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1. Bamboozled (2000)

R | 135 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

6.5
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50 Metascore

A frustrated African-American TV writer proposes a blackface minstrel show in protest, but to his chagrin it becomes a hit.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Damon Wayans, Savion Glover, Jada Pinkett Smith, Michael Rapaport

Votes: 9,722 | Gross: $2.19M

2. I Am Not Your Negro (2016)

PG-13 | 93 min | Documentary

7.8
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95 Metascore

Writer James Baldwin tells the story of race in modern America with his unfinished novel, Remember This House.

Director: Raoul Peck | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, James Baldwin, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X

Votes: 14,825 | Gross: $7.12M

3. The Green Book: Guide to Freedom (2019 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary, History

8.3
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A deeper look into the real story of Victor H. Green's "The Negro Motorist Green Book" during the Jim Crow era and beyond.

Director: Yoruba Richen | Stars: Yoruba Richen, Marquette Folley, Karen Allen Baxter, Jennifer Ivey

Votes: 453

4. Fly

Action, Drama, Romance | Announced

Inspired by the real life situation of the first all African-American females to crew a commercial flight, FLY chronicles the lives of 4 young black women in 2009 living in Atlanta as they ... See full summary »

Stars: Tatyana Ali, Bruce Boxleitner, Cristián de la Fuente, Gary LeRoi Gray

5. The Tulsa Lynching of 1921: A Hidden Story (2000 TV Movie)

80 min | Documentary

8.0
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This is a Documentary of the infamous Tulsa Massacre of 1921, locally called "The Tulsa Race Riot." Most of the Black section of town was burned and many Black citizens were murdered by ... See full synopsis »

Director: Michael Wilkerson | Stars: Roscoe Lee Browne, Nell Carter, Bill Cosby, Rocky Frisco

Votes: 16

6. Lawman (2017)

Not Rated | 13 min | Short, Western

7.5
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Based on True Events. 1875, Indian Territory. Bass Reeves, the first African-American deputy arrests an outlaw and brings him toward encampment. A battle of wills arises between them as the outlaw tries to escape.

Director: Matthew Gentile | Stars: Tory Kittles, Lance Reddick, Erica Tazel

Votes: 13

7. A Huey P. Newton Story (2001 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 86 min | Documentary, Biography

7.1
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The story of how the radical Huey P. Newton developed the Black Panther Party based on his 10-point program for social reform.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Roger Guenveur Smith, Rahum Brown, Georgina Ransley, Marlon Brando

Votes: 660

8. Sammy-Gate

Biography | Post-production

A dark political satire about how Sammy Davis, Jr. caused Watergate.

Director: Noel Lawrence | Stars: Richard Beatty, Phil Proctor, Peter Henry Schroeder, Durga McBroom

9. Black Wall Street (I)

Biography, Drama | Announced

As the nation is ignited in extreme racism, Negros from across the country seek prosperity in the Promised Land, Tulsa, Oklahoma,

Director: Dennis Delemar | Star: Yasmine Mejia

10. Resurrecting Black Wall Street (2015)

Documentary

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The Greenwood neighborhood of Tulsa, Oklahoma, became one of the wealthiest African American communities in the United States in the early 20th century, driven by the oil boom. It came to ... See full summary »

Director: Dorian Chandler

11. The Legend: The Bessie Coleman Story (2018)

90 min | Documentary

8.2
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Feature documentary about the life and career of Bessie Coleman.

Director: Gardner Doolittle | Star: Aneva Walker

Votes: 5

12. Ships of Slaves: The Middle Passage (1997 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 45 min | Documentary

5.7
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A documentary narrated by Debbie Allen that chronicles the the plight of African-Americans during the Middle Passages and the Atlantic Slave Trade.

Director: Chris Harty | Stars: Debbie Allen, Jon Erik, Steven Spielberg

Votes: 15

13. Black History: Lost, Stolen or Strayed (1968 TV Movie)

51 min | Documentary

7.4
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Reviews the numerous contributions of African-Americans to the development of the United States. From the perspective of the turbulent late 1960s, the fact that their positive roles had not... See full summary »

Stars: Bill Cosby, Lionel Barrymore, Stepin Fetchit, Roy Glenn

Votes: 64

14. Before They Die! (2008)

92 min | Documentary, Crime, History

7.3
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This is the story of the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921, the worst case of domestic terrorism in American history. It is about the few remaining survivors and their fight for justice and ... See full summary »

Directors: Reginald Turner, St. Clair Bourne, Michael Hausfeld, John Rogers, J. Denise Clement | Stars: Franklyn Ajaye, Otis Clark, Olivia Hooker, Charles Ogletree

Votes: 10

15. Hate Crimes in the Heartland (2015)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary, Crime, History

6.8
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"Hate Crimes in the Heartland," a feature documentary explores the 250,000 hate crimes committed in America each year through the powerful stories of two crimes committed in Tulsa, Oklahoma... See full summary »

Director: Rachel Lyon | Stars: Dewey Bartlett, Warren G. Blakney Sr., Clark Brewster, David Hall

Votes: 56

16. Mo' Funny: Black Comedy in America (1993 TV Special)

TV-14 | 90 min | Documentary

4.8
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"Mo' Funny: Black Comedy in America" is a 1993 documentary that traces the cultural humor of African-Americans dating back to the minstrel shows in the early 1900s to the golden age of ... See full summary »

Director: Yvonne Smith | Stars: Steve Allen, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson, Pearl Bailey, Louise Beavers

Votes: 58

17. Inside Buffalo (2010)

59 min | Documentary, Biography, History

6.4
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The historic account of the 92nd Infantry Division, the African American segregated combat unit who fought in World War Two.

Directors: Fred Kudjo Kuwornu, Patrick Jeffrey | Stars: Howard Fletcher, Joe Hairston, James McBride, Joe Stephenson

Votes: 8

18. Anatomy of a Queen (2019 TV Short)

TV-14 | 30 min | Short, Biography, Music

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A candid celebration of women of color breaking down walls and making history featuring Angela Rye, Erica Ash, Neelam, Chloe Arnold, Ashley Everett, and more.

Director: Jennia Fredrique | Stars: Chloe Arnold, Erica Ash, Laurence Basse, Monique Coleman

19. Henry Louis Gates Jr.: Uncovering America (2019 TV Movie)

54 min | Documentary, Biography, History

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Actor Courtney B. Vance hosts this special celebrating Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.'s work with focus on his five quintessential documentary series about American, African and African American history for PBS.

Director: Bob Marty | Stars: Courtney B. Vance, Kwame Anthony Appiah, Ken Burns, Deepak Chopra

20. Through the Flak: War Stories of the Tuskegee Airmen (2019)

51 min | Documentary

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Lt. Col. Alexander Jefferson, 96, and Lt. Col. Harry T. Stewart, 93, two of the last living Tuskegee Airmen, recount their pulse-pounding and often heartbreaking experiences as the first ... See full summary »

Director: Jesse Nesser | Stars: Alexander Jefferson, Harry T. Stewart

21. America's Untold Journey (2016 TV Movie)

48 min | Documentary

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The 500 years of African American History in the Americas involves much more than a history of chattel slavery.

Director: J. Michael Carr | Stars: Jason Alan Carvell, Krystal Arguello, Joe Boles, Mandrin Borrero

22. Faithfully Divided (2009)

68 min | Documentary

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In searching for her family legacy, Paula, a middle-aged woman southerner, learns about a graveyard promise made to a white church by her ancestors at the end of slavery in exchange for ... See full summary »

Stars: Cecil Alexander, Keith Battle, Byron Broussard, Edwin Cliburn

23. N'kisi Concorde (2014)

68 min | Documentary, Biography

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N'kisi Concorde, a documentary feature, investigates the lives and work of two Detroit-area outsider artists and visual storytellers, Olayami Dabls and Dmytro Szylak, whose extraordinary ... See full summary »

Director: Nikki Sass | Stars: Olayami Dabls, Dmytro Szylak

24. From Betty to Barack (2009)

27 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: Vasco Dones

25. Claim the Sky (2020)

Documentary | Post-production

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Director: Isaias Gamboa | Stars: Pat Boone, Pete Seeger, Otis Williams, Kelly Crabb

26. The Last to Know (2017)

Short, History

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Documentary on the journey of 90 year old Opal Lee's walk to DC from Texas in pursuit of preserving the history of Juneteenth. It travels through the history of Juneteenth and the challenges that followed after slaves became free.

Star: Opal Lee

27. Columbus Neighborhoods: King-Lincoln (2011 TV Movie)

57 min | Documentary

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A history and profile of the King-Lincoln neighborhood of Columbus, Ohio, situated around Mount Vernon Avenue and Long Street on the east side of town.

Star: Angela Pace

28. Africobra: Art for the People (2011 TV Movie)

23 min | Documentary

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Director: Juan Delcan | Stars: Jeff Donaldson, Jae Jarrell, Wadsworth Jarrell, Napoleon Jones-Henderson

29. Black Confederates (2002)

75 min | Documentary

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One of the unspoken aspects of the American Civil War is the story of the African-Americans who fought for the Confederacy during those four years that tore the country apart. In their grey... See full synopsis »

Director: Stan Armstrong | Stars: Harold Ford, Steve McIntyre, Authur Webb

30. 60 Years of the Same: Sisters Unsilenced (2007)

11 min | Documentary, Short

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Examines the legacy of racism in Higher Education through the stories of early black educators and the voices of current students who drive home the lesson that resilience is a key strategy for resistance.

Director: Jolie D. Harris | Stars: Jolie D. Harris, Lauren Brown, Paige Gardner

31. Where We Danced: The Story of American Social Dance (2012)

56 min | Documentary

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"Where We Danced" is the first in a three-part series that chronicles the evolution of American social dance. It tells the story of America's dance through the lives of the dancers who shaped the art form as well as the places they danced.

Director: Brian Lucky Skillen | Stars: Sonny Allen, Lowell Deo, Heidi Fite, Dawn Hampton

32. Calamity: People and Traditions (1998 Video Game)

E | Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi

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In part 2 of "Calamity" educational FMV game trilogy, Mona and Moki are still stuck in Calamity Jane's barn. Continue fixing Jules Verne's time machine by solving language puzzles based on articles about American explorers and artists.

Directors: Al Lowenheim, Gary Bulkin | Stars: Jeana LaVardera, Agatha Drake, Ross Thierry, Mark Ewert

33. Herbie Hancock Presents Living Jazz (1996 Video Game)

Adventure, Music

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Herbie Hancock's interactive tour that follows the evolution of jazz sound from its origins in the red-light district of Storyville, New Orleans in the 1920s to the sound it might have in the future. Hancock performs the music.

Stars: John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Billie Holiday

34. Inside TV Land (2000– )
Episode: Inside TV Land: African Americans in Television - Variety (2002)

TV-PG | 144 min

5.6
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A three-part documentary that covers the trials and tribulations of African Americans in the history of television.

Stars: Debbie Allen, Maya Angelou, Neema Barnette, Fred Berry

Votes: 58



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