The 1990s was the decade when gangsta culture took over hip-hop and this was reflected in #BlackCinema. Fortunately, we also got some powerful love stories that showed that the power of #BlackLove can be stronger than street violence.
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.
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.
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.
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.
#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.
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.