recognized black film artists | Culture & Leisure
There has been a lack of diversity in American film and television since the industries were established. Due to the popularity of hip-hop in the 1990s, there was a black renaissance that opened the doors to more opportunities for black productions today. This month, I would like to highlight the contributions of black artists in the film and television space.
“Do What It Takes” (1989)
Directed by Spike Lee
According to IMDb, “On the hottest day of the year on a street in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, everyone’s hatred and bigotry simmers and grows until it explodes into violence.” (IMDb)
“I Love Jones” (1997)
Directed by Theodore Witcher
Film critic Roger Ebert said, “‘Love Jones’ is a love story set in the world of middle-class black artists and professionals in Chicago – that is, it shows a world less familiar to moviegoers than the other side of the moon. It’s also downright romantic and erotic and smart. It’s the first movie in a long time where the guy quotes Mozart, and the girl tells him he thinks really to Shaw.
“Insecure” (2016) HBO
Created and produced by Issa Rae.
“Insecure” follows a group of women as they awkwardly navigate their personal and professional lives in California.
“Self Made” (2020) Netflix
Based on the novel “On Her Own Ground” by A’Lelia Bundles.
“Self Made” is a limited series on the life of Madame CJ Walker, who was the first African-American millionaire.
“The Underground Railroad” (2021) Amazon
Directed by Barry Jenkins
According to IMDb, “A young woman named Cora makes a startling discovery while trying to free herself from slavery in the Deep South.” (IMDb)
“The Harder They Fall” (2021) Netflix
Directed by Jeymes Samuel
This western is a twisted plot of revenge that features the names of real black cowboys and cowgirls.