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1. Boyz n the Hood (1991)

R | 112 min | Crime, Drama

7.7
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76 Metascore

Follows the lives of three young males living in the Crenshaw ghetto of Los Angeles, dissecting questions of race, relationships, violence and future prospects.

Director: John Singleton | Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr., Laurence Fishburne, Hudhail Al-Amir, Lloyd Avery II

Votes: 115,649 | Gross: $57.50M

2. The Bodyguard (1992)

R | 129 min | Drama, Music, Romance

6.3
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39 Metascore

A former Secret Service agent takes on the job of bodyguard to an R&B singer, whose lifestyle is most unlike a President's.

Director: Mick Jackson | Stars: Kevin Costner, Whitney Houston, Gary Kemp, Bill Cobbs

Votes: 111,139 | Gross: $121.95M

3. Ray (I) (2004)

PG-13 | 152 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.7
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73 Metascore

The story of the life and career of the legendary rhythm and blues musician Ray Charles, from his humble beginnings in the South, where he went blind at age seven, to his meteoric rise to stardom during the 1950s and 1960s.

Director: Taylor Hackford | Stars: Jamie Foxx, Regina King, Kerry Washington, Clifton Powell

Votes: 130,187 | Gross: $75.33M

4. New Jack City (1991)

R | 97 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.7
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61 Metascore

A crime lord ascends to power and becomes megalomaniacal while a maverick police detective vows to stop him.

Director: Mario Van Peebles | Stars: Wesley Snipes, Ice-T, Allen Payne, Chris Rock

Votes: 29,460 | Gross: $47.62M

5. Cadillac Records (2008)

R | 109 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.0
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65 Metascore

Chronicles the rise of Chess Records and its recording artists.

Director: Darnell Martin | Stars: Adrien Brody, Jeffrey Wright, Beyoncé, Columbus Short

Votes: 18,762 | Gross: $8.20M

6. American Soul (2019– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.0
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The story of entrepreneur Don Cornelius, who developed the Soul Train show, which rose to prominence in the 1970s.

Stars: Sinqua Walls, Jelani Winston, Katlyn Nichol, Christopher Jefferson

Votes: 272

7. Paris Blues (1961)

Approved | 98 min | Drama, Music, Romance

6.7
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61 Metascore

During the 1960s, two American expatriate jazz musicians living in Paris meet and fall in love with two American tourist girls.

Director: Martin Ritt | Stars: Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Sidney Poitier, Louis Armstrong

Votes: 2,384

8. The Wash (2001)

R | 93 min | Comedy

4.8
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18 Metascore

Life at the car wash is a place where anything can and does happen to two friends (Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg) trying to earn money to pay their rent.

Director: DJ Pooh | Stars: Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Anthony Albano, Tic

Votes: 6,390 | Gross: $10.10M

9. 4th Annual Black Music Honors (2019 TV Special)

TV-G | 120 min | Music

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The 4th Annual Black Music Honors is a ceremony that was hosted by Rickey Smiley and LeToya Luckett-Walker that honors legendary artists who have made significant contributions to ... See full summary »

Director: Michael A. Johnson | Stars: Rickey Smiley, LeToya Luckett-Walker, Yolanda Adams, Arrested Development

10. 27th Annual Trumpet Awards (2019 TV Special)

TV-G | 120 min | Music

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The 27th ANNUAL TRUMPET AWARDS is a music awards ceremony hosted by Wendy Raquel Robinson and Tank that celebrates African American leaders who have achieved greatness while inspiring others.

Director: Michael A. Johnson | Stars: Wendy Raquel Robinson, Durrell 'Tank' Babbs, India Arie, Ashanti

11. Sample This (2012)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, Music

6.4
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64 Metascore

A documentary that reveals how a forgotten record by the Incredible Bongo Band helped cement the foundation of hip hop when DJ Herc extended its percussion by playing them back to back, creating an anthem on the streets of the Bronx.

Director: Dan Forrer | Stars: Gene Simmons, Ahmir-Khalib Thompson, Roosevelt Grier, Grandmaster Caz

Votes: 346

12. BET Hip-Hop Awards (2019 TV Special)

TV-14 | 150 min | Music

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The 2019 BET Hip-Hop Awards is an annual music ceremony that honors achievements in Hip-Hop music.

Director: Iren Sheffield | Stars: Daniel Kaluuya, Teyana Taylor, Chance the Rapper, Lil' Kim

13. 2019 Soul Train Awards (2019 TV Special)

TV-14 | 150 min | Music

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The 2019 SOUL TRAIN AWARDS is an awards ceremony that honors achievements made by musicians of color. The event, co-hosted by Tichina Arnold and Tisha Campbell-Martin, is held on November ... See full summary »

Directors: Sandra Restrepo, Iren Sheffield | Stars: Tisha Campbell-Martin, Tichina Arnold, Luke James, Erykah Badu

14. Kid 'n Play: Gittin' Funky (1988 Video)

Unrated | 5 min | Short, Music

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A music video for the 1988 song "Gittin' Funky" by the American Hip-Hop recording group Kid 'N Play, a single released from their album "2 Hype".

Director: Simeon Soffer | Stars: Kid 'N Play, Christopher Martin, Christopher Reid, D.J. Wiz

15. Crooklyn Dodgers: Crooklyn (1994 Video)

TV-PG | 5 min | Short, Music

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A music video for the 1994 song "Crooklyn" by the American Hip-Hop recording group Crooklyn Dodgers (comprised of Special Ed, Masta Ace and Buckshot), a single released from the soundtrack to Crooklyn (1994).

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Crooklyn Dodgers, Special Ed, Buckshot, Masta Ace

16. The Bros. (2007)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Music

3.3
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Underachieving misfits Pete and Lanny are wannabe "gangsta rappers," who find the constraints of suburbia stifling to their artistic goals. Faced with the obstacle of needing "ten large" to... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Figg | Stars: John Tindall, Joachim Wiese, Joey Fatone, Dennis Scott

Votes: 229

17. Jodeci: Freek'n You (1995 Video)

Unrated | 5 min | Short, Music

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A music video for the 1995 song "Freek'n You" by the American R&B recording group Jodeci from album "The Show, the After Party, the Hotel".

Director: Brett Ratner | Stars: Jodeci, Dalvin DeGrate, DeVante DeGrate, Joel 'JoJo' Hailey

18. Kid 'n Play: Funhouse (1990 Video)

TV-PG | 7 min | Short, Music

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A music video for the 1990 song "Funhouse" by the American Hip-Hop recording artists Kid 'N Play, a single released from the original soundtrack to the film House Party (1990).

Director: Paris Barclay | Stars: Kid 'N Play, Shireen Crutchfield, Tommy Davidson, The Good Girls

19. My Mic Sounds Nice: A Truth About Women and Hip Hop (2010 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 42 min | Documentary

5.6
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A documentary exploring the issues and art of women hip hop artists, from the 1980s through 2010.

Director: Ava DuVernay | Stars: Chuck D, Missy Elliott, Eve, The Lady of Rage

Votes: 31

20. Kid 'n Play: 2 Hype (1988 Video)

Unrated | 5 min | Short, Music

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A music video for the 1988 song "2 Hype" by the American Hip-Hop recording artists Kid 'N Play, a single released from their album of the same name.

Director: Paris Barclay | Stars: Kid 'N Play, Hurby 'Luv Bug' Azor, Christopher Martin, Christopher Reid

21. Now Eat (2000 Video)

Comedy, Horror, Mystery

5.9
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A rapper named Brotha Lynch Hung shots people in a home invasion. So a crazy witch casts a spell on him making him eat whatever he kills.

Director: Kerry Alan Williams | Stars: Brotha Lynch Hung, Art Battle, Loki, Sicx

Votes: 66

22. Kid 'n Play: Ain't Gonna Hurt Nobody (1991 Video)

Unrated | 5 min | Short, Music

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A music video for the 1991 song "Ain't Gonna Hurt Nobody" by the American Hip-Hop recording artists Kid 'N Play, a single released from the album "Face the Nation" and the soundtrack to House Party 2 (1991).

Stars: Kid 'N Play, Christopher Martin, Christopher Reid, D.J. Wiz

23. 19th Super Bowl Gospel Celebration (2018 TV Special)

TV-G | 120 min | Music, Sport

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The 19th SUPER BOWL GOSPEL CELEBRATION is a music concert hosted by Yvonne Orji and John Gray that brings together NFL players and gospel recording artists for a night of uplifting music ... See full summary »

Stars: Yvonne Orji, John Gray, Sheila E., Faith Evans

24. A Tribe Called Quest: Electric Relaxation (1994 Video)

Unrated | 5 min | Short, Music

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A music video for the 1994 song "Electric Relaxation" by the American Hip-Hop recording group A Tribe Called Quest, released from the album "Midnight Marauders".

Director: Josh Taft | Stars: A Tribe Called Quest, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Q-Tip

25. Will Smith: Will 2K (1999 Video)

Unrated | 5 min | Short, Music

5.2
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Director: Robert Caruso | Stars: Tisha Campbell-Martin, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Eve, K-Ci Hailey

Votes: 28

26. Kid 'n Play: Rollin' with Kid 'n Play (1988 Video)

Unrated | 5 min | Short, Music

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A music video for the 1988 song "Rollin' with Kid 'n Play" by the American Hip-Hop recording artists Kid 'N Play, a single released from the album "2 Hype".

Directors: Hurby 'Luv Bug' Azor, Ted Demme | Stars: Kid 'N Play, Hurby 'Luv Bug' Azor, Cheryl 'Salt' James, Christopher Martin

27. Public Enemy: 911 is a Joke (1990 Video)

Unrated | 4 min | Short, Music

7.3
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Public Enemy performs in the music video "911 is a Joke" from the album "Fear of a Black Planet" recorded for Def Jam Records. The music video opens with Flavor Flav awakening in bed. He ... See full summary »

Stars: Public Enemy, Chuck D, Flavor Flav, Samuel L. Jackson

Votes: 6

28. Luther Vandross Feat. Gregory Hines: There's Nothing Better Than Love (1987 Video)

Unrated | 6 min | Short, Music

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A music video for the 1987 song "There's Nothing Better Than Love" by the American R&B recording artist Luther Vandross featuring Gregory Hines, a single released from Vandross' 1986 album "Give Me the Reason".

Stars: Luther Vandross, Gregory Hines

29. Black Men United: U Will Know (1994 Video)

Unrated | 5 min | Short, Music

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A music video for the single "U Will Know" by a group of black male music recording artists collectively known as Black Men United (B.M.U.), from the original soundtrack to Jason's Lyric (1994).

Stars: B.M.U., After 7, Boyz II Men, Tevin Campbell

30. H.E.A.L.: Heal Yourself (1991 Video)

TV-PG | 5 min | Short, Music

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A music video for the 1991 charity song "Heal Yourself" by a group of American Hip-Hop recording artists collectively known as H.E.A.L. (Human Education Against Lies). In the music video, ... See full summary »

Directors: Jonathan Demme, Ted Demme, Fab 5 Freddy, Pamm Jenkins | Stars: Big Daddy Kane, Fab 5 Freddy, Freddie Foxxx, Harmony

31. Q-Tip: Breathe and Stop (2000 Video)

TV-PG | 5 min | Short, Music

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A music video for the 2000 song "Breathe and Stop" by the American Hip-Hop recording artist Q-Tip, a single released from the album "Amplified".

Star: Q-Tip

32. Melba Moore: Lift Every Voice and Sing (1990 Video)

TV-G | 7 min | Short, Music

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A music video for the 1990 song "Lift Every Voice and Sing" by the American R&B recording artist Melba Moore, a single released from her album "Soul Exposed". In the music video, Melba ... See full summary »

Director: Debbie Allen | Stars: Melba Moore, Gerald Albright, Anita Baker, Bobby Brown

33. 19th Annual African Pride Gospel SuperFest (2019 TV Special)

TV-PG | 60 min | Music

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The 19th Annual African Pride Gospel SuperFest is a ceremony hosted by Wendy Raquel Robinson that honors the achievements of music recording artists for their contributions to Gospel music.... See full summary »

Director: Marie NeJame | Stars: Wendy Raquel Robinson, Donnie McClurkin, Rance Allen, Tina Atkins

34. Mint Condition: What Kind of Man Would I Be? (1996 Video)

Unrated | 5 min | Short, Music

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A music video for the 1996 song "What Kind of Man Would I Be" by the American R&B recording group Mint Condition, a single released from the album "Definition of a Band".

Director: Frank Kozik | Stars: Mint Condition, Keri Lewis, Homer O'Dell, Lawrence Waddell

35. The Good Girls: Your Sweetness (1989 Video)

Unrated | 5 min | Short, Music

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A music video for the 1989 single "Your Sweetness" by the R&B recording group The Good Girls, from their album"All For Your Love". In the music video, The Good Girls are high school students performing their hit single at a school dance.

Director: Jerry Brice | Stars: The Good Girls, Shireen Crutchfield, Ronnie DeVoe, DeMonica Santiago

36. Stop the Violence Movement: Self Destruction (1988 Video)

TV-PG | 7 min | Short, Music

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A music video for the 1988 charity song "Self-Destruction" by a collection of Hip-Hop recording artists called Stop the Violence Movement. The music video brings awareness of the elevated ... See full summary »

Directors: Lionel C. Martin, Andre Banks | Stars: KRS-One, Stetsasonic, Kool Moe Dee, D-Nice

37. BeBe & CeCe Winans: Addictive Love (1991 Video)

TV-G | 4 min | Short, Music

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A music video for the 1991 song "Addictive Love" by the American gospel recording artists BeBe Winans and CeCe Winans, from their album "Different Lifestyles".

Director: Peter Nydrle | Stars: BeBe Winans, CeCe Winans

38. Yo-Yo: Stompin to tha 90's (1990 Video)

TV-PG | 4 min | Short, Music

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A music video for the 1990 song "Stompin to tha 90's" by the American Hip-Hop recording artist Yolanda 'Yo-Yo' Whittaker, from the album "Make Way for the Motherlode".

Director: W.O. Garrett | Stars: Yolanda 'Yo-Yo' Whittaker, Ice Cube

39. Positive K: I Got a Man (1993 Video)

TV-PG | 4 min | Short, Music

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Positive K performs in the music video "I Got a Man" from the album "The Skills Dat Pay da Bills" recorded for Island Records. The music video begins with Positive K heading to a backyard ... See full summary »

Director: Hype Williams | Star: Positive K.

40. Mint Condition: Breakin' My Heart (Pretty Brown Eyes) (1991 Video)

Unrated | 5 min | Short, Music

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A music video for the 1991 song "Breakin' My Heart (Pretty Brown Eyes)" by the American R&B recording group Mint Condition, released for their album "Meant to Be Mint". In the music video, ... See full summary »

Stars: Mint Condition, Jeffrey Allen, Lawrence Waddell, Stokley Williams

41. Chuckii Booker: (Don't U Know) I Love U (1989 Video)

Unrated | 4 min | Short, Music

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A music video for the 1989 song "(Don't U Know) I Love You" by the American R&B recording artist Chuckii Booker, from his debut album "Chuckii".

Star: Chuckii Booker

42. Afrika Bambaataa & the Soulsonic Force: Planet Rock (1982 Video)

Unrated | 4 min | Short, Music

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A music video for the 1982 song "Planet Rock" by the American Hip-Hop recording artist Afrika Bambaataa and the Soul Sonic Force.

Stars: Afrika Bambaataa, Soul Sonic Force, Kool DJ Red Alert

43. Melba Moore: Falling (1986 Video)

Unrated | 6 min | Short, Music

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A music video for the 1986 song "Falling" by the American R&B recording artist Melba Moore, a single released from her album "A Lot of Love".

Star: Melba Moore

44. Boogie Down Productions: Jack of Spades (1989 Video)

Unrated | 5 min | Short, Music

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A music video for the 1989 song "Jack of Spades" by the American Hip-Hop recording group Boogie Down Productions from the original soundtrack to the film I'm Gonna Git You Sucka (1988).

Director: Keenen Ivory Wayans | Stars: Boogie Down Productions, Bernie Casey, D-Nice, KRS-One

45. Whodini: Funky Beat (1986 Video)

Unrated | 5 min | Short, Music

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A music video for the 1986 song "Funky Beat" by the American Hip-Hop recording group Whodini from the album "Back in Black".

Stars: Whodini, Ectasy, Grandmaster Dee, Jalil Hutchins

46. Vixen (2018– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

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VIXEN is a three-part documentary that explores an era of video vixens from the rise in the 1990s to the heights and falls in the 2000s, with interviews by the legendary video vixens and ... See full summary »

Stars: Buffie Carruth, Melyssa Ford, LoLa Monroe, Karrine Steffans

47. The Source Hip-Hop Music Awards 2000 (2000 TV Special)

TV-14 | 120 min | Music

6.1
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The Source Hip-Hop Music Awards 2000 is a ceremony co-hosted by Mo'Nique, Busta Rhymes and Da Brat that honors achievements in Hip-Hop music. This year's ceremony was held at the Pasadena ... See full summary »

Director: Lawrence Jordan | Stars: Mo'Nique, Busta Rhymes, Da Brat, Pamela Anderson

Votes: 9

48. Boyz II Men Feat. Brian McKnight: Let It Snow (1993 Video)

Unrated | 4 min | Short, Music

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Director: Lionel C. Martin | Stars: Boyz II Men, Michael McCary, Brian McKnight, Nathan Morris

49. Next: Wifey (2000 Video)

Unrated | 5 min | Short, Music

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A music video for the 2000 song "Wifey" by the American R&B recording group Next from the album "Welcome II Nextasy".

Director: Jeff Richter | Star: Next

50. Anita Baker: No One in the World (1987 Video)

TV-PG | 5 min | Short, Music

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A music video for the 1986 song "No One in the World" by the American R&B recording artist Anita Baker, a single released from the 1986 album "Rapture".

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Anita Baker, Spike Lee



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