Ten Best Black High School Movies

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  • Sidney Poitier
  • High School Musical (2006)
  • Debbie Allen
  • Cuba Gooding Jr.
  • Gabrielle Union
  • Morgan Freeman
  • Michelle Pfieffer
  • Steve James
  • Edward James Olmos
  • Stacey Dash

Boyz in the Hood (1991)

This groundbreaking film by John Singleton, which earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Director, demonstrates what can happen to inner-city kids who don't have an inspiring role model in the classroom. Tre (Cuba Gooding Jr.) and his pals Doughboy (Ice Cube) and Ricky (Morris Chestnut) are constantly caught between the lure of the street and the hope of a better life. The film was one of the first accurate portrayals of life in South Central on film.

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