Black History Month: '80s Black Cinema

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  • 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
  • Do The Right Thing

Purple Rain (1984)

Pop icon Prince made his film debut in Purple Rain portraying aspiring music star The Kid. Navigating his family (terrorized by an abusive, failed musician father) and a cut-throat Minneapolis music scene, Prince delivered a solid performance as an actor. The Oscar-winning soundtrack turned Prince into an international superstar. 

(Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures)

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