Black History Month: '80s Black Cinema

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  • Coming to America
  • Purple Rain, Prince
  • Lean on Me
  • Hollywood Shuffle
  • I'm Gonna Git You Sucka
  • The Last Dragon
  • Harlem Nights
  • Krush Groove
  • Do The Right Thing
  • The Color Purple

Lean on Me (1989)

Morgan Freeman was cast as the lead in this hit film based on the life/career of celebrated prinicipal Joe Clark. Hired to turn around an academically crumbling high school in Paterson, New Jersey, Clark dishes some tough love and benevolent tyranny to turn around the school and the lives of its students. 

(Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures)

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