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Re: Onnidan's Black Movie Hall of Fame
« Reply #15 on: April 03, 2021, 09:38:49 PM »
I'm going to follow on Strike's question asking about these movies listed as "Black" movies

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

Imitation of Life - never saw the movie but reading the synopsis, I think the actor playing black isn't even black.  :shrug:

Fair points. I wanted to list 10 movies. I included Imitation of Life because as a child, it was the one movie, every Black person watched when it was aired. I felt I had to include at least one Sidney Portier film. So, I listed Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. On second thought, maybe I should have listed Uptown Saturday Night.
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Re: Onnidan's Black Movie Hall of Fame
« Reply #16 on: April 03, 2021, 09:54:32 PM »
The Mack
Coming to America
Boomerang
Waiting To Exhale
Boyz-n-da-Hood
Juice
What's Love Got To Do With It?
Hoop Dreams
Jungle Fever
Menace to Society

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Re: Onnidan's Black Movie Hall of Fame
« Reply #17 on: April 03, 2021, 09:57:13 PM »
Dead Presidents

My favorite out of that entire movie was Cutty.





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Re: Onnidan's Black Movie Hall of Fame
« Reply #18 on: April 03, 2021, 10:26:48 PM »
SCHOOL DAZE
^^^^^^^^^  YES!!
This movie captured my college experience in the AUC so well that every time I watch it, I cry at the end credits.  The soundtrack is a wonderful blend of artistry...big band sound, church, ja-- and exquisite female lead vocals. But the story was really a re-enactment of my time at Morehouse.  Spike hit this one out of the park!
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Re: Onnidan's Black Movie Hall of Fame
« Reply #19 on: April 03, 2021, 10:33:30 PM »
Cotton Comes to Harlem


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Re: Onnidan's Black Movie Hall of Fame
« Reply #20 on: April 04, 2021, 10:30:12 AM »
I had to look Brian's Song up on Youtube. I remember seeing that when I was little.

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Re: Onnidan's Black Movie Hall of Fame
« Reply #21 on: April 04, 2021, 10:32:31 AM »
Y and os3//5's all time favorite:  Gone with the Wind.

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Re: Onnidan's Black Movie Hall of Fame
« Reply #22 on: April 04, 2021, 10:52:14 AM »
I'm going to follow on Strike's question asking about these movies listed as "Black" movies

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

Imitation of Life - never saw the movie but reading the synopsis, I think the actor playing black isn't even black.  :shrug:
M&G......always enjoy reading and responding to your posts because they are usually thought-provoking. I understand the point you are making about Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. Not exactly a black movie per se, but premised on a VERY racial theme of inter-racial dating, especially in the 60’s. Sidney Poitier was BEYOND brilliant in his portrayal of the negro suitor.

As a couple of peeps have already mentioned^^^, there are actually two versions of Imitation of Life, the first one produced in the 30’s (?) and the second produced in the late 50’s/60’s (?). I have seen both, but the latter, more recent version is absolutely gut-wrenching. Again, not particularly a black movie, but premised on TOXIC racial prejudice.

Btw, thought of another black movie that no one has mentioned, and that is “Glory”. The story about the all-black regiment in the Civil War, and for which Denzel Washington won best supporting actor award.

That very last scene when those boys are marching along the South Carolina beach to take the confederate fort, KNOWING that they are sitting ducks and will sustain heavy casualties is beyond gut-wrenching. And the soundtrack of the Boys Choir of Harlem chanting on the background music makes this final scene almost too unbearable to watch.

I am damn near getting a lump in my throat right now thinking about that scene.  :'(

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Re: Onnidan's Black Movie Hall of Fame
« Reply #23 on: April 04, 2021, 11:31:35 AM »
Glory
A Soldier Story
Cotton comes to Harlem
Do the Right Thing

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Re: Onnidan's Black Movie Hall of Fame
« Reply #24 on: April 04, 2021, 12:07:43 PM »
Some of my significant movies:

A Soldiers Story - Howard Rollins stellar performance as an officer attorney. Most of all the evil educated negro vs the unsuspecting uneducated negro.

Shaft

Glory

Jungle Fever - Helped reset comfort levels around black men and white women sexual relationships. Also created Urban slang of "Jungle Fever" to identify this type of interracial lust.

How Stella Got Her Groove Back - midlife crisis movie for Black women.

Remember The Titans - True story of NCCU alum Herman Boone 

The Princess and The Frog - First African American Disney Princess. Fondly remember my wife taking my daughter to see this movie.

Black Panther - First Black super hero movie to hit the big screen.

Hidden Figures - One of my all time favorites because it is based on a true story of NASA contributions by black women. 

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Re: Onnidan's Black Movie Hall of Fame
« Reply #25 on: April 04, 2021, 12:12:57 PM »
Glory
A Soldier Story
Cotton comes to Harlem
Do the Right Thing
Rag Time

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Re: Onnidan's Black Movie Hall of Fame
« Reply #26 on: April 04, 2021, 06:42:51 PM »
My interest in Imitation to Life has be piqued

TCM has it airing on 4/11. I'll put a reminder on my phone.
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Re: Onnidan's Black Movie Hall of Fame
« Reply #27 on: April 05, 2021, 12:27:36 PM »
Malcolm X
Color Purple
Shaft (Richard Roundtree)
New Jack City
Boyz in Da Hood
Do the Right Thing
Best Man
Love and basketball
Car Wash
Ray
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Re: Onnidan's Black Movie Hall of Fame
« Reply #28 on: April 05, 2021, 03:18:15 PM »
The Learning Tree

Leadbelly

Let's Do It Again

Buck and the Preacher

American Gangster

Edge of the City

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Re: Onnidan's Black Movie Hall of Fame
« Reply #29 on: April 05, 2021, 04:47:32 PM »
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I discovered this gem on TCM one night when zero was on TV.  Saw Sidney Poitier name and set my timer to remind me to watch.  I wasn’t disappointed.

soflo, by chance did you see Odds Against Tomorrow with Harry Belafonte from 1959?  Happened upon it the same way.
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