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1. Dear White People (2014)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.1
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79 Metascore

The lives of four black students at an Ivy League college.

Director: Justin Simien | Stars: Tyler James Williams, Tessa Thompson, Kyle Gallner, Teyonah Parris

Votes: 23,403 | Gross: $4.40M

2. American Soul (2019– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Biography

6.9
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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: 246

3. A Raisin in the Sun (1961)

Approved | 128 min | Drama

8.1
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A substantial insurance payment could mean either financial salvation or personal ruin for a poor black family.

Director: Daniel Petrie | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Claudia McNeil, Ruby Dee, Diana Sands

Votes: 6,328

4. Hip-Hop Evolution (2016– )

TV-MA | Documentary, Music

8.4
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MC and journalist Shad Kabango meets with Hip-Hop's biggest stars to retrace how Hip-Hop became the world's most popular music, but realizes that Hip-Hop's true legacy is something much more profound.

Stars: Shad, LL Cool J, Alonzo Williams, Melle Mel

Votes: 1,783

5. What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015)

Not Rated | 101 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

7.6
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75 Metascore

A documentary about the life and legend Nina Simone, an American singer, pianist, and civil rights activist labeled the "High Priestess of Soul."

Director: Liz Garbus | Stars: Nina Simone, Lisa Simone Kelly, Roger Nupie, Al Schackman

Votes: 10,310

6. Five on the Black Hand Side (1973)

PG | 96 min | Comedy

6.5
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In contrast to most of the violence-laden "blaxploitation" films of the period, this low-budget effort eschews exploitation for humanity and domestic drama. Leonard Jackson plays a barber ... See full summary »

Director: Oscar Williams | Stars: Godfrey Cambridge, Clarice Taylor, Leonard Jackson, Virginia Capers

Votes: 327

7. VH1 Hip Hop Honors: All Hail the Queens (2016 TV Special)

TV-14 | 120 min | Music

7.1
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A 2016 awards show that celebrated the trailblazing first ladies of hip hop.

Director: Louis J. Horvitz | Stars: Eve, La La Anthony, Ashanti, Fantasia Barrino

Votes: 10

8. Minstrel Man (1977 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama, Music

8.0
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Two black brothers in a traveling minstrel show in the early part of the century have two different goals. One brother is determined to succeed in a field that is dominated by white ... See full summary »

Director: William A. Graham | Stars: Glynn Turman, Ted Ross, Tonea Stewart, Stanley Bennett Clay

Votes: 49

9. 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

10. Black Girls Rock! (2018 TV Special)

TV-PG | 90 min | Music

5.4
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An awards ceremony that is hosted by Queen Latifah, and honors women of color for their achievements in music, entertainment and entrepreneurship, along with live musical performances by prominent R&B and soul recording artists.

Director: Sandra Restrepo | Stars: Queen Latifah, Yolanda Adams, Fantasia Barrino, Mary J. Blige

Votes: 14

11. Heavy D & The Boyz: Nuttin' But Love (1994 Video)

Unrated | 5 min | Short, Music

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Heavy D and The Boyz performs in the music video "Nuttin' But Love" from the album "Nuttin' but Love" recorded for Uptown and MCA Records. Heavy D arrives at a gather where he meets up with... See full summary »

Director: Brett Ratner | Stars: Heavy D & The Boyz, Heavy D, Chris Tucker

12. Verses & Flow (2011– )

Not Rated | 30 min | Music

6.1
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VERSES and FLOW is a televised series which airs on TV One and features live performances by poets, spoken-word and R&B recording artists, along with cultural and social commentary.

Stars: Dyana Williams, Laz Alonso, Jenilee Reyes, Ron G.

Votes: 25

13. 50th NAACP Image Awards (2019 TV Special)

TV-G | 120 min | Family

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The 50th NAACP Image Awards ceremony recognizes outstanding achievements made during 2018 by people of color in music, television and motion pictures. The ceremony is held at the Dolby ... See full summary »

Director: Tony McCuin | Stars: Anthony Anderson, Tai Beauchamp, Kate Beckinsale, Beyoncé

14. LL Cool J: I Need Love (1987 Video)

Unrated | 5 min | Short, Music

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A music video for the single "I Need Love" by Hip-Hop recording artist LL Cool J, from his 1987 album "Bigger and Deffer". In the music video, LL Cool J portrays a megastar rapper with a ... See full summary »

Star: LL Cool J

15. Taking the Stage: African American Music and Stories That Changed America (2017 TV Special)

TV-PG | 120 min | Music

8.0
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Dignitaries, actors, athletes and recording artists come together to celebrate African-American contributions around the world, and to commemorate the opening of Smithsonian's new National ... See full summary »

Director: Louis J. Horvitz | Stars: Christina Aguilera, Angela Bassett, Mary J. Blige, Dave Chappelle

Votes: 5

16. The '90s: We Invented This (2015 TV Special)

TV-14 | 90 min | Music

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An American music special where hosts Ed Lover and Kim Porter analyze Hip-Hop music and culture during the 1990s, and the legacy of the youth generation (Generation X) that invented this "Golden Age of Hip-Hop".

Director: Ed Lover | Stars: Ed Lover, Kim Porter, Too $hort, Biz Markie

17. Love Different (2016)

94 min | Comedy

6.2
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Lindsay Walker, a Caucasian woman who grew up in a small, all Caucasian town, gets a job at an African American consulting firm and finds herself in a complete culture shock. An African ... See full summary »

Director: Anthony Hackett | Stars: Jenn Gotzon Chandler, Anthony Hackett, Thomas Mikal Ford, Kevin Fredericks

Votes: 52

18. BET Hip-Hop Awards (2018 TV Special)

TV-14 | 180 min | Music

3.0
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Directors: Chris Robinson, Iren Sheffield, Jessy Terrero | Stars: DeRay Davis, Cardi B, DJ Khaled, Wale Folarin

Votes: 7

19. 34th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards (2019 TV Special)

TV-G | 120 min | Music

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The 34th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards is a ceremony hosted by Kirk Franklin that honors the achievements of music recording artists and composers for their contributions to Gospel ... See full summary »

Director: Michael A. Johnson | Stars: Kirk Franklin, Yolanda Adams, Jor'dan Armstrong, Regina Belle

20. Q 85: A Musical Celebration For Quincy Jones (2018 TV Special)

90 min | Music

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A birthday celebration for music legend Quincy Jones featuring many musical guests.

Director: Leon Knoles | Stars: Rashida Jones, Danny Glover, Dave Chappelle, LL Cool J

21. Queen Latifah feat. Monie Love: Ladies First (1989 Video)

Unrated | 4 min | Short, Music

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A music video for the single "Ladies First" by Hip-Hop recording artist Queen Latifah featuring Monie Love, from Latifah's 1989 album "All Hail the Queen". In the music video, Queen Latifah... See full summary »

Stars: Queen Latifah, Monie Love

22. 2018 Soul Train Awards (2018 TV Special)

TV-14 | 120 min | Music

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A music awards ceremony hosted by Tichina Arnold and Tisha Campbell-Martin, and honored achievements made during 2017 by musicians of color. The event was held on November 25, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Director: Sandra Restrepo | Stars: Tisha Campbell-Martin, Tichina Arnold, Jon B., Erykah Badu

23. LL Cool J: I'm Bad (1987 Video)

Unrated | 5 min | Short, Music

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A music video for the single "I'm Bad" by Hip-Hop recording artist LL Cool J, from his 1987 album "Bigger and Deffer". In the music video, LL Cool J's girlfriend is kidnapped by mobsters ... See full summary »

Star: LL Cool J

24. Various Artists: Freedom (1995 Video)

Unrated | 5 min | Short, Music

5.8
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FREEDOM is a 1995 single from the soundtrack to Panther (1995), recorded by an all-star group of female recording artists.

Director: Antoine Fuqua | Stars: Aaliyah, BlackGirl, Mary J. Blige, Tanya Blount

Votes: 5

25. LL Cool J feat. Amerie: Paradise (2002 Video)

Unrated | 5 min | Short, Music

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A music video for the single "Paradise" by Hip-Hop recording artist LL Cool J, and features R&B artist Amerie. In the music video, LL Cool J, Gabrielle Union, and Amerie enjoy a perfect day on a Hawaiian island in paradise.

Stars: LL Cool J, Gabrielle Union, Amerie

26. 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

27. Erykah Badu: Otherside of the Game (1997 Video)

Unrated | 7 min | Short, Music

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A music video for the single "Otherside of the Game" by R&B recording artist Erykah Badu from her 1997 album "Baduizm". In the music video, Badu stays dedicated and supportive to her mate (... See full summary »

Director: Erykah Badu | Stars: Erykah Badu, André Benjamin

28. 14th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards (1999 TV Special)

TV-G | 120 min | Music

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The 14th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards is a ceremony hosted by CeCe Winans that honors the achievements of music recording artists and composers for their contributions to Gospel music.

Director: Chuck Vinson | Stars: Yolanda Adams, Boyz II Men, Shirley Caesar, Lamar Campbell

29. Tony Brown's Journal (1978– )

TV-G | 30 min | Talk-Show

6.0
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A talk-show hosted by American journalist and businessman Tony Brown which airs on PBS.

Stars: Tony Brown, J. Fred MacDonald, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee

Votes: 17

30. 1993 Essence Awards (1993 TV Special)

TV-G | 120 min | Family

7.8
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A presentation of the Essence Awards, saluting outstanding African-American women. Ann Margaret was a presenter in this years show. The Essence Awards are the largest event celebrating ... See full summary »

Director: Bruce Gowers | Stars: Danny Glover, Ann-Margret, Anita Baker, Kathleen Battle

Votes: 5

31. Black Girls Rock! 2011 (2011 TV Special)

TV-PG | 90 min | Music

3.9
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An awards ceremony that honored women of color for their achievements in music, entertainment, and entrepreneurship, along with musical performances by female R&B and soul recording artists.

Stars: Anita Baker, Melanie Fiona, Erykah Badu, Elle Varner

Votes: 21

32. The Party Machine with Nia Peeples (1991– )

TV-PG | 30 min | Music

4.8
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A half-hour music and variety show hosted by Nia Peeples and featured live performances, interviews and music videos from top urban music recording artists. The series was created in 1991 ... See full summary »

Stars: Janeen Damian, Jellybean Benítez, Patrick David, En Vogue

Votes: 23

33. BET Hip Hop Awards (2017 TV Special)

TV-14 | 120 min | Music

2.8
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Stars: DJ Khaled, Cardi B, Trick Daddy, DJ Drama

Votes: 5

34. The 11th Annual Soul Train Music Awards (1997 TV Special)

TV-G | 120 min | Music

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A music awards ceremony hosted by Gladys Knight, LL Cool J and Brandy Norwood that honored achievements made during 1996 by musicians of color. The event was held on March 7, 1997 at the ... See full summary »

Director: Sandra Fullerton | Stars: Gladys Knight, Brandy Norwood, LL Cool J, 702

35. Aaron Hall: I Miss You (1994 Video)

Unrated | 5 min | Short, Music

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Aaron Hall performs in the music video "I Miss You" from the album "The Truth" recorded for MCA Records. The music video begins with shots of Aaron Hall wearing sunglasses and sitting next ... See full summary »

Director: W.O. Garrett | Star: Aaron Hall

36. LL Cool J: Around the Way Girl (1990 Video)

Unrated | 5 min | Short, Music

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A music video for the single "Around the Way Girl" by Hip-Hop recording artist LL Cool J, from his 1990 album "Mama Said Knock You Out". In the music video, LL Cool J holds a casting call ... See full summary »

Star: LL Cool J

37. Various Artists: Freedom - Rap Version (1995 Video)

Unrated | 5 min | Short, Music

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FREEDOM (Hip-Hop version) is a 1995 single from the soundtrack to Panther (1995), recorded by an all-star group of female recording artists.

Director: Antoine Fuqua | Stars: Da 5 Footaz, Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes, MC Lyte, Meshell Ndegeocello

38. Black Girls Rock! (2016 TV Special)

TV-PG | 105 min | Music

3.9
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An awards ceremony that honored women of color for their achievements in music, entertainment, and entrepreneurship, along with musical performances by female R&B and soul recording artists.

Director: Joe DeMaio | Stars: Tatyana Ali, Marsha Ambrosius, Erykah Badu, Beverly Bond

Votes: 20

39. Black Girls Rock! 2013 (2013 TV Special)

TV-PG | 90 min | Music

4.1
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An awards ceremony that honored women of color for their achievements in music, entertainment, and entrepreneurship, along with musical performances by female R&B and soul recording artists.

Director: Joe DeMaio | Stars: Regina King, Tracee Ellis Ross, Uzo Aduba, Tatyana Ali

Votes: 8

40. 2nd Annual BET Awards (2002 TV Special)

TV-G | 180 min | Documentary, Family, Music

4.0
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The 2nd BET Awards was hosted by Steve Harvey and Cedric the Entertainer, and celebrated the achievements of African-Americans in television, films, music and sports. The event was held on ... See full summary »

Stars: Steve Harvey, Cedric the Entertainer, 3 Little Women, A.J.

Votes: 24

41. Kool Moe Dee: Wild Wild West (1988 Video)

TV-PG | 5 min | Short, Music

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A music video for the single "Wild Wild West" by Hip-Hop recording artist Kool Moe Dee, from his 1987 album "How Ya Like Me Now". In the music video, Kool Moe Dee and his posse portray ... See full summary »

Director: Scott Kalvert | Star: Kool Moe Dee

42. The 10th Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards (2005 TV Special)

TV-G | 90 min | Music

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An awards ceremony that honored black females for their achievements and contributions to Rhythm and Blues, Jazz, Hip-Hop and Gospel music. This year's ceremony was held at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, California.

Director: Morris Abraham | Stars: Razaaq Adoti, Amerie, Tina Atkins, Shoshana Bean

43. De La Soul feat. Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Queen Latifah, Monie Love & Jungle Brothers: Buddy: Remix (1989 Video)

TV-PG | 5 min | Short, Music

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A music video for the single "Buddy (Remix)" by the Hip-Hop recording group De La Soul featuring Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Queen Latifah , Monie Love and Jungle Brothers, from De La Soul's 1989 ... See full summary »

Stars: De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, Phife Dawg, Jungle Brothers

44. VH1 Hip Hop Honors: The 90's Game Changers (2017 TV Special)

TV-14 | 120 min | Music

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VH1's ninth Hip-Hop Honors ceremony was hosted by Regina King and honored legendary Hip-Hop artists, musicians and cultural trendsetters from the "Old-School" and "Golden Age" eras of ... See full summary »

Director: Joe DeMaio | Stars: Regina Hall, Regina King, Ty Dolla $ign, Tichina Arnold

45. Black Girls Rock! (2015 TV Special)

TV-PG | 90 min | Music

4.0
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An awards ceremony that honored women of color for their achievements in music, entertainment, and entrepreneurship, along with musical performances by female R&B and soul recording artists.

Stars: Tatyana Ali, Erykah Badu, Fantasia Barrino, Tai Beauchamp

Votes: 9

46. Soul Train's 25th Anniversary (1995 TV Special)

TV-PG | 120 min | Music

7.0
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A music awards ceremony hosted by Arsenio Hall that honored Soul Train's 25th Anniversary with a Hall of Fame tribute. The event was held on November 22, 1995 at the Shrine Auditorium in ... See full summary »

Director: Walter C. Miller | Stars: Arsenio Hall, Debbie Allen, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Bill Clinton

Votes: 24

47. Black Girls Rock! 2017 (2017 TV Special)

TV-PG | 90 min | Music

3.3
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An awards ceremony that honored women of color for their achievements in music, entertainment, and entrepreneurship, along with musical performances by female R&B and soul recording artists.

Director: Sandy Considine | Stars: Taraji P. Henson, Laz Alonso, Anthony Anderson, India Arie

Votes: 15

48. De La Soul: Me Myself and I (1989 Video)

TV-PG | 4 min | Short, Music

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A music video for the single "Me Myself and I" by Hip-Hop recording group De La Soul, from their 1989 album "3 Feet High and Rising". In the music video, the group attends grade school ... See full summary »

Star: De La Soul

49. Force MDs: Tender Love (1985 Video)

Unrated | 4 min | Short, Music

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A music video for the single "Tender Love" by the R&B recording artist Force MDs, from the group's 1985 album Chillin'. In the music video, the group gathers on the front steps of an apartment and serenades a female sitting at the window.

Star: Force M.D.'s

50. 3rd Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards (1997 TV Special)

TV-G | 90 min | Music

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An awards ceremony that honored black females for their achievements and contributions to Rhythm and Blues, Jazz, Hip-Hop and Gospel music. This year's ceremony was hosted by Erykah Badu, ... See full summary »

Director: Ron de Moraes | Stars: Erykah Badu, Chaka Khan, Bill Bellamy, Yolanda Adams



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