#BlackMovieMagic Part 3 – A Celebration of Black Cinema: Doin’ It for the Culture

Soul Food (1997)

If you never had Sunday dinner at a big mama's house, Soul Food made you wish you had. Vanessa Williams, Vivica Fox and Nia Long played a trio of sisters that are forced to face some hard truths in this powerful dramedy that spawned a tv spin-off. Cameos from K-Ci and JoJo of Jodeci made this plate of soul food extra sweet, like yams with extra syrup.

Mekhi Phifer and Big Mama get down

Belly- 1998

Hype Williams' debut feature film had all the grandeur of his notoriously famous music videos. Casting Nas, DMX, Method Man, T-Boz and Taral Hicks actually made this movie feel like a feature-length New York-set music video at times. If anything, this film resurrected the Soul 2 Soul classic "Back to Life" for a younger generation.

Back to life, back to reality


 Love & Basketball (2000)

Love & Basketball is the other reason why writer/director Gina Prince-Bythewood is a cultural treasure. Bringing together Sanaa Lathan and Omar Epps in this romantic comedy made nearly everyone want to fall hard in #BlackLove like Quincy and Monica at some point growing up.

A little Zapp and Roger never hurt nobody.

Baby Boy (2001)

Taraji P. Henson owned her role as Yvette the girlfriend of Tyrese Gibson's character Jodi. Snoop Dogg had a sizeable role in this movie that also starred Ving Rhames and Omar Gooding as Sweetpea in this John Singleton production which he also wrote and produced.

You know what your problem is baby boy?

Hotel Rwanda (2004)

Don Cheadle's breakout performance in Hotel Rwanda gave audiences a grisly look inside 1994's Rwandan genocide. The film, which costarred Sophie Okonedo, wasbased on actual events and got nominated for three Oscars. It was filmed on location in Kigali and Jo-berg. 

Rize (2005)

The dance style known as Krumping had a major influence on urban dance in the second half of the 2000s. Rize documented the LA-born artform, its roots in clowning and the final showdown between Clowns and Krumpers is one epic dance battle.

Precious (2009)

Lee Daniel's Precious was adapted from the novel Push by Sapphire and is responsible for jumpstarting Gabourey Sidibe's career. Tyler Perry and Oprah both produced and the film also starred Paula Patton as the film's most redeeming character, Mariah Carey, Lenny Kravitz and Monique in her Oscar-winning role that got her Best Supporting Actress. The film also won awards at Sundance, TIF, SAG and the Golden Globes.

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