When John Singleton wrote and directed this coming of age tale about a fatherless Black man growing up in the hood, his intention deserved an applause. The outcome, however was a more melodramatic moment than I’m sure he intended. Though the acting was a bit too much, this was a feel-good movie that has become a classic in a lot of our homes. Starring Tyrese and Ving Rhames to name a few–not only does Baby Boy have some famous scenes (Ving in the kitchen cooking eggs naked anyone?) but the soundtrack produced songs that filled the airwaves on every major Hip-Hop station. (130 min., R)
In 2002, one of the biggest cliques in Hip-Hop decided to make a movie. Beanie Sigel, Jay Z, Dame Dash and Memphis Bleek created a hood classic when they released “State Property.” As far as rappers acting goes, they weren’t half bad either! The film follows a young Beans as he attempts to work his way up from being broke to the head of an empire and the toll it takes on his family, friends and ultimately, his life. (88 min., R)
How could you not love a movie that takes place at an HBCU and showcases bad ass marching bands and dancers?! Starring Nick Cannon (fresh off his Nickelodeon fame) and Zoe Saldana, Drumline proves that halftime…is game time. (118 min., PG-13)
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