The past decade has been a notable one for #BlackMovieMagic. If these films are any indication of what is to come, the future of Black cinema is all that and a Black Panther suit.
This Tyler Perry production (he also directed) gave us a beautiful film rendition of the poem For Colored Girls Who Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf by Ntozake Shange. Stand out performances from Janet Jackson, Kimberly Elise, Loretta Devine, Kerry Washington, Thandie Newton, Anika Noni Rose and Tessa Thompson had #BlackGirlMagic beaming from screens before it was even a hashtag.
This Philly set drama directed by Tanya Hamilton starred Anthony Mackie opposite Kerry Washington in an intense story of love and revolution. Add a Roots soundtrack of strictly Wu-Tang songs and it looks like we have a slept-on classic on our hands. Bonus points for the Black Thought cameo as a character named Bostic!
David Oyelowo's performance as MLK Jr. was powerful in Ava DuVernay's epic Civil Rights drama. The recreation of crossing the Edmund Pettis Bridge in Selma, Alabama brought the harrowing experience to life for generations that were not alive when the event occurred.
This quirky drama with comedic undertones told the story of two inner-city youth trying to survive without parental supervision in the sweltering New York summer. Jennifer Hudson, Anthony Mackie, and Jordin Sparks appeared as supporting characters in this story and ultimately the best thing to happen to Mister & Pete was their inevitable demise.
The biopic detailing the rise and fall of NWA was both a critical and box office success. Having Dr. Dre and Ice Cube as producers added some major star power to an already popular subject.
Jordan Peele's masterpiece flipped the horror genre on its head. Oscar nominations for Best Picture and Best Actor for Daniel Kaluuya's character prove that this was more than just another scary movie plus it introduced everyone to the #SunkenPlace, with which most black folks are all too familiar.
Welcome to the sunken place.
This film has set records, met expectations and united millions of black people across the diaspora. Ryan Coogler's first tentpole franchise film has already made history and proven that #BlackExcellence will sellout theaters. #WakandaForever