By Jesse Childs
#BlackMovieMagic has the power to tell a variety of stories that reflect the diversity of the #BlackExperience. These films rep #BlackCulture in its multiple forms.
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.
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.
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.
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.