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Title
Year
Description
Hidden Figures
2016
NASA mathematicians Katherine Johnson (Taraji P.
Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and
Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae) cross gender and race
lines to help launch astronaut John Glenn (Glen
Powell) into outer space.

Genre(s): Drama
Director:
Cast: Taraji Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae,
Kevin Costner, Mahershala Ali, Kirsten Dunston,
Length: 2 hr 15 min
Rating: PG
Title
Year
Description
Fences
2016
Fences is directed by Denzel Washington from a screenplay by August Wilson, adapted
from Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play.

Genre(s): Drama
Director: Denzel Washington
Cast: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Jovan Adepo, Russel
Hornsby, Mykelti Williamson, Saniyya Sidney, Christopher Mele, Leslie Boone, Jason Silvis
Length: 138 min
Rating: PG-13
The Birth of a Nation
2016
This powerful drama chronicles the story of slave and preacher Nat Turner, who led a slave
rebellion in 1831 Virginia.

On Aug. 21, 1831, Baptist preacher Nat Turner (Nate Parker) leads a violent and historic
rebellion to free himself and other slaves in Southampton County, Va.

Genre(s):  Drama
Director: Nate Parker
Cast: Nate Parker, Coleman Domingo, Dwight Henry, Esther Scott, Gabrielle Union,
Aunjanue Ellis, Aja Naomi King, Roger Guenveur Smith, Penelope Ann Miller, Tony
Espinosa, Mark Boone Junior, Armie Hammer, Jackie Earle Haley, Jayson Warner Smith,
Jason Stuart
Length: 125 min
Rating: R (Must See)
3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets
2015
An argument with a white man outside of a convenience store results in the death of a
black teen, Jordan Davis.  This film examines the 2012 murder in Florida of an unarmed
African American teen, Jordan Davis, and the trial of his white shooter who received a
conviction of murder in the 1st degree and a sentence of life in prison without the
possibility for parole.

Genre(s):  Real Life
Director:  
Cast:
Length: 1hr 38min
Rating: (Must See)
Life of a King
2014
Life of a King is a true story of one man's inspiring mission to give inner-city youth in
Washington, D.C. something he never had - a future.

Genre(s):  Drama
Director:  Jake Goldberger
Cast:  Cuba Gooding, Jr., Malcolm Mays, Richard T. Jo
Length:  101 min
Rating: (Must See)
12 Years a Slave
2013
From acclaimed director Steve McQueen comes this moving film based on true story.  In
1841, Solomon Northup, a free citizen, is kidnapped & sold as a slave to a ruthless
plantation owner.

Genre(s): Drama
Cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong'o
Director:  Steve McQueen II
Rating: PG-13 (Must See)
Fruitvale Station
2013
This Sundance award-winner follows the true events of a 22-year-old loving father and
beloved son on his last day before being fatally shot by police on New Year's Day 2009

Genre(s): Real Life
Cast: Michael B. Jordan, Octavia Spencer
Rating: (Must See)
The Best Man Holiday
2013
Nearly 15 years after they were last together as a group, college friends Lance (Morris
Chestnut), Harper (Taye Diggs), Candace (Regina Hall), Quentin (Terrence Howard), Robyn
(Sanaa Lathan), Jordan (Nia Long), Murch (Harold Perrineau), and Mia (Monica Calhoun)
finally reunite over the Christmas holidays.  though much has changed in their lives, the
friends discover just how easy it is for long-forgotten rivalries and passionate romances to
be reignited.

Genre(s):  Shows;
Cast:  Morris Chestnut, Taye Diggs, Regina Hall, Terrance Howard, Sanaa Lathan, Nia Long,
Harold Perrineau, Monica Calhoun
Rating:  R
A Dark Truth
2012
A corporate whistle-blower (Dborah Kara Unger) hires a former CIA agent (Andy Garcia) --
now a talk-show host -- to expose her company's cover-up of a massacre in a South
American village.

Genre(s):  Mystery & Suspense
Director:
Cast:  Andy Garcia, Kim Coates, Deborah Unger, Eva Logoria, Forest Whitaker
Rating:  R
Django Unchained
2012
Winner of 2 Academy Awards including Best Original Screenplay.  With the help of his
mentor, a slave-turned-bounty hunter sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal plantation
owner.   A former slave (Jamie Foxx) joins forces with the German bounty hunter
(Christoph Waltz) who freed him and helps hunt down the South's most-wanted criminals,
all in the hope of finding his long-lost wife (Kerry Washington).

Two years before the Civil War, Django (Jamie Foxx), a slave, finds himself accompanying
an unorthodox German bounty hunter named Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) on a
mission to capture the vicious Brittle brothers.  Their mission successful, Schultz frees
Django, and together they hunt the South's most-wanted criminals.  Their travels take them
to the infamous plantation of shady Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio) where Django's
long-lost wife (Kerry Washington) is still a slave.

Genre(s):  Action & Adventure, Drama
Director:  Quentin Tarantino
Cast:  Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson, Kerry Washington
Good Deeds
2012
For all his life, wealthy businessman Wesley Deeds (Tyler Perry) has done what's expected
of him and has settled into a predictable routine.  His life begins to change, however, when
he meets Lindsey Wakefield (Thandie Newton), a struggling single mother who has just
been evicted.  Wesley offers to help Lindsey get back on her feet and though he's already
engaged, romatic sparks begin to fliy.  Suddenly, Wesley find himself torn between what is
expected of him and what he really wants.

Genre(s): Drama; Romance (TV-14)
Cast: Tyler Perry, Thandie Newton, Gabrielle Union, Phylicia Rashad
120 min.
Inescapable
2012
A father desperately searches for his daughter in the chaotic Middle East.

Genre(s): Mystery & Suspense
Cast: Alexander Siddig, Joshua Jackson, Marisa Tomei
Keep a Child Alive with
Alicia Keys
2012
Keep a Chile Alive-funded locations, where volunteers supply food, medical attention and
shelter to orphans affected by AIDS.

Genre(s): Interests; Shows (TV-MA)
Cast: Alicia Keys
Jumping the Broom
2011
A collision of worlds when two African-American families from divergent socioeconomic
backgrounds get together one weekend in Martha's Vineyard for a wedding.

Genre(s): Drama, Comedy
Rating: PG-13
Director:  Salim Akil
Cast: Julie Bowen, Paula Patton, Loretta Devine, Laz Alonso, Angela Bassett, Mike Epps
The Inheritance
2010
Five cousins attend a family reunion to secure their share of the family fortune and learn
the truth about their family's blood ancestry.

Genre(s):  Mystery & Suspense (TV-MA)
Cast: Keith David, Rochelle Aytes, Darrin Dewitt Henson
Not Easily Broken
2009
Dave Johnson (Morris Chestnut) and his wife, Clarice (Taraji P. Henson), appear to have it
all, but she has ignored his needs while she pursues a real-estate career.  The couple's
already weakened marriage faces the ultimate test after Clarice is involved in a car
accident, leaving her with a terrible leg injury.  Dave finds a sympathetic ear -- and possible
more -- with the physical therapist (Maeve Quinlan) who comes to treat her.

Genre(s):  Drama (TV-14)
Cast: Morris Chestnut, Taraji Henson, Maeve Quinlan, Kevin Hart,...
Tapestries of Hope
2009
African Betty Makoni founds the Girl Child Network in Zimbabwe to help and protect girls
who have been raped and sexually abused.

Genre(s): Interests (TV-MA)
Seven Pounds
2008
A strange IRS agent  uses his database to locate a series of needy people and goes to
elaborate lengths to improve their lives.  During the process, he falls in love with a woman
in need of a new heart.  It's only after he's killed himself and evyone's benefitted from his
generosity that we learn who he really was and why he did what he did.

Genre(s):  Drama
Director:  Gabriele Muccino
Cast:  Will Smith, Rosario Dawson, Michael Ealy
The Great Debaters
2007
The Great Debaters is inspired by the remarkable story of Wiley College's winning debate
team of the early 1930's.  Set against the backdrop of the Jim Crow South, The Great
Debaters chronicles the journey of the Wiley College debate team, coached by the brilliant
and passionate professor Melvin B. Tolson.  It was Tolson's inspiration that brought these
students from underdogs to victors in a time when more than the odds were against them.

Inspired by a true story, Washington shines as a brilliant but politically radical debate team
coach who uses the power of words to transform a group of underdog African American
college students into an historical powerhouse that took on the Harvard elite.

Genre(s): Drama
Rating: PG-13
Director:  Denzel Washington
Cast: Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker, Nate Parker, Jurnee Smollett, John Heard,
Kimberly Elise
Pride
2007
In 1970's Philadelphia, Jim Ellis (Terrence Howard), who is driven by a love of competitive
swimming, fixes up an abandoned pool building with the help of a janitor named Elston
(Bernie Mac).  But when city officials mark the place for demolition, he fights back by
founding an all-black swim team.  Facing racism, violence and hostile city official, Jim
struggles to prepare his novice swimmers for the state championships.

Genre(s):  Drama;
Cast: Terrence Howard, Bernie Mac, Kevin Phillips, Evan Ross,
Rating: TV-14
Blood Diamond
2006
As civil war rages through 1990 Sierra Leone, two men, a white South African mercenary
(Leonardo DiCaprio) and a black Mende Fisherman (Djimon Hounsou), become joined in a
common quest to recover a rare gem that has the power to transform their lives.  With the
help of an American journalist (Jennifer Connelly), the men embark on a hazardous trek
through rebel territory to achieve their goal.

Genre(s):  Action & Adventure; Drama (TV-MA)
Cast:  Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Connelly, Djimon Hounsou
Beyond the Gates
2005
In 1994 Rwanda, simmering tensions between the Hutus and Tutsis boil over into full-scale
genocide.  Two men, a priest named Father Christopher (John Hurt) and British
schoolteacher Joe Connor (Hugh Dancy), get caught up in the conflict and stay behind to
help those who seek shelter at the Ecole Technique Officielle.

Cast: John Hurt, Hugh Dancy, Dominique Horwitz
Diary of a Mad Black
Woman
2005
After 18 years of marriage to lawyer Charles (Steve Harris), Helen (Kimberly Elise) is
shocked when he announces he's ending their marriage and shacking up with Brenda (Lisa
Marcos).  Helen retreats to the house of her grandmother Madea (Tyler Perry), who helps
her destroy much Charles' property, earning her house arrest.  While Charles prepares for
the trial of a corrupt client, Helen is courted by Orlando (Shemar Moore), an affectionate
moving man with strong Christian values.

Genre(s): Family
Cast: Kimberly Elise, Steve Harris, Shemar Moore, Tamara Taylor
Hotel Rwanda
2004
Paul Rusesabagina (Don Cheadle), a Hutu, manages the Hotel des Mille Collines and lives a
happy life with his Tutsi wife (Sophie Okonedo) and their three children,  But when Hutu
military forces initiate a campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Tutsi minority, Paul is
compelled to allow refugees to take shelter in his hotel.  As the U.N. pulls out, Paul must
struggle alone to protect the Tutsi refugees in the face of the escalating violence later
known as the Rwanda genocide.

Genre(s):  Drama;
Rating:  TV14
Cast: Don Cheadle, Sophie Okonedo, Joaquin Phoenix, Nick Nolte, ...
Brown Sugar
2002
Sidney (Sanaa Lathan) and Dre (Taye Diggs) can attribute their friendship and the launch
of their careers to one single childhood instant...  witnessing the birth of hip-hop on a New
York street corner.  Now some 15 years later, she is a revered music critic and he is a
successful, though unfulfilled, music executive.  Both come to realize that their true life
passions will only be fulfilled by remembering what they learned that day on the corner.

Genre(s): Comedy; Drama;
Rating: PG-13
Cast: Taye Diggs, Sanaa Lathan, Mos Def, Nicole Parker, Boris Ko
Drumline
2002
Set against the high-energy, high-stakes world of show-style marching bands, "Drumline" is
a fish-out-of-water comedy about a talented street drummer from Harlem who enrolls in a
Southern university, expecting to lead its marching band's drumline to victory.  He initially
flounders in his new world before realizing that it takes a more than talent to reach the top.

Genre(s): Shows:
Rating: PG-13
Cast: Nick Cannon, Zoe Saldana, Orlando Jones, Leanord Roberts
Finding Forrester
2000
A unique relationship develops between an eccentric, reclusive novelist and a young,
amazingly gifted scholar-athlete.  After the novelist discovers that the young athlete is also
an excellent writer and secretly takes him on as his protege', they develop and unlikely
friendship.  As they learn more about each other, they learn more about themselves, and
ultimately, with the help of his new mentor, the basketball star must choose the right path.

Genre(s): Drama
Rating: PG-13
Cast: Sean Connery, Rob Brown, F. Murray Abraham, Ana Paquin, Matt Damon
Men of Honor
2000
The U.S. Navy's first black diver (Cuba Gooding Jr.) battles a salty chief (Robert De Niro),
racial prejudice and a crippling setback.

Carl Brashear (Cuba Gooding Jr.) is an ambitious sharecropper who joins the U.S. Navy to
become the world's first black master diver.  Bust as he works through diving training, the
bitter and racist Master Chief Billy Sunday (Robert De Niro) sets out to make Carl's journey
as difficult as possible.  Despite the entire Navy doubting his potential and sabotaging his
training, the determined Carl proves that he can overcome the discrimination around him.

Genre(s):  Drama
Cast:  Robert De Niro, Cuba Gooding Jr., Charlize Theron, Aunjanu
Rating:  R
Amistad
1997
 
Rosewood
1997
Rosewood, Florida, is a small, peaceful town with an almost entirely African-American
population of middle-class homeowners, until New Year's Day 1923, when a lynch mob
from a neighboring white community storms the town.  Among the carnage, music teacher
Sylvester (Don Cheadle) and mysterious stranger Mann (Ving Rhames) stand tall against
the invaders, while white grocer John (jon Voight) attempts to save the town's women and
children.  The film is based on a true story.

Genre(s): Drama;
Rating: R
Cast:  Ving Rhames, Don Cheadle, Jon Voight, Bruce McGill, Loren Dean, Ester Rolle, Elise
Neal, Catherine Kellner,
Length:  2hr 25min
Inside
1996
A South African colonel (Nigel Hawthorne) answers for his brutal treatment of a political
prsioner (Eric Stoltz) 10 years earlier.

Genre(s):  Drama
Cast:  Eric Stoltz, Nigel Hawthorne, Louis Gossett Jr. Ian Roberts,
The Journey of August King
1995
A widowed farmer (Jason Patric) on his way home helps a rich man's (Larry Drake)
runaway slave girl (Thandie Newton) escape from the South.

Genre(s):  Drama
Cast:  Jason Patric, Thandie Newton, Larry Drake, Sam Waterston
Rating:  PG13
Zooman
1995
Rueben Tate (Louis Gossett Jr.) is devastated when his 9-year-old daughter is killed by a
stray bullet during a gangland shootout.  He is equally disturbed to learn that in the wake
of the heinous crime no one is willing to testify against the shooter, a petty thug known as
Zooman (Khalil Kain), despite there being several witnesses.  Frustrated by the apathy that
surrounds him in his neighborhood, Reuben resolves to take matters into his own hands.

Genre(s): Drama;
Cast: Louis Gossett Jr., Charles Dutton, CCH Pounder, Cynthia Martells, Alyssa Ashley
Nichols, Hill Harper, Khalil Kain
Rating: R
Time: 100 min.
Sarafina!
1992
Sarafina (Leleti Khumalo) is a young black South African struggling for freedom during the
apartheid.  While she has remained relatively silent in her opposition of the racist
government in her country, the movement to make the language of Afrikaans the official
language in her school leads her to protest in the streets with her fellow students.  Her
anti-government views become even more intense when her favorite teacher (Whoopi
Goldberg) is arrested for protesting.

Genre(s):  Drama; Music;
Cast:  Leleti Khumalo, Whoopi Goldberg, Miriam Makeba, John
Rating:  PG13
Lean on Me
1989
In this fact-based film, a New Jersey superintendent, Dr. Frank Napier (Robert Guillaume),
watches helplessly as East Side High becomes the lowest-ranked school in the state.  With
nowhere else to turn, Dr. Napier enlists maverick ex-teacher Joe Clark (Morgan Freeman)
to take over as principal of the declining school.  Unfortunately for Clark, before he can
focus on improving the student body's state exam scores, he has to somehow rid the
school of its gang and narcotics problems.

Genre(s):  Drama; Interests;
Cast:  Morgan Freeman, Robert Guillaume, Beverly Todd,
Rating:  V-14
The Wiz
1978
When Harlem schoolteacher Dorothy (Diana Ross) tries to save her dog a from a storm,
she's miraculously whisked away to an urban fantasy land called Oz.  After accidentally
killing the Wicked Witch of the East upon her arrival, Dorothy is told about the Wiz
(Richard Pryor), a wizard who can help her get back to Manhattan.  As Dorothy goes in
search of the Wiz, she's joined by the Scarecrow (Michael Jackson), the Tin Man (Nipsey
Russell) and the Cowardly Lion (Ted Ross).

Genre(s):  Music;
Cast:  Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Richard Pryor, Nipsey Russell, Ted Ross...
Rating:  G
 
 
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