Black Magic: African-Americans in Fantasy Films

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Taimak and Vanity in The Last Dragon

Think of this as a 'hood version of The Karate Kid, which came out the year before. Replace Los Angeles with Harlem, Ralph Macchio with real-life black belt Taimak, and Elizabeth Shue with self-proclaimed nasty girl Vanity. Add a killer soundtrack produced by Berry Gordy, and you have a film that achieved cult status before it even left the theater.

(Photo: Courtesy Tristar Pictures)

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