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15 Movies that address RACE

1) Get On the Bus (1996)- Movie that follows several black men, on their journey to the Million Man March in DC (1995)

2)Spinning into Butter (2008)- A hate crime on the campus of a New England college puts the school’s dean (Parker) in a position where she has to examine her own feelings about race and prejudice, while maintaining her administration’s politically correct policies.

Spinning Into Butter Poster

3) Higher Learning(1995)-

People from all different walks of life, encounter racial tension, rape, responsibility, and the meaning of an education on a university campus.

 4) Do the right thing (1989)- On the hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, everyone’s hate and bigotry smolders and builds until it explodes into violence.
Do the Right Thing Poster
5) Amistad-(1997) About a 1839 mutiny aboard a slave ship that is traveling towards the northeastern coast of America. Much of the story involves a court-room drama about the free man who led the revolt.
6)Crash (2005)-Several stories interweave during two days in Los Angeles involving a collection of inter-related characters, a police detective with a drugged out mother and a thieving younger brother, two car thieves who are constantly theorizing on society and race, the white district attorney and his irritated and pampered wife, a racist white veteran cop (caring for a sick father at home) who disgusts his more idealistic younger partner, a successful Hollywood director and his wife who must deal with the racist cop, a Persian-immigrant father who buys a gun to protect his shop, a Hispanic locksmith and his young daughter who is afraid of bullets, and more.
7) Mississippi Burning (1989)- Two FBI agents with wildly different styles arrive in Mississippi to investigate the disappearance of some civil rights activists.
8)Rosewood (1997)- A dramatization of a 1923 horrific racist lynch mob attack on an African American community. Rosewood Poster
9) School Daze(1988)- A not so popular young man wants to pledge to a popular fraternity at his historically black college

10) Selma, Lord, Selma-In 1965 Alabama, an 11 year old girl (Jurnee Smollett) is touched by a speech by Martin Luther King, Jr. (Clifton Powell) and becomes a devout follower. But her resolution is tested when she joins others in the famed march from Selma to Montgomery

11) The green Mile (1999)- The story about the lives of guards on death row leading up to the execution of black man accused of child murder & rape, who has the power of faith healing.

12) Malcolm X (1992)-The biopic of the controversial and influential Black Nationalist leader.

13) Hairspray (2007)- Pleasantly plump teenager Tracy Turnblad teaches 1962 Baltimore a thing or two about integration after landing a spot on a local TV dance show.

14) Talk to me (2007)- The story of Washington D.C. radio personality Ralph “Petey” Greene, an ex-con who became a popular talk show host and community activist in the 1960s.

15)The Wedding (1998)- In a world where color matters, one woman must choose between love and the race.

Of course there are many more and this list is pretty specific to racism against blacks, I will compose a list later on to diversify.

Peace and Love,

Imani

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2 Responses to “15 Movies that address RACE”

  1. Imani is back and I’m back to leave comments…so, here I go…this post is interesting, I do watch a lot of FREE movies….( I have stopped supporting Hollywood until black movies of good intent start to be made or when spike lee make one! And when white based films start showing africans in america respect as far as image)…. and out of these 15 movies I haven’t saw like 3…so I got to make sure I take a look…I have started not to watch movies but analyze them..because there is always something racist in all movies…if you don’t know enough about racism then you will not see it…anyway All this movies listed where some of my favorite movies to date…if I could add some more that are very important to list dealing/addressing racism it would be the following:

    1.Jungle Fever (1991): Friends and family of a married black architect react in different ways to his affair with an Italian secretary. Dealing with a Italian ” White Women ” dating and having relation with a black man…this is a must see movie if you haven’t seen it!
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0102175/

    2. A Time to Kill ( 1996): A young lawyer defends a black man accused of murdering two men who raped his 10-year-old daughter, sparking a rebirth of the KKK. Man this is another MUST SEE! And the justice system still doesn’t favor the africans in america…it’s a shame! In this movie Samuel Jackson really had to kill this two white men because he knew they would get off…smh, In order to protect your black queen and daughter the black man may have to put his life on the line…Black man vs white supremacy
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0117913/

    3. Losing Isaiah ( 1995): The natural and adoptive mothers of a young boy are involved in a bitter, controversial custody battle. Now this movie is clearly dealing with race…a black woman, do to the abuse of society has been deemed to becoming a drug addict…smh, (the crack wave of the 1980’s do to COINTELPRO…look it up if you don’t know what im talking about for those reading this…) White woman coming to save the baby after mother throws baby away…showing that the black mother is no good and the white woman could do better…black mother tries hard to clean herself up and fight the system…A MUST SEE!
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0113691/

    4. Freedomland (2006): A black police detective must solve a strange case of a kidnapped boy and deal with a big racial protest. This white woman lied and said a black man did it…racial tension is through out this film…
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0349467/

    5. Monster Ball ( 2001): After a family tragedy, a racist prison guard reexamines his attitudes while falling in love with the African American wife of the last prisoner he executed. This was a interesting film…Halle won an Oscar for this film…smh, she played a bad image of a black women…A MUST SEE!
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0285742/

    6. Lakeview Terrace (2008) An LAPD officer will stop at nothing to force out the interracial couple who just moved in next door. LOL I would be mad to if I saw one of the sexiest queens in the world with white man…This movie is interesting because you have a black man that seems to have more authority than the white man
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0947802/

    7.Toe To Toe (2009): A story about two lacrosse teammates from opposite sides of the track. I haven’t seen this one yet but, black girl vs. white girl…
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1209364/

    8. Planet of The Apes ( All of them 1968-2011) Now once again if you don’t know much about racism for those who read this then you might miss it…now black people have been referred to as monkeys,( President Obama and First Lady have been drawn up as monkeys in the past two years to make funny of them by white people!!!!) provided by Charles Darwin himself..lol Evolution of Man from Apes…scientist started to come up with notions that black people have apes features…blah blah blah…right! So when you come out with a movie dealing with Apes taking over the world…during the same time that blacks people all over the world were starting revolutions…think about it for a minute! The apes in ” Conquest of the planet of the Apes ” were servants…and I mainly saw white people that had the servant apes…Then the whole plot of the series of movies is that Man evolved to apes….so we’re right back to Charles Darwin Evolution Theory…” Antiquity of Man ” but in this case it’s vice-versa. I think race which leads to racism is in all the 5 movies…though the movies takes you all over the place as far as, being in the future…it can get a little confusing to follow…
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0063442/

    Like Imani said there are more but this are off the top of my head…

    GAC-Grow and Conquer with knowledge of self


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