Top 10 Films to Celebrate Black History Month

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In 1926 historian Carter G. Wilson began what was known as Negro History Week in an effort to make the African American story more prevalent in our culture's consciousnesses. The week evolved into an entire month-long celebration and promotion of African American history, which we recognize this month. To spread the love, Art Attack has compiled a list of some of the best African American films to help you celebrate Black History Month.


10. Stormy Weather

The lovely Lena Horne belts out the hits in this 1943 musical, which also features the amazing performances of Fats Waller and Cab Calloway.


9. Amistad

Amistad, directed by Steven Spielberg, was released in 1997 and told the true story of a rebellion of captured slaves in the late 1800s. It is a lesser known, but historically significant, story of the plight of African Americans of the time.


8. To Sir With Love

Ahh, how can you not love Sidney Poitier in this classic film about a high school teacher dealing with racial issues in an inner-city school? The movie led the way for all other "teachers can make a difference!" movies going forward.


7. Coming To America

Eddie Murphy playing just about all of these characters.

To date, Coming To America remains one of the funniest movies Eddie Murphy has ever created and made "Sexual Chocolate" a household name.


6. Boyz N the Hood

John Singleton's opus, starring a very young Cuba Gooding Jr., was as heart-wrenching as it was eye-opening when it was released in 1991. It introduced the entire world to the hardships of South Central, LA. Singleton was nominated for Academy Awards in both directing and screenwriting, the youngest ever, at age 24, and the first African American to be given the honor.


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