Top Ten Black Summer Movies

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  • The Inkwell Larenz Tate
  • Spike Lee, Do the Right Thing
  • Will Smith, Independence Day
  • Will Smith, Men in Black
  • Janet Jackson Poetic Justice
  • Ice Cube, Friday
  • Taraji P. Henson Tyrese Baby Boy
  • Terrence Howard Hustle and Flow
  • Jaden Smith, The Karate Kid
  • John Boyega, Attack the Block

Do the Right Thing (1989)

Spike Lee so perfectly captured the searing Brooklyn summer heat in this seminal 1989 film about racial tension in the 'hood, we were practically sweating in the movie theater. The fact that this New York indie managed to stand out against box office competition that included Batman and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids foreshadowed Lee's illustrious career ahead. 

(Photo: 40 Acres & a Mule Filmworks)

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