Nailed It: Biopics That Got It Right

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  • Straight Outta Compton
  • Angela Bassett
  • Ray Charles
  • Will Smith
  • Halle Berry/Larenz Tate
  • Diana Ross
  • The Jacksons
  • Jennifer Lopez
  • The Temptations
  • TLC
  • Halle Berry
  • Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Malcolm X

On-Point Homage

As seen in the recent cases of AaliyahWhitney Houston and Richard Pryor, it is never easy winning over the public when it comes to biopics of beloved figures. From angry rants on social media to cease-and-desist letters, getting a biopic from script to screen is no easy task.

A few, however, truly nailed it. Straight Outta Compton is one of them. The NWA biopic was met with skepticism when it finally got off the ground last year, and a casting controversy that angered Black Twitter didn't help its rep. But now, the reviews are in and the critics have spoken: the film, which is in theaters tomorrow, is a great piece of drama and essential viewing for hip hop heads of all stripes.

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