B(l)ack to School Movies

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  • Hoop Dreams
  • Morgan Freeman
  • Stand and Deliver
  • Sidney Poitier
  • Denzel Washington, Oprah Winfrey
  • Stacey Dash
  • Spike Lee
  • Gabrielle Union
  • Meagon Good, Ne-Yo
  • Kid 'N Play
  • Cooley High
  • Coolio
  • Nick Cannon
  • Hillary Swank, Mario
  • John Singleton, Tyra Banks, Ice Cube

Stand and Deliver (1988)

Based on a true story about Jaime Escalante, a teacher at an East Los Angeles High School, Stand and Deliver made calculus look like fun … almost. This movie is responsible for popularizing the term “ganas,” which means the state of mind that drives a person and makes them work hard.

(Photo: Warner Brothers Pictures)

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