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1. 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: 2,083

2. A Raisin in the Sun (1961)

Approved | 128 min | Drama

8.0
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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: 6,426

3. 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: 23,562 | Gross: $4.40M

4. 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: 258

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: 10,438

6. 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: 16

7. 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: 328

8. Minstrel Man (1977 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama, Music

8.1
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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: 51

9. 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

10. 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: Dave Chappelle, Rashida Jones, Jennifer Hudson, Danny Glover

11. 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

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

TV-PG | 90 min | Music

3.6
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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: 23

13. 3rd Annual Black Music Honors (2018 TV Special)

TV-G | 120 min | Music

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The 3rd Annual Black Music Honors is a ceremony that was hosted by Rickey Smiley and LeToya Luckett-Walker and honors legendary artists who have influenced and made significant ... See full summary »

Director: Michael A. Johnson | Stars: Rickey Smiley, LeToya Luckett-Walker, Dallas Austin, Veronika Bozeman

14. 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

15. Love Different (2016)

94 min | Comedy

6.3
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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: 56

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

TV-PG | 90 min | Music

3.1
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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: Sandy Considine | Stars: Taraji P. Henson, Laz Alonso, Anthony Anderson, India Arie

Votes: 17

17. The 10th Annual Soul Train Music Awards (1996 TV Special)

TV-G | 120 min | Music

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A music awards ceremony hosted by Anita Baker, LL Cool J and Brandy Norwood that honored achievements made during 1995 by musicians of color. The event was held on March 29, 1996 at the ... See full summary »

Director: Ron de Moraes | Stars: Brandy Norwood, LL Cool J, Anita Baker, Yolanda Adams

18. 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

19. 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

20. Black Girls Rock (2010 TV Special)

TV-PG | 90 min | Music

7.1
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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: Alex Coletti | Stars: Nia Long, Raven-Symoné, Missy Elliott, Ruby Dee

Votes: 15

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

TV-PG | 30 min | Music

4.9
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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: 24

22. 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 »

Director: Rolando Hudson | Star: LL Cool J

23. 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: 26

24. 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

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

TV-14 | 180 min | Music

2.9
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Directors: Chris Robinson, Iren Sheffield, Jessy Terrero | Stars: DeRay Davis, Cardi B, DJ Khaled, Wale Folarin

Votes: 8

26. 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

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

TV-PG | 90 min | Music

3.8
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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: 9

28. 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

29. 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

30. 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

31. 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

32. 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

33. 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

34. 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

35. In Search of History: The Night Tulsa Burned (1999 TV Movie)

41 min | History

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Long-buried tale of the tragic hours that brought Greenwood to a fiery end, and the misunderstanding that started when a white elevator operator accused 19-year-old Greenwood resident Dick ... See full summary »

Star: Johnny D. Kirk

36. 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

37. 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

38. Black Girls Rock! 2012 (2012 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.

Director: Alex Coletti | Stars: Alicia Keys, Regina King, Brandy Norwood, Ciara

Votes: 9

39. 12th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards (1997 TV Special)

TV-G | 120 min | Music

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The 12th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards is a ceremony hosted by Terrence 'T.C.' Carson and CeCe Winans that honors the achievements of music recording artists and composers their contributions to Gospel music.

Director: Chuck Vinson | Stars: Terrence 'T.C.' Carson, CeCe Winans, Yolanda Adams, Tim Bowman

40. 25th Annual Trumpet Awards (2017 TV Special)

TV-G | 120 min | Family

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An annual awards ceremony hosted by Nicole Ari Parker and Deon Cole that celebrates African American leaders who have achieved greatness, while inspiring others.

Director: Milton Lage | Stars: Nicole Ari Parker, Deon Cole, Erica Ash, Regina Belle

41. 26th Annual Trumpet Awards (2018 TV Special)

TV-G | 120 min | Music

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A annual awards ceremony hosted by Larenz Tate and Erica Ash that celebrates African American leaders who have achieved greatness while inspiring others.

Stars: Larenz Tate, Erica Ash, Arrested Development, Big Daddy Kane

42. 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

43. 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

44. 4th Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards (1998 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 LL Cool J, ... See full summary »

Director: Ron de Moraes | Stars: LL Cool J, Brian McKnight, Brandy Norwood, Erykah Badu

45. Al B. Sure!: Rescue Me (1988 Video)

Unrated | 5 min | Short, Music

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A music video for the single "Rescue Me" by Al B. Sure!, from his debuts album In Effect Mode".

Director: Peter Nydrle | Stars: Al B. Sure!, Andre Harrell

46. Ôrí (1989)

100 min | Documentary

7.2
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A look at the Brazilian black movement between 1977 and 1988, going by the relationship between Brazil and Afrika.

Director: Raquel Gerber | Star: Maria Beatriz Nascimento

Votes: 10

47. 7th Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards (2001 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 Eve, Leeza ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Simon | Stars: Luther Vandross, Eve, Shemar Moore, Yolanda Adams

48. 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

49. The 13th Annual Soul Train Music Awards (1999 TV Special)

TV-G | 120 min | Music

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A music awards ceremony hosted by Tyra Banks, Monica and Brian McKnight that honored achievements made during 1998 by musicians of color. The event was held on March 26, 1999 at the Shrine ... See full summary »

Director: Ron de Moraes | Stars: Tyra Banks, Monica, Brian McKnight, Erykah Badu

50. 1st Annual Black Music Honors (2016 TV Special)

TV-G | 120 min | Music

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The 1st Annual Black Music Honors is a ceremony that was hosted by Malcolm-Jamal Warner and Ledisi Young and honored legendary artists who have influenced and made significant contributions... See full summary »

Director: Michael A. Johnson | Stars: Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Ledisi Young, Gerald Alston, Clarence Avant



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