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#BlackMovieMagic Part 2 – A Celebration of Black Cinema: For The Love of the Streets

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Juice (1992)

Another Omar Epps-driven project, Juice also starred Tupac as the iconic character Bishop. He has since been immortalized as a meme and as a lyrical reference from everyone from Phife Dawg to YG.

I am crazy, but you know what else...

2
Menace II Society (1993)

This 1993 movie was the debut picture from the Hughes Bros and helped solidify the careers of Jada Pinkett (before the Smith), Larenz Tate and Samuel Jackson. It had a popular soundtrack and took home the MTV Music Award for Best Movie the following year.  Caine and O-Dog defined the epitome of the 90s-gangsta mentality.

What you say about my mama?

3
Friday (1995)

 

Ice Cube grew from rapper to an actor to writer/producer with the release of the Friday Franchise starring opposite Nia Long. Directed by F. Gary Gray, this hysterical movie give us characters like Chris Tucker’s Smokey, Debo, Red, Ezel, Mrs. Parker, and Big Worm.

#ByeFelicia - Fun fact, Angela Means who played Felisha now owns a Vegan restaurant called the Jackfruit Café in Los Angeles.

 

You know this, man!

4
Dead Presidents (1995)

The Vietnam drama turned armored car heist that is Dead Presidents seems to transport us back in time with its props, wardrobe, and soundtrack. Larenz Tate again paired with the Hughes Bros and was joined by Chris Tucker in a major departure from his role in Friday. The movie’s poster of a black and white painted face is one of the coldest images of all time.

Walk up in the courtroom like...

5
Waiting to Exhale (1995)

#StrongBlackWomen had been waiting for a film like this for years. Angela Bassett, Loreta Devine, Whitney Housten and Lela Rochon in a film directed by Forest Whitaker gave us life and put no-good men on notice.

"Was your lover and your secretary"

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Set It Off (1996)

Set It Off had all the female bonding of Waiting to Exhale with all the bank heist energy of Dead Presidents. Queen Latifa's tragic character Cleo gave us one of the most intense death scenes ever filmed. Vivica Fox, Jada Pinkett Smith and Kimberly Elise rounded out the main cast and had us laughing and weeping throughout this rollercoaster of a film.

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Love Jones (1997)

Larenz Tate and Nia Long aka Darius and Nina made this Southside Chicago love saga an affair to remember. Bill Bellamy and Isaiah Washington rounded out the supporting cast and Wyclef lent his talents to the film's music direction which included Maxwell, Lauryn Hill and Dione Farris.

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