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Ladies, we bet you didn’t know the autobiographical film, Malcolm X, was 25 years in the making! It’s based on Alex Haley’s novel, The Autobiography of Malcolm X, but that’s NOT all the trivia there is for you. Let’s celebrate Malcolm X’s legacy on the anniversary of his assassination with the behind the scenes of the critically-acclaimed film that honored his life.
A couple of months ago I attended a screening of “Baggage Claim” here in New York which featured a Q&A with the actors in the film and director David E. Talbert immediately following the viewing. As the discussion took off, a great deal of the chatter centered on the idea that “Baggage Claim” was not a “black movie,” despite having an all-black cast — save for the hilarious flight attendant side-kick of Jill Scott — but rather a romantic comedy and should be referred to as such. As I listened to the lengthy explanation I internally rolled my eyes, thinking why are we always trying to run away from our blackness and fit into the mainstream? But after seeing the reviews that rolled out for “The Best Holiday” in its opening weekend, I can finally say I get it. I should preface this entire article by letting you know “The Best Man” is near and dear to my heart. I grew up watching the movie obsessively and fantasized that the experiences they had would be what my life would be like (the good parts at least) when I became an adult. Despite the sequel just coming out on Friday, I’ve already seen it twice. And I’ve watched the original flick four times this week alone. It would be an understatement to say I wanted “The Best Man Holiday” to win in its opening weekend; and it did. For obsessive fans like me, the numbers this sequel did 14 years after it’s original debut likely weren’t surprising, but as I’ve read in reviews over and over again this weekend, it is apparently still shocking that (a) black people go to the movies, (b) black people like to see themselves on-screen when they go to the movies, (c) Tyler Perry is not the only writer/producer/director who can draw black audiences, (d) a movie featuring all black people doesn’t have to be about “black stuff.”
Some movies are so good, you never really stop talking about them. We’ve gathered a list of the classic movies we all love to quote. Add your favorite lines in the comments below!
By now we’ve learned that a movie doesn’t have to be Oscar-worthy for you to enjoy it. Every once in a while, there’s nothing wrong with being able to predict a story line and laughing anyway. These are the films that aren’t exactly good but we love them anyway.
When it comes to the big screen and accolades, many black films do not get the same attention as the competition. This can happen for many reasons that range from lack of funding to the simple fact that some people (both moviegoers and industry higher-ups) are turned off at the idea of a “black film.”
This is why it’s so important that we support the progress of screenwriters, directors, producers and actors who try to put out memorable films. This year has a ton of promise with great pictures in the queue to make their box office debut (“Put Your Money in the Box Office: Upcoming Black Films You Need to See“). Let’s take a look at black movies that did better than anticipated at the box office.
Some describe Brown Sugar as a game changer when it comes to black, romantic comedies. Described as the urban When Harry Met Sally, the film incorporated Hip Hop, professional black folk and a friendship turned love story that we just could help but love. You know the plot. You probably still bump the soundtrack, but we doubt you know these behind the scenes secrets.
2002 was a year of firsts for the people who would come together to create the film based on the life of a man named Antwone Fisher. The screenplay, written by Fisher was his first, it was the first time Denzel Washington stepped behind the camera to direct and it was the first feature film for rising star Derek Luke. And though there was a lot of new talent blossoming, the film about a man with a troubled past struck a chord with critics and audiences alike. You remember how the movie impacted you, you might have a copy of the DVD at home; but we bet you didn’t know the behind the scenes secrets of the film. Check them out on the following pages.
In 2006, when black movies usually dealt with themes of drug deals, poor choices and the ghetto, Akeelah and the Bee represented a stark contrast. The film, which featured heavy hitter actors Laurence Fishburne and Angela Bassett, was uplifting and inspirational. It was a message audiences of ages, races and backgrounds could enjoy. We’re sure you remember this movie, but we bet you don’t know
Though Akeelah took years to come together, once the funding and the actors were in place, the movie was filmed in just 31 days. The film was relatively small budget at just $6 million dollars. During it’s opening weekend, it made that back and 3 times that much ($18, 811, 135) when it closed in July of 2006. Filmed in 31 days with a budget of $6 million.
We all love our classic films. We love to see a good story beautifully told through the vehicle of film. But every now and then, it’s alright to…indulge in something that’s a little less high brow and a little more ridiculous. That film is Booty Call. You probably haven’t seen it since it was released in 1997, so to refresh your memory, check out the trailer below.
Now that you’ve been updated on the storyline, let’s get into the behind the scenes secrets.