3 Pivotal African American Must Watch Movies

In no particular order, the below 3 movies (according to me!) are must see African American movies. Not only are they educational, but they are entertaining.

1. The Color Purple
Based on a novel wrote in 1982, the movie is story line is based around a  14 year old African American girl who is pregnant with her fathers baby. Taking place mostly in Georgia, you take a look into the life of women of color in the southern United States in the 1930s. Although the film is a tad different from the novel in several significant aspects, the movie is still unbelievably important showing the audience about life in the poor South. It also highlighted lesbian relationships at times when doing so was frowned upon.

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2. Lean on Me
Lean on Me is loosely based on the story of Joe Louis Clark, a real life inner city high school principal in Paterson, New Jersey. Clark’s school is at risk of being taken over by the New Jersey state government unless students improve their test scores. The reason this movie is so massive and such great inspiration is due to the fact that it is based on a true story. It proves that many of the predominate stereotypes relating to teenagers of all races in at-risk, low income areas, simply aren’t true or don’t have to be. There are teachers out there that will fight for their schools and most importantly, their students.
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3. The Help
Based off a 2009 novel, the 2011 hit is about African-American maids working in white households in Jackson,Mississippi, during the early 1960s. The story revolves around three different characters, Aibileen Clark, Minny Jackson, and Skeeter Phelan as they live their lives on the different side of the racial barrier. The movie features such stars as Emma Stone,  Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and many more. The film received four Academy Award nominations including Best Picture, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress.

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