to be Black in America

Just some shows and movies that speak to MY experience ...
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1.
Atlanta (2016 TV Series)
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Follows two cousins with different views on art versus commerce on their way up through the Atlanta rap scene. Earnest "Earn" Marks is an ambitious college drop-out who suddenly becomes a star. (30 mins.)
 
2.
Top Five (2014)
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A comedian tries to make it as a serious actor when his reality-TV star fiance talks him into broadcasting their wedding on her TV show. (102 mins.)
Director: Chris Rock
 
3.
Good Hair (2009 Documentary)
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Chris Rock explores the wonders of African-American hairstyles. (96 mins.)
Director: Jeff Stilson
 
4.
Fear of a Black Hat (1993)
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A mockumentary chronicling the rise and fall of NWH, a not particularly talented--or particularly bright but always controversial--hip-hop group. (88 mins.)
Director: Rusty Cundieff
 
5.
O.J.: Made in America (2016 Documentary)
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A chronicle of the rise and fall of O.J. Simpson, whose high-profile murder trial exposed the extent of American racial tensions, revealing a fractured and divided nation. (467 mins.)
Director: Ezra Edelman
 
6.
Roc (1991 TV Series)
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Roc Emerson, a city garbage collector, balances the pressures of work with the everyday crises of family... (30 mins.)
 
7.
Chappelle's Show (2003 TV Series)
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Comedian Dave Chappelle hosts this sketch-comedy show that parodies many of the nuances of race and culture. (22 mins.)
Director: Todd Broder
 
8.
The Bernie Mac Show (2001 TV Series)
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A stand up comedian suddenly becomes a father when he takes custody of his sister's three children. (30 mins.)
 
9.
Amen (1986 TV Series)
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Deacon Frye, head of the First Community Church of Philadelphia, is trying to keep everything in his church firmly under control... (30 mins.)
 
10.
A Different World (1987 TV Series)
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A group of students at a historically Black university struggle to make it through college. (60 mins.)
 
11.
227 (1985 TV Series)
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This series took place in an apartment building, numbered 227. The cast would frequently be found sitting outside on a large set of stone stairs, in some discussion that would unfold into the weekly plot line. (30 mins.)
 
12.
Girlfriends (2000 TV Series)
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A look at the lives, loves, and losses of four different women, Toni, Maya, Lynn, and Joan. (30 mins.)
 
13.
Living Single (1993 TV Series)
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Follows the lives of several single male and female roommates and friends in 1990s Brooklyn, New York. (30 mins.)
 
14.
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990 TV Series)
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A streetwise, poor young man from Philadelphia is sent by his mother to live with his aunt, uncle and cousins in their Bel-Air mansion. (22 mins.)
 
15.
Friday (1995)
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Two homies, Smokey and Craig, smoke a dope dealer's weed and try to figure a way to get the $200 they owe to the dealer by 10 p.m. that same night. (91 mins.)
Director: F. Gary Gray
 
16.
Coming to America (1988)
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An extremely pampered African Prince travels to Queens, New York, and goes undercover to find a wife whom he can respect for her intelligence and will. (116 mins.)
Director: John Landis
 
17.
The Cosby Show (1984 TV Series)
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The goings-on in the life of a successful African American family. (30 mins.)
 
18.
Everybody Hates Chris (2005 TV Series)
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A young African American teen attempts to survive with his dysfunctional family and his all white school in the 1980s. (22 mins.)
 
19.
I Think I Love My Wife (2007)
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A married man who daydreams about being with other women finds his will and morals tested after he's visited by the ex-mistress of his old friend. (94 mins.)
Director: Chris Rock
 
20.
Chris Rock: Bring the Pain (1996 Documentary)
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The second HBO stand-up special by Chris Rock. (58 mins.)
Director: Keith Truesdell
 
21.
The Boondocks (2005 TV Series)
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Based on the comic strip, Huey and Riley move away from the city and out to the suburbs with their irascible grandfather. Biting socio-political commentary ensues. (22 mins.)
 
22.
Hav Plenty (1997)
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Lee Plenty is an almost broke would-be novelist and Havilland Savage is rich and very beautiful woman and his friend... (92 mins.)
 
23.
Love Jones (1997)
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Darius Lovehall is a young black poet in Chicago who starts dating Nina Moseley, a beautiful and talented photographer... (104 mins.)
 
24.
He Got Game (1998)
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A basketball player's father must try to convince him to go to a college so he can get a shorter sentence. (136 mins.)
Director: Spike Lee
 
25.
Mo' Better Blues (1990)
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Jazz trumpeter Bleek Gilliam makes questionable decisions in his professional and romantic lives. (129 mins.)
Director: Spike Lee
 
26.
Do the Right Thing (1989)
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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. (120 mins.)
Director: Spike Lee
 
27.
CB4 (1993)
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A "rapumentary", covering the rise to fame of MC Gusto, Stab Master Arson, and Dead Mike: members of the rap group "CB4"... (89 mins.)
Director: Tamra Davis
 
28.
The Central Park Five (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary that examines the 1989 case of five black and Latino teenagers who were convicted of raping a white woman in Central Park. After having spent between 6 and 13 years each in prison, a serial rapist confessed to the crime. (119 mins.)
 
29.
Medicine for Melancholy (2008)
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Twenty-four hours in the tentative relationship of two young San Franciscans also dealing with the conundrum of being a minority in a rapidly gentrifying city. (88 mins.)
Director: Barry Jenkins
 
30.
Phunny Business: A Black Comedy (2011 Documentary)
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For a decade, Chicago's ALL JOKES ASIDE was one of the preeminent comedy clubs in the country and gave... (81 mins.)
Director: John Davies
 
31.
Little White Lie (2014 Documentary)
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A film about denial, race, family secrets and a search for identity. (65 mins.)