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Rick Famuyiwa, the writer and director of The Wood and Brown Sugar, is back with what’s sure to look like a hit among Black audiences. Both of Famuyiwa’s previous movies are two of my all time favorites, so I’m definitely looking forward to Dope.

Dope is a coming-of-age comedy that tells the story of Malcolm (Shameik Moore), a teenager who is clearly obsessed with everything about the ’90s, but lives in present day Inglewood. Some how Malcolm he gets caught up in a drug dealer’s ring and the story unravels from there. Dope also stars Kimberly Elise, Zoë Kravitz, Chanel Iman, Keith Stanfield, Blake Anderson and A$AP Rocky.

It’s definitely been a while since there has been a coming of age move for a young Black audience. There’s been several Black relationship movies like Why Did I Get Married I & II, but never really anything directed towards teens.

The Wood, which I probably watch about 3 times a year, is one of the few movies I can think of off the top of my head that was able to infuse comedy and romance for a younger Black audience.

Clutchettes, what are some of your favorite Black movies?

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  • K.C.

    To me, Do the Right Thing is not a black movie but one of the best movies ever made. So ‘Do the Right Thing” it is. Color Purple (although white director so not sure if it consitutes a ‘black movie’) is a close second. My 3rd favorite movie is probably Goodfellas and ‘A Train Car Named Desire”. #5 is ’12 Years a Slave’. #6 is Mahogany. #7 is probably Malcolm X.

  • G

    Daughters of the Dust
    Dear White People

  • Delia

    Can’t even watch some of my favs anymore unless I want to cry me a river: Boyz n the Hood, Sarafina, Set if Off, Malcolm X, Glory….