Black History Month: Best African-American Film Debuts

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  • Black Hollywood
  • Lupita Nyong'o
  • Ice Cube
  • Queen Latifah
  • Gabourey Sidibe
  • Tyler Perry
  • Diana Ross
  • Tupac Shakur
  • Anthony Mackie
  • Will Smith
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Jennifer Hudson
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  • Whitney Houston
  • T.I.
  • Prince

Ice Cube in Boyz N the Hood

Both Cube and first-time director John Singleton made history with this gritty, real film about Southern California 'hood life, but the rapper's ability to reach into his past and infuse his character, Doughboy, with his memories made this an unforgettable debut.

(Photo: Courtesy Columbia/ Everett Collection)

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