Yesha Callahan

Open Thread: What’s Your Favorite Black Movie?

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Rick Famuyiwa, the writer and director of The Wood and Brown Sugar, is back with what’s sure to look like a hit among Black audiences. Both of Famuyiwa’s previous movies are two of my all time favorites, so I’m definitely looking forward to Dope.

Dope is a coming-of-age comedy that tells the story of Malcolm (Shameik Moore), a teenager who is clearly obsessed with everything about the ’90s, but lives in present day Inglewood. Some how Malcolm he gets caught up in a drug dealer’s ring and the story unravels from there. Dope also stars Kimberly Elise, Zoë Kravitz, Chanel Iman, Keith Stanfield, Blake Anderson and A$AP Rocky.

It’s definitely been a while since there has been a coming of age move for a young Black audience. There’s been several Black relationship movies like Why Did I Get Married I & II, but never really anything directed towards teens.

The Wood, which I probably watch about 3 times a year, is one of the few movies I can think of off the top of my head that was able to infuse comedy and romance for a younger Black audience.

Clutchettes, what are some of your favorite Black movies?

  1. April 3, 2015 - Reply

    It’s so hard to pick just one. My first thought is “Boyz in the Hood.” I love that movie. My favorite old school movie is “Cooley High.” Sorry, I chose two. 🙂

    • April 3, 2015 - Reply

      @noirluv45

      People die in your faves! Lol.

      • April 3, 2015 - Reply

        @Love.tweet.joi

        LOL! I never thought of that, Love!!!

    • April 4, 2015 - Reply

      @noirluv45

      Loved Cooley High!

  2. April 3, 2015 - Reply

    Love Jones all day. No really, all day.

  3. April 3, 2015 - Reply

    That’s a tough one. I’m going to go with Juice….and Do The Right Thing.

  4. April 3, 2015 - Reply

    1) Love Jones
    2) Love and Basketball
    3) The Wood/Best Man/Soul Food
    4) Stomp the yard
    5) The Brothers

    • April 3, 2015 - Reply

      @Brad

      “4) Stomp the yard”

      THANKS! for the reminder. Came close to not listing this Fave.

  5. April 3, 2015 - Reply

    1-Love and Basketball,
    2-Stomp the Yard,
    3-Brown Sugar,
    4-The Best Man

    • April 3, 2015 - Reply

      @RaiseTheBar

      Interesting that Sanaa Lathan starred in 3 of my 4 favorites.

      • April 3, 2015 - Reply

        @RaiseTheBar

        The woman literally exhaled at the end of Love and Basketball, I think most people fell in love with Monica in that movie.

        Forgot about Brown Sugar, it should it added to my line 3.

        • April 3, 2015 - Reply

          @Brad

          Loved the entire cast — Upwardly mobile middle class individuals that are black. Beautiful coming of age movie.

          • April 3, 2015 - Reply

            @RaiseTheBar

            Mos Def was so funny in that movie. As far as Love and Basketball it is why Gina Prince-Bythewood is one if my favorite directors.

      • April 3, 2015 - Reply

        @RaiseTheBar

        Sanaa Lathan is a very hard working gifted actress.

  6. April 3, 2015 - Reply

    Coming to America

  7. April 3, 2015 - Reply

    Do I have to pick just one?
    -Crooklyn
    -Just Another Girl On the IRT
    -Girlstown
    -Coming to America
    -Boomerang
    -Clockers
    -Friday
    -House Party 1 and 2

  8. April 3, 2015 - Reply

    Like others said Boyz in the hood
    2 can play at that game (Vivica Fox was stunnnningggg in this)
    ATL

    • April 3, 2015 - Reply

      @disqus_6sinns1216

      Yes she was on her A game in that one, that was a cute movie!

  9. April 3, 2015 - Reply

    My favorite black movies would be Malcolm X, Sugar Hill (from 1994), Soul Food, Sarafina, Dead Presidents, Boyz in the Hood, Juice, and Do the Right Thing.

    • April 3, 2015 - Reply

      @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

      Dang how could I forget about Malcolm X and Sugar Hill

      • April 3, 2015 - Reply

        @Brad

        Yes, Sugar Hill is very underrated with jazz music shown throughout the film. Everybody loves and respects Malcolm X.

    • April 3, 2015 - Reply

      @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

      Love Sarafina!!!

      • April 3, 2015 - Reply

        @mds29

        That’s great. I first saw Sarafina during the 1990’s. I love the movie Sarafina. It has Miriam Makeda and the great actress
        Leleti Khumalo. The struggle of liberation inspires us to this very day.

  10. April 3, 2015 - Reply

    Something New! Romacoms for black women are rare.

  11. April 3, 2015 - Reply

    Coming to America, The Color Purple, Purple Rain, Boyz in the Hood, Waiting to Exhale, Boomerang, House Party–the first one, all = Game Changers. Hmmm so many to choose…

  12. April 3, 2015 - Reply

    I can cosign quite a few already mentioned…
    Juice
    Boyz n the hood
    Dead Presidents
    Malcolm X
    SchoolDaze
    Dreamgirls
    The Five Heartbeats
    Cooley High
    Mahogany… and more

    • April 4, 2015 - Reply

      @OSHH

      Dead Presidents (Loved the scene when N’Bushe Wright kissed Larenz Tate after going off on him)

      Dreamgirls (Loved how daughters sat there stunned at the whole experience of that movie)

      The Five Heartbeats (Loved how my wife always cries at the end, Love Robert Townsend’s vintage Tuskegee Institute sweat shirt)

      Mahogany (One name “Diana Ross”, that’s all)

  13. April 3, 2015 - Reply

    Serious: Crooklyn, The Color Purple
    For fun: Coming to America, Vampire in Brooklyn

    • April 5, 2015 - Reply

      @PurpNGold1

      I’ve never seen Vampire in Brooklyn.
      *off to Netflix*

      • April 5, 2015 - Reply

        @Love.tweet.joi

        Vampire in Brookyln is a very witty, funny, and interesting movie.

  14. April 3, 2015 - Reply

    Malcolm X and Color Purple and Friday

  15. April 3, 2015 - Reply

    I forgot What’s Love Got To Do With It and now that Whitney Houston has passed away Waiting To Exhale

    • April 3, 2015 - Reply

      @Mary Burrell

      Those are great choices.

  16. April 3, 2015 - Reply

    Love Eve’s Bayou and Jason’s Lyric. Most of you all mentioned lots of my favorite movies!

    • April 3, 2015 - Reply

      @mds29

      @mds29: Oh my goodness yes loved Eve’s Bayou and Jason’s Lyric and the Inkwell too.

    • April 6, 2015 - Reply

      @mds29

      Eve’s Bayou..yep

  17. April 3, 2015 - Reply

    How about The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete, Lift, and Sugar Hill.

  18. April 3, 2015 - Reply

    I forgot to add Crooklyn and Do The Right Thing

    • April 4, 2015 - Reply

      @Mary Burrell

      Oh yes! Definitely Do The Right Thing!

  19. April 3, 2015 - Reply

    And Five Heartbeats and Roll Bounce and The Jacksons An American Dream i know the dialogue to that one by heart.

    • April 3, 2015 - Reply

      @Mary Burrell

      I feel you Sister. The Temptations is a great movie too.

    • April 5, 2015 - Reply

      @Mary Burrell

      A friend of mine was in The Jacksons movie 🙂 She’s 9 months preggers right now with baby number two 🙂

      • April 5, 2015 - Reply

        @Love.tweet.joi

        @Love.tweet.joi:What part did she play?

        • April 5, 2015 - Reply

          @Mary Burrell

          She played Rebbie as a child. She’s not on the credits tho…I actually had to google her bio to figure that out. Hmmm… I need to watch it again…it’s been years!

  20. April 3, 2015 - Reply

    Off the top my head:

    The Color Purple
    Love Jones
    Eve’s Bayou
    Malcolm X
    Sarafina

    I may come up with more

    • April 4, 2015 - Reply

      @mmmdot

      That’s a great list Sister.

  21. April 3, 2015 - Reply

    a raisin in the sun (1961 version)

    • April 3, 2015 - Reply

      @Rizzo

      forgot claudine

      • April 5, 2015 - Reply

        @Rizzo

        also forgot devil in a blue dress written by walter mosley. loved easy Rawlins played by denzel and the character mouse played by don cheadle.

    • April 4, 2015 - Reply

      @Rizzo

      I forgot about Sounder and Claudine! Loved those two.

  22. April 4, 2015 - Reply

    There’s so many but off the top of my head are:
    Baby Boy
    Cooley High
    Car Wash
    Color Purple
    Mahogany

    • April 5, 2015 - Reply

      @paintgurl40

      The Color Purple!!!

    • April 5, 2015 - Reply

      @paintgurl40

      Shaft is an exciting movie.

      • April 6, 2015 - Reply

        @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

        (Shrugs) I liked his style!

        • April 6, 2015 - Reply

          @paintgurl40

          Richard Roundtree played the role as Shaft greatly.

  23. April 4, 2015 - Reply

    A lot of people mention my favorite ones but I would add:

    What about your friends- cute coming of age movie
    Just Another girl on the I.R.T-an underrated classic
    Buck and Preacher – Western movies aren’t my first go to genre but Ruby Dee, Sidney Poitier, and Harry Belafontaine need I say more.
    New Jack City – no explanation needed…lol

    • April 6, 2015 - Reply

      @binks

      Yep New Jack City fo sho.

    • April 6, 2015 - Reply

      @binks

      Wait who was in What About your friends? I feel like I remember that movie

      • April 6, 2015 - Reply

        @Allie

        It was Keshia Knight Pulliam, Monica McSwain, and Alexis Fields. It was about three girlfriends trying to find their path and transitioning in being an adult and going to college and stuff.

        • April 6, 2015 - Reply

          @binks

          Omg I think I remember that movie it played on upn. It was so good!

  24. April 5, 2015 - Reply

    Boomerang, Mo Betta Blues, and Girl 6.

    I’m sorry in advance…
    Diary of A Mad Black Woman
    “I’m not bitter, I’m mad as Hell!!!”

  25. April 5, 2015 - Reply

    Mo Better Blues, Do the Right Thing, House party, The Temptations, Shaft, Malcolm X, Love Jones, Friday, Cooley High, Beat Street and many more.

  26. April 5, 2015 - Reply

    Boomerang.

  27. April 6, 2015 - Reply

    To me, Do the Right Thing is not a black movie but one of the best movies ever made. So ‘Do the Right Thing” it is. Color Purple (although white director so not sure if it consitutes a ‘black movie’) is a close second. My 3rd favorite movie is probably Goodfellas and ‘A Train Car Named Desire”. #5 is ’12 Years a Slave’. #6 is Mahogany. #7 is probably Malcolm X.

  28. April 6, 2015 - Reply

    Daughters of the Dust
    Dear White People

  29. April 7, 2015 - Reply

    Can’t even watch some of my favs anymore unless I want to cry me a river: Boyz n the Hood, Sarafina, Set if Off, Malcolm X, Glory….

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