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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: 114,255 | 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: 109,985 | 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: 129,103 | 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: 29,128 | 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: 18,602 | Gross: $8.20M

6. American Soul (2019– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Biography

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: 261

7. Paris Blues (1961)

Approved | 98 min | Drama, Music, Romance

6.7
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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: 2,339

8. The Wash (2001)

R | 93 min | Comedy

4.8
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18 Metascore

With the rent due and his car booted, Sean (Dr. Dre) has to come up with some ends...and fast. When his best buddy and roommate Dee Loc (Snoop Dogg), suggests that Sean get a job busting ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 6,348 | Gross: $10.10M

9. Sample This (2012)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, Music

6.5
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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: 340

10. A Tribe Called Quest: Hot Sex (1992 Video)

TV-PG | 3 min | Short, Music

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A Tribe Called Quest performs in the music video "Hot Sex" from the original motion picture soundtrack for the film Boomerang (1992) recorded for LaFace Records. The video opens with A ... See full summary »

Director: David Perez Shadi | Stars: A Tribe Called Quest, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Q-Tip

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

Unrated | 5 min | Short, Music

5.2
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Add a Plot

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

Votes: 26

12. 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

13. Straight Crankin' (2018 Video)

Not Rated | 98 min | Documentary, Music

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STRAIGHT CRANKIN' is a 2018 music documentary that explores the history of Go-Go music (the home-grown music genre of D.C.) with interviews and commentary from legendary Go-Go bands, musicians, rappers and producers.

Director: Eugene Thorpe | Stars: Isaiah Alston, James 'Doc' Avery, Backyard Band, Be'La Dona Band

14. 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

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. 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

17. 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

18. Marley Marl: The Symphony (1989 Video)

TV-PG | 6 min | Short, Music

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A music video for the 1989 single "THE SYMPHONY" by Hip-Hop producer Marley Marl and features members of the legendary Juice Crew (Kool G. Rap, Masta Ace, Craig G and Big Daddy Kane). In ... See full summary »

Director: Lionel C. Martin | Stars: Marley Marl, Masta Ace, Kool G. Rap, Big Daddy Kane

19. Joyce Irby feat. Doug E. Fresh: Mr. DJ (1989 Video)

Unrated | 5 min | Short, Music

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A music video for the 1989 song "Mr. DJ" by the American R&B recording artist Joyce Irby featuring Hip-Hop artist Doug E. Fresh, from the album "Maximum Thrust".

Stars: Joyce Irby, Doug E. Fresh, Rosie Perez

20. Salt-N-Pepa: Let's Talk About Sex (1991 Video)

TV-PG | 5 min | Short, Music

7.1
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Salt-N-Pepa performs in the music video "Let's Talk About Sex" from the album "Blacks' Magic" recorded for Next Plateau Records. The music video opens with a box labeled 'Talk Sex' falling ... See full summary »

Director: Millicent Shelton | Stars: Salt-N-Pepa, Cheryl 'Salt' James, Pepa, Spinderella

Votes: 9

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

Unrated | 4 min | Short, Music

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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

22. The Isley Brothers Feat. R. Kelly & Chanté Moore: Contagious (2001 Video)

TV-PG | 5 min | Short, Music

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A music video for the 2001 song "Contagious" by the American R&B recording group The Isley Brothers featuring R. Kelly and Chanté Moore, a single released from the album "Eternal".

Directors: R. Kelly, Bille Woodruff | Stars: The Isley Brothers, R. Kelly, Chanté Moore, Ronald Isley

23. Now Eat (2000 Video)

Comedy, Horror, Mystery

6.0
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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: 65

24. 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

25. 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

26. Go-Go Swing (1989 Video)

Unrated | 60 min | Documentary

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GO-GO SWING is 1989 American music documentary about the homegrown music of Washington, D.C. called Go-Go, featuring interviews with local musicians, prominent Go-Go bands, and actual concert footage of live performances.

Director: David N. Rubin | Stars: George 'Wildman' Brooks, Chuck Brown, George Busey Jr., George Busey Sr.

27. A Tribe Called Quest: I Left My Wallet in El Segundo (1990 Video)

Unrated | 5 min | Short, Music

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A music video for the 1990 song "I Left My Wallet in El Segundo" by the American Hip-Hop recording group A Tribe Called Quest, a singled released from the group's debut album "People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm".

Director: Charles Stone III | Stars: A Tribe Called Quest, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Q-Tip

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. Stellar Sunday (2019– )

TV-G | 30 min | Music, Talk-Show

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STELLAR SUNDAY is an American television series that debut in 2019, and features gospel recording artists reflecting on their songs, motivations and aspirations.

Stars: Sonya Blakely, Jonathan McReynolds, VaShawn Mitchell, Percy Bady

30. King Dream Chorus & Holiday Crew: King Holiday (1986 Video)

TV-G | 7 min | Short, Music

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A music video for the 1986 charity song "King Holiday" by a group of American R&B and Hip-Hop recording artists collectively known as the King Dream Chorus and Holiday Crew.

Director: Micheal A. Clark | Stars: Kurtis Blow, El DeBarge, The Fat Boys, Full Force

31. Stetsasonic: Talkin' All That Jazz (1988 Video)

Unrated | 5 min | Short, Music

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A music video for the 1988 song "Talkin' All That Jazz" by the American Hip-Hop recording group Stetsasonic, from their album "In Full Gear".

Stars: Stetsasonic, Daddy-O, Prince Paul, Wise

32. 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

33. 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

34. Midnight Love (1998– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Music

8.0
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An hour full of R&B love songs provides soulful entertainment. Heartbreak, intimacy, holiday romance, aand soulmate-searching the themes of these vocal works of arts.

Star: Alvn Jones

Votes: 9

35. 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

36. 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

37. 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

38. 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

39. Jeffrey Osborne: Stay with Me Tonight (1983 Video)

Unrated | 5 min | Short, Music

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A music video for the 1983 song "Stay with Me Tonight" by the American R&B recording artist Jeffrey Osborne, a single released from his album of the same title.

Star: Jeffrey Osborne

40. 20th Super Bowl Gospel Celebration (2019 TV Special)

TV-G | 120 min | Music, Sport

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The 20th SUPER BOWL GOSPEL CELEBRATION is a music concert hosted by Ricky Smiley and Adrienne Houghton that brings together NFL players and gospel recording artists for a night of uplifting... See full summary »

Stars: Rickey Smiley, Adrienne Houghton, Tim Brown, Myron Butler

41. 18th Super Bowl Gospel Celebration (2017 TV Special)

TV-G | 120 min | Music, Sport

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The 18th SUPER BOWL GOSPEL CELEBRATION is a music concert hosted by Tamela J. Mann and David Mann that brings together NFL players and gospel recording artists for a night of uplifting ... See full summary »

Stars: Tamela J. Mann, David Mann, Yolanda Adams, BJ the Chicago Kid

42. Cameo: Single Life (1985 Video)

TV-G | 4 min | Short, Music

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A music video for the 1985 song "Single Life" by the American funk band Cameo.

Star: Cameo

43. 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.

44. 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

45. Busta Rhymes: Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See (1997 Video)

Unrated | 4 min | Short, Music

6.8
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Busta Rhymes performs in the music video "Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See" from the album "When Disaster Strikes" recorded for Flipmode Records and Elektra Records. Busta Rhymes ... See full summary »

Directors: Busta Rhymes, Hype Williams | Star: Busta Rhymes

Votes: 13

46. 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 | Star: Anita Baker

47. 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

48. Ice-T: New Jack Hustler (Nino's Theme) (1991 Video)

TV-PG | 5 min | Short, Music

7.8
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Ice-T performs in the music video "New Jack Hustler (Nino's Theme)" from the original motion picture soundtrack for New Jack City (1991) and the album "O.G. Original Gangster" recorded for ... See full summary »

Star: Ice-T

Votes: 5

49. Babyface: Whip Appeal (1990 Video)

Unrated | 6 min | Short, Music

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Babyface performs in the music video "Whip Appeal" from the album "Tender Lover" recorded for Solar and Epic Records. The music video begins with radio announcer talking about people stuck ... See full summary »

Director: James Yukich | Stars: Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds, Holly Robinson Peete

50. Karyn White: Superwoman (1989 Video)

Unrated | 5 min | Short, Music

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A music video for the 1989 single "Superwoman" by R&B recording artist Karyn White. In the music video, she is a dedicated wife and mother to her family, and wants recognition for efforts from her mate.

Star: Karyn White



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