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Black Panther
Black Panther's mettle as king gets tested when an
old enemy draws him into a conflict that puts his
nation and the world at risk.  The king must soon
rally his allies and release his full power to defeat
his foes and secure the safety of his people.

T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman), after the death of his
father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the
isolated, technologically advanced African nation to
succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as

Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Director: Ryan Coogler
Writers: Ryan Coogler, Joe Robert Cole
Cast: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita
Nyong'o, Danai Gurira,
Length: 2 hr 14 min
Rating: PG-13
Release Date: 16 February 2018 (USA)
Roman J. Israel, Esq.
Roman J. Israel, Esq. is a 2017 American legal drama film written and directed by Dan Gilroy. The film
stars Denzel Washington, Colin Farrell, and Carmen Ejogo. The plot centers around the life of an
idealistic defense lawyer (Washington) who finds himself in a tumultuous series of events that lead to
a personal crisis and the necessity for extreme action.

Genre(s): Drama
Director: Dan Gilroy
Cast: Denzel Washington, Colin Farrell, Carmen Ejogo
Length: 122 min
Rating: PG
Hidden Figures
NASA mathematicians Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and
Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae) cross gender and race lines to help launch astronaut John Glenn (Glen
Powell) into outer space.

Genre(s): Drama
Cast: Taraji Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kevin Costner, Mahershala Ali, Kirsten Dunston,
Length: 2 hr 15 min
Rating: PG
Now working as a garbage collector in 1950s Pittsburgh, a former baseball star (Denzel Washington)
creates tension in his family when he squashes his son's (Jovan Adepo) chance to meet a college
football recruiter.  Fences is directed by Denzel Washington from a screenplay by August Wilson,
adapted from Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play.

Genre(s): Drama
Director: Denzel Washington
Cast: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Jovan Adepo, Russel Hornsby,
Mykelti Williamson, Saniyya Sidney, Christopher Mele, Leslie Boone, Jason Silvis
Length: 138 min
Rating: PG-13
The Birth of a
This powerful drama chronicles the story of slave and preacher Nat Turner, who led a slave rebellion
in 1831 Virginia.

On Aug. 21, 1831, Baptist preacher Nat Turner (Nate Parker) leads a violent and historic rebellion to
free himself and other slaves in Southampton County, Va.

Genre(s):  Drama
Director: Nate Parker
Cast: Nate Parker, Coleman Domingo, Dwight Henry, Esther Scott, Gabrielle Union, Aunjanue Ellis, Aja
Naomi King, Roger Guenveur Smith, Penelope Ann Miller, Tony Espinosa, Mark Boone Junior, Armie
Hammer, Jackie Earle Haley, Jayson Warner Smith, Jason Stuart
Length: 125 min
Rating: R (Must See)
3 1/2 Minutes, Ten
An argument with a white man outside of a convenience store results in the death of a black teen,
Jordan Davis.  This film examines the 2012 murder in Florida of an unarmed African American teen,
Jordan Davis, and the trial of his white shooter who received a conviction of murder in the 1st degree
and a sentence of life in prison without the possibility for parole.

Genre(s):  Real Life
Length: 1hr 38min
Rating: (Must See)
Life of a King
Life of a King is a true story of one man's inspiring mission to give inner-city youth in Washington,
D.C. something he never had - a future.

Genre(s):  Drama
Director:  Jake Goldberger
Cast:  Cuba Gooding, Jr., Malcolm Mays, Richard T. Jo
Length:  101 min
Rating: (Must See)
12 Years a Slave
From acclaimed director Steve McQueen comes this moving film based on true story.  In 1841,
Solomon Northup, a free citizen, is kidnapped & sold as a slave to a ruthless plantation owner.

Genre(s): Drama
Cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong'o
Director:  Steve McQueen II
Rating: PG-13 (Must See)
Fruitvale Station
This Sundance award-winner follows the true events of a 22-year-old loving father and beloved son
on his last day before being fatally shot by police on New Year's Day 2009

Genre(s): Real Life
Cast: Michael B. Jordan, Octavia Spencer
Rating: (Must See)
The Best Man
Nearly 15 years after they were last together as a group, college friends Lance (Morris Chestnut),
Harper (Taye Diggs), Candace (Regina Hall), Quentin (Terrence Howard), Robyn (Sanaa Lathan),
Jordan (Nia Long), Murch (Harold Perrineau), and Mia (Monica Calhoun) finally reunite over the
Christmas holidays.  though much has changed in their lives, the friends discover just how easy it is
for long-forgotten rivalries and passionate romances to be reignited.  

Long-forgotten rivalries and romances reignite when college friends (Morris Chestnut, Taye Diggs,
Regina Hall) have a Christmas reunion nearly 15 years after the last time they saw one another.

Genre(s):  Shows;
Cast:  Morris Chestnut, Taye Diggs, Regina Hall, Terrance Howard, Sanaa Lathan, Nia Long, Harold
Perrineau, Monica Calhoun
Rating:  R
A Dark Truth
A corporate whistle-blower (Dborah Kara Unger) hires a former CIA agent (Andy Garcia) -- now a
talk-show host -- to expose her company's cover-up of a massacre in a South American village.

Genre(s):  Mystery & Suspense
Cast:  Andy Garcia, Kim Coates, Deborah Unger, Eva Logoria, Forest Whitaker
Rating:  R
Django Unchained
Winner of 2 Academy Awards including Best Original Screenplay.  With the help of his mentor, a
slave-turned-bounty hunter sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal plantation owner.   A former
slave (Jamie Foxx) joins forces with the German bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz) who freed him and
helps hunt down the South's most-wanted criminals, all in the hope of finding his long-lost wife
(Kerry Washington).

Two years before the Civil War, Django (Jamie Foxx), a slave, finds himself accompanying an
unorthodox German bounty hunter named Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) on a mission to capture
the vicious Brittle brothers.  Their mission successful, Schultz frees Django, and together they hunt
the South's most-wanted criminals.  Their travels take them to the infamous plantation of shady
Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio) where Django's long-lost wife (Kerry Washington) is still a slave.

Genre(s):  Action & Adventure, Drama
Director:  Quentin Tarantino
Cast:  Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson, Kerry Washington
Good Deeds
For all his life, wealthy businessman Wesley Deeds (Tyler Perry) has done what's expected of him and
has settled into a predictable routine.  His life begins to change, however, when he meets Lindsey
Wakefield (Thandie Newton), a struggling single mother who has just been evicted.  Wesley offers to
help Lindsey get back on her feet and though he's already engaged, romatic sparks begin to fliy.  
Suddenly, Wesley find himself torn between what is expected of him and what he really wants.

Genre(s): Drama; Romance (TV-14)
Cast: Tyler Perry, Thandie Newton, Gabrielle Union, Phylicia Rashad
120 min.
A father desperately searches for his daughter in the chaotic Middle East.

Genre(s): Mystery & Suspense
Cast: Alexander Siddig, Joshua Jackson, Marisa Tomei
Keep a Child Alive
with Alicia Keys
Keep a Chile Alive-funded locations, where volunteers supply food, medical attention and shelter to
orphans affected by AIDS.

Genre(s): Interests; Shows (TV-MA)
Cast: Alicia Keys
Jumping the Broom
A collision of worlds when two African-American families from divergent socioeconomic backgrounds
get together one weekend in Martha's Vineyard for a wedding.

Genre(s): Drama, Comedy
Rating: PG-13
Director:  Salim Akil
Cast: Julie Bowen, Paula Patton, Loretta Devine, Laz Alonso, Angela Bassett, Mike Epps
The Inheritance
Five cousins attend a family reunion to secure their share of the family fortune and learn the truth
about their family's blood ancestry.

Genre(s):  Mystery & Suspense (TV-MA)
Cast: Keith David, Rochelle Aytes, Darrin Dewitt Henson
Not Easily Broken
Dave Johnson (Morris Chestnut) and his wife, Clarice (Taraji P. Henson), appear to have it all, but she
has ignored his needs while she pursues a real-estate career.  The couple's already weakened
marriage faces the ultimate test after Clarice is involved in a car accident, leaving her with a terrible
leg injury.  Dave finds a sympathetic ear -- and possible more -- with the physical therapist (Maeve
Quinlan) who comes to treat her.

Genre(s):  Drama (TV-14)
Cast: Morris Chestnut, Taraji Henson, Maeve Quinlan, Kevin Hart,...
Tapestries of Hope
African Betty Makoni founds the Girl Child Network in Zimbabwe to help and protect girls who have
been raped and sexually abused.

Genre(s): Interests (TV-MA)
Seven Pounds
A strange IRS agent  uses his database to locate a series of needy people and goes to elaborate lengths
to improve their lives.  During the process, he falls in love with a woman in need of a new heart.  It's
only after he's killed himself and everyone's benefited from his generosity that we learn who he really
was and why he did what he did.  A man (Will Smith) with a fateful secret sets out to redeem himself
by changing the lives of seven strangers, including a woman (Roasario Dawson) with whom he falls in

Genre(s):  Drama
Director:  Gabriele Muccino
Cast:  Will Smith, Rosario Dawson, Michael Ealy
The Great Debaters
The Great Debaters is inspired by the remarkable story of Wiley College's winning debate team of the
early 1930's.  Set against the backdrop of the Jim Crow South, The Great Debaters chronicles the
journey of the Wiley College debate team, coached by the brilliant and passionate professor Melvin B.
Tolson.  It was Tolson's inspiration that brought these students from underdogs to victors in a time
when more than the odds were against them.

In 1930s Texas, Melvin Tolson (Denzel Washington) inspires students at a predominately black
college to form a debate team and strive for the national championship.

Inspired by a true story, Washington shines as a brilliant but politically radical debate team coach
who uses the power of words to transform a group of underdog African American college students
into an historical powerhouse that took on the Harvard elite.

Genre(s): Drama
Rating: PG-13
Director:  Denzel Washington
Cast: Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker, Nate Parker, Jurnee Smollett, John Heard, Kimberly Elise
In 1970's Philadelphia, Jim Ellis (Terrence Howard), who is driven by a love of competitive swimming,
fixes up an abandoned pool building with the help of a janitor named Elston (Bernie Mac).  But when
city officials mark the place for demolition, he fights back by founding an all-black swim team.  Facing
racism, violence and hostile city official, Jim struggles to prepare his novice swimmers for the state

Genre(s):  Drama;
Cast: Terrence Howard, Bernie Mac, Kevin Phillips, Evan Ross,
Rating: TV-14
Blood Diamond
As civil war rages through 1990 Sierra Leone, two men, a white South African mercenary (Leonardo
DiCaprio) and a black Mende Fisherman (Djimon Hounsou), become joined in a common quest to
recover a rare gem that has the power to transform their lives.  With the help of an American
journalist (Jennifer Connelly), the men embark on a hazardous trek through rebel territory to achieve
their goal.

Genre(s):  Action & Adventure; Drama (TV-MA)
Cast:  Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Connelly, Djimon Hounsou
Glory Road
Coach Don Haskins (Josh Lucas) leads the first all-black basketball team to NCAA victory during the
1966 season.

Genre(s):  Drama;
Rating:  PG
Cast: Josh Lucas, Derek Luke, Austin Nichols, Jon Voight, Evan Jones, Schin Kerr, Alphonso...
Time: 2hr
Beyond the Gates
In 1994 Rwanda, simmering tensions between the Hutus and Tutsis boil over into full-scale genocide.  
Two men, a priest named Father Christopher (John Hurt) and British schoolteacher Joe Connor (Hugh
Dancy), get caught up in the conflict and stay behind to help those who seek shelter at the Ecole
Technique Officielle.

Cast: John Hurt, Hugh Dancy, Dominique Horwitz
Diary of a Mad
Black Woman
After 18 years of marriage to lawyer Charles (Steve Harris), Helen (Kimberly Elise) is shocked when
he announces he's ending their marriage and shacking up with Brenda (Lisa Marcos).  Helen retreats
to the house of her grandmother Madea (Tyler Perry), who helps her destroy much Charles' property,
earning her house arrest.  While Charles prepares for the trial of a corrupt client, Helen is courted by
Orlando (Shemar Moore), an affectionate moving man with strong Christian values.

Genre(s): Family
Cast: Kimberly Elise, Steve Harris, Shemar Moore, Tamara Taylor
Hotel Rwanda
Paul Rusesabagina (Don Cheadle), a Hutu, manages the Hotel des Mille Collines and lives a happy life
with his Tutsi wife (Sophie Okonedo) and their three children,  But when Hutu military forces initiate
a campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Tutsi minority, Paul is compelled to allow refugees to take
shelter in his hotel.  As the U.N. pulls out, Paul must struggle alone to protect the Tutsi refugees in the
face of the escalating violence later known as the Rwanda genocide.

Genre(s):  Drama;
Rating:  TV14
Cast: Don Cheadle, Sophie Okonedo, Joaquin Phoenix, Nick Nolte, ...
Brown Sugar
Sidney (Sanaa Lathan) and Dre (Taye Diggs) can attribute their friendship and the launch of their
careers to one single childhood instant...  witnessing the birth of hip-hop on a New York street corner.  
Now some 15 years later, she is a revered music critic and he is a successful, though unfulfilled, music
executive.  Both come to realize that their true life passions will only be fulfilled by remembering
what they learned that day on the corner.

Genre(s): Comedy; Drama;
Rating: PG-13
Cast: Taye Diggs, Sanaa Lathan, Mos Def, Nicole Parker, Boris Ko
Set against the high-energy, high-stakes world of show-style marching bands, "Drumline" is a
fish-out-of-water comedy about a talented street drummer from Harlem who enrolls in a Southern
university, expecting to lead its marching band's drumline to victory.  He initially flounders in his new
world before realizing that it takes a more than talent to reach the top.

Genre(s): Shows:
Rating: PG-13
Cast: Nick Cannon, Zoe Saldana, Orlando Jones, Leanord Roberts
Finding Forrester
A unique relationship develops between an eccentric, reclusive novelist and a young, amazingly gifted
scholar-athlete.  After the novelist discovers that the young athlete is also an excellent writer and
secretly takes him on as his protege', they develop and unlikely friendship.  As they learn more about
each other, they learn more about themselves, and ultimately, with the help of his new mentor, the
basketball star must choose the right path.

Genre(s): Drama
Rating: PG-13
Cast: Sean Connery, Rob Brown, F. Murray Abraham, Ana Paquin, Matt Damon
Men of Honor
The U.S. Navy's first black diver (Cuba Gooding Jr.) battles a salty chief (Robert De Niro), racial
prejudice and a crippling setback.

Carl Brashear (Cuba Gooding Jr.) is an ambitious sharecropper who joins the U.S. Navy to become the
world's first black master diver.  Bust as he works through diving training, the bitter and racist Master
Chief Billy Sunday (Robert De Niro) sets out to make Carl's journey as difficult as possible.  Despite
the entire Navy doubting his potential and sabotaging his training, the determined Carl proves that he
can overcome the discrimination around him.

Genre(s):  Drama
Cast:  Robert De Niro, Cuba Gooding Jr., Charlize Theron, Aunjanu
Rating:  R
Spurred by a white woman's lie, vigilantes destroy a black Florida town and slay inhabitants in 1923.  
Rosewood, Florida, is a small, peaceful town with an almost entirely African-American population of
middle-class homeowners, until New Year's Day 1923, when a lynch mob from a neighboring white
community storms the town.  Among the carnage, music teacher Sylvester (Don Cheadle) and
mysterious stranger Mann (Ving Rhames) stand tall against the invaders, while white grocer John (jon
Voight) attempts to save the town's women and children.  The film is based on a true story.

Genre(s): Drama;
Rating: R
Cast:  Ving Rhames, Don Cheadle, Jon Voight, Bruce McGill, Loren Dean, Ester Rolle, Elise Neal,
Catherine Kellner,
Length:  2hr 25min
A South African colonel (Nigel Hawthorne) answers for his brutal treatment of a political prsioner
(Eric Stoltz) 10 years earlier.

Genre(s):  Drama
Cast:  Eric Stoltz, Nigel Hawthorne, Louis Gossett Jr. Ian Roberts,
The Journey of
August King
A widowed farmer (Jason Patric) on his way home helps a rich man's (Larry Drake) runaway slave girl
(Thandie Newton) escape from the South.

Genre(s):  Drama
Cast:  Jason Patric, Thandie Newton, Larry Drake, Sam Waterston
Rating:  PG13
Rueben Tate (Louis Gossett Jr.) is devastated when his 9-year-old daughter is killed by a stray bullet
during a gangland shootout.  He is equally disturbed to learn that in the wake of the heinous crime no
one is willing to testify against the shooter, a petty thug known as Zooman (Khalil Kain), despite there
being several witnesses.  Frustrated by the apathy that surrounds him in his neighborhood, Reuben
resolves to take matters into his own hands.

Genre(s): Drama;
Cast: Louis Gossett Jr., Charles Dutton, CCH Pounder, Cynthia Martells, Alyssa Ashley Nichols, Hill
Harper, Khalil Kain
Rating: R
Time: 100 min.
In 1898 Cuba, five Buffalo Soldiers find a gold cache, desert and return to America where they help
defend a black town from the KKK, all the while trying to avoid capture by lawmen and military
authorities alike.

A black soldier evades the trap his white commander set for him and leads his comrades back to the
American West to confront the sheriff who killed his father.

Genre: Drama
Directed by Mario Van Peebles
Cast:  Mario Van Peebles (Jesse Lee), Stephen Baldwin (Jimmy J. 'Little J' Teeters), Charles Lane
(Weezie), Tommy 'Tiny' Lister (Obobo (as Tiny Lister)), Big Daddy Kane (Father Time), Billy Zane        
(Colonel Graham), Blair Underwood (Carver), Melvin Van Peebles (Papa Joe), Salli
Richardson-Whitfield (Lana (as Salli Richardson)), Tone Loc (Angel), Pam Grier (Phoebe), Vesta
Williams (Vera (as Vesta)), Isaac Hayes (Cable), Richard Jordan (Sheriff Bates), Paul Bartel (Mayor
Rating: R
Time: 114min
Sarafina (Leleti Khumalo) is a young black South African struggling for freedom during the apartheid.  
While she has remained relatively silent in her opposition of the racist government in her country, the
movement to make the language of Afrikaans the official language in her school leads her to protest in
the streets with her fellow students.  Her anti-government views become even more intense when her
favorite teacher (Whoopi Goldberg) is arrested for protesting.

Genre(s):  Drama; Music;
Cast:  Leleti Khumalo, Whoopi Goldberg, Miriam Makeba, John
Rating:  PG13
Lean on Me
In this fact-based film, a New Jersey superintendent, Dr. Frank Napier (Robert Guillaume), watches
helplessly as East Side High becomes the lowest-ranked school in the state.  With nowhere else to
turn, Dr. Napier enlists maverick ex-teacher Joe Clark (Morgan Freeman) to take over as principal of
the declining school.  Unfortunately for Clark, before he can focus on improving the student body's
state exam scores, he has to somehow rid the school of its gang and narcotics problems.

Genre(s):  Drama; Interests;
Cast:  Morgan Freeman, Robert Guillaume, Beverly Todd,
Rating:  V-14
The Wiz
When Harlem schoolteacher Dorothy (Diana Ross) tries to save her dog a from a storm, she's
miraculously whisked away to an urban fantasy land called Oz.  After accidentally killing the Wicked
Witch of the East upon her arrival, Dorothy is told about the Wiz (Richard Pryor), a wizard who can
help her get back to Manhattan.  As Dorothy goes in search of the Wiz, she's joined by the Scarecrow
(Michael Jackson), the Tin Man (Nipsey Russell) and the Cowardly Lion (Ted Ross).

Genre(s):  Music;
Cast:  Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Richard Pryor, Nipsey Russell, Ted Ross...
Rating:  G
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