Let’s get into this #BlackMovieMagic! There are so many classic black films that we could probably recite word for word, but what about those movies that didn’t get the shine it deserved? Here’s a quick list of films that you should add to your movie night list!
Just Another Girl on the I.R.T. (1993)
This movie only had a budget of $100,000 and was shot in 17 days, so this is undoubtedly black movie magic! The independently shot film followed a naïve and hardheaded teenage girl from Brooklyn that swore she had her life already figured out. Eventually, she becomes pregnant in high school and decides to hide her entire pregnancy and continue to get her education as normal as she could.
Fresh should have won countless awards because it is phenomenal. A brilliant, drug dealing 12 year old boy living in the New York City projects during its infamous crack epidemic works to get him and his older sister out of the hood and outsmarts his street bosses along the way.
The Man in 3B (2015)
Major plot twist alert! A charming new resident moves into a tightknit apartment complex where everyone’s business is up for discussion on the stoop. The complex is shaken up when someone gets murdered, but there are multiple suspects.
Jumping the Broom (2011)
Two polar opposite families must come together during a wedding, but getting along for these two mothers isn’t so easy. Drama and a major family secret comes to light right before the big day!
Deliver Us From Eva (2003)
The ageless Gabrielle Union never disappoints us, but this movie deserves just a little more credit even though it has such a star-studded cast. Eva (Gabrielle Union), an uptight and controlling health inspector, spends most of her time imposing on her sisters’ marriages until the man of her dreams is strategically placed in her life.
Imperial Dreams (2014)
This Netflix original film is a guaranteed tearjerker. Bambi (John Boyega), a single father, was recently released from prison and wants to make a positive change in his family’s life, but is constantly being tested by his old environment.
Beyond the Lights (2014)
An underrated love story that was directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, director of the classic, Love & Basketball. In Beyond the Light, a singer on her rise to fame finds the limelight unbearable and contemplates suicide, but a new found love with a police officer helps her love herself and take control of her life.
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