Black Remakes of White Films

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  • Chris Rock, Kerry Washington, I Think I Love My Wife
  • Whitney Houston, Brandy, Cinderella
  • Queen Latifah, Steel Magnolias
  • Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, The Wiz
  • Chris Rock, Tracy Morgan, Death at a Funeral
  • Willow Smith, Annie
  • About Last Night, Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy

Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella (1997)

Whitney Houston starred as the fairy godmother and Brandy as Cinderella in this retooling of the 1957 movie, starring Julie Andrews. As the film's producer, Houston turned her version of this classic fairytale into a multicultural celebration; the Asian prince charming had a Black queen mother (Whoopi Goldberg) and white king dad (Victor Garber).

(photo: courtesy Brownhouse Productions)

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