Small Screen Stories: Films Made Into Television Shows

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  • Rise of The Planet of The Apes
  • Blade, Wesley Snipes
  • Shaft, Richard Roundtree
  • Black Dynamite
  • Friday Night Lights, Derek Luke
  • She's Gotta Have It, Spike Lee
  • Fame, Debbie Allen
  • Barbershop, Ice Cube
  • Soul Food, Vanessa Williams
  • In The Heat of The Night, Sidney Poitier

Shaft

Richard Roundtree blazed a groundbreaking path of Black power and Blaxplotation when he starred in the 1971 title film role about a cool private eye. After starring in two movie sequels, Roundtree reprised his role for one season of Shaft the TV series in 1973.

(Photo: MGM)

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