(Huffington Post) — It has been pointed out by many, including recently theNew York Times, that the Oscars are painfully short of black nominees, which reflected the fact that, aside from Tyler Perry movies, a couple of low budget comedies and the art film Night Catches Us, few African-American-themed features reached U.S. theaters in 2010. This absence is even more telling when you glance back at the administration of George Bush the First.
Twenty years ago was a banner year for blacks in American cinema. There were more films written, produced and directed by the decedents of African slaves that in any year before. The most celebrated of those films was Boyz n the Hood, which would make $55 million dollars and earn its young, USC-trained director John Singleton an Oscar nomination for best director. But it was far from the only important or interesting feature released that year.