunt Mozelle, a known psychic and rumored black widow.

Fear of a Black Hat (1992)

Directed by Rusty Cundieff. Cast: Rusty Cundieff, Larry B.Scott, Mark Christopher Lawrence, Kasi Lemmons. A filmmakerinfiltrates rap band NWH in this satire of gangsta rappers,which focuses on the hip hop trio Tasty-Taste, Ice Cold, andTone Def. The movie irreverently pokes fun at white rappers,the L.A. riots, as well as violence in rap. 95 min.

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For Colored Girls (2002?)

Directed by Tyler Perry. Cast: Janet Jackson, Loretta Devine,Michael Ealy, Kimberly Elise, Omari Hardwick, Hill Harper, ThandieNewton, Phylicia Rashad, Anka Noni Rose, Tessa Thompson, KerryWashington, Whoopi Goldberg. Adapted by writer/director Tyler Perryfrom Ntozake Shange's acclaimed choreopoem, this gripping filmpaints an unforgettable portrait of what it means to be a woman ofcolor in the modern world. Each of the women portray one of thecharacters represented in the collection of twenty poems, revealingdifferent issues that impact women in general and women of color inparticular.

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