Black Remakes of White Films

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  • 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
  • Black Orpheus, Breno Mello, Marpessa Dawn
  • Jaden Smith, The Karate Kid
  • Harry Belafonte, Carmen Jones
  • Chris Rock, Kerry Washington, I Think I Love My Wife
  • Whitney Houston, Brandy, Cinderella

Steel Magnolias (2012)

There’s always extra added pizazz, new energy and yes, well, color when an all-white film gets remade with a predominantly African-American cast.

Steel Magnolias is the latest film to undergo this transformation. The 2012 version of this award-winning movie stars Queen Latifah, Alfre Woodard, Phylicia Rashad and Jill Scott taking over roles originated by Sally Field, Shirley MacLaine, Olympia Dukakis and Dolly Parton respectively.

Here’s a peek at other Black remakes of white films that have (or will soon) become beloved original, classics in their own right.

(photo: courtesy Lifetime)

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