Black Magic: African-Americans in Fantasy Films

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Angela Basset in Strange Days

Set in the dystopian future of 1999, and made in the direct aftermath of the deaths of Biggie and Tupac, Strange Days is one of the few fantasy films to explicitly tackle issues of race, class and sex. Bassett, in one of her most celebrated — and underrated — roles, plays Mace, best friend to black marketeer Ralph Fiennes and the voice of conscience in the film.

(Photo: Courtesy Lightstorm Entertainment)

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