Black History Month: '80s Black Cinema

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

The Color Purple (1985)

The film adaptation ofThe Color Purple, based on an Alice Walker novel, has become a beloved classic. Whoopi Goldberg made her film debut as Celie, an abused woman trying to find herself. Although the film received 11 Oscar nods (including Best Actress for Goldberg), it won none. Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover also starred.

(Photo: Warner Brothers/courtesy Everett Collection)

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