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

The Inkwell (1994)

Will Smith and Samuel L. Jackson aren't the only Black movie stars to make a splash at the summer box office. In honor of an air-conditioned theater on a hot summer day, here's our list of the top ten Black summer movies.

First off, The Inkwell, the 1994 coming-of-age comedy starring a 19-year-old Larenz Tate who comes out of his shell during a summer in affluent Martha's Vineyard. The film also stars a fresh-faced Jada Pinkett Smith as Tate's love interest. 

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