Great African-American Biopics

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Betty & Coretta - Betty & Coretta will tell the story of the relationship and bond that Betty Shabazz and Coretta Scott King shared as the wives of civil rights leaders Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. respectively.  Angela Bassett has already played Betty Shabazz in 1992's Spike Lee Joint, Malcolm X, so it'll be interesting to see how she takes on Coretta Scott King. It'll also be amazing to see Mary J. Blige show off her acting chops.  Don't miss Mary J. Blige tonight on 106 at 6P/5C to discuss the biopic and let you know what to expect.  (Photo: Sanitsky Company)

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Betty & Coretta - Betty & Coretta will tell the story of the relationship and bond that Betty Shabazz and Coretta Scott King shared as the wives of civil rights leaders Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. respectively. Angela Bassett has already played Betty Shabazz in 1992's Spike Lee Joint, Malcolm X, so it'll be interesting to see how she takes on Coretta Scott King. It'll also be amazing to see Mary J. Blige show off her acting chops. Don't miss Mary J. Blige tonight on 106 at 6P/5C to discuss the biopic and let you know what to expect. (Photo: Sanitsky Company)

Beyonc? in Cadillac Records - Beyonc? played fellow full-voiced, dyed-blonde soul sensation Etta James in 2008's Cadillac Records.  (Photo: Sony Pictures)

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Cadillac Records - Cadillac Records follows music during the time of "race records" and when Etta James (played by Beyonce) was making it to the top while struggling with her demons in the form of substance abuse. It's a raw depiction of the industry and worth the watch. (Photo: Sony Pictures)

7. There?d Be No Notorious Movie - The 2009 movie Notorious, which featured rapper Gravy playing a convincing B.I.G. and former 3LW singer Naturi Naughton as an impressive Lil' Kim, portrayed the life and death of Biggie Smalls. A biopic would be premature for a man who had a lot more history to make.(Photo: Fox Searchlight Pictures)

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Notorious - The life and legacy of the Notorious B.I.G. has been discussed and debated since his death over a decade ago. In 2009, the Diddy-approved movie, Notorious hit theaters to show the softer side of Christopher Wallace. If you want to see him rise from the bottom to the top, this is the movie for you. (Photo: Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Malcolm X - It?s been more than 20 years since the release of Spike Lee?s biopic film Malcolm X, starring Denzel Washington.  The movie highlights the life of Malcolm Little as he transitions into Malcolm X. While most Black history curriculum?s focus on Martin Luther King Jr., this film will introduce students to another pioneer in the civil rights movement.(Photo: 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks)

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Malcolm X - In the role that should have won Denzel Washington the Oscar for Best Lead Actor, Malcolm X is a movie that vividly tells the story of the Islamic civil rights leader. Spike Lee told Malcolm's story from his poor upbringing, facing racism early, a life of hustling, being incarcerated to turning his life around and trying to lead the Black community is a positive direction. (Photo: 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks)

 The Pursuit of Happyness - In one of Jaden Smith's first roles he played opposite of his father Will Smith in The Pursuit of Happyness. The movie told the amazing tale of Chris Gardner and his rise from homelessness to becoming a millionaire.   (Photo: Courtesy Columbia Pictures)

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 The Pursuit of Happyness - In one of Jaden Smith's first roles he played opposite of his father Will Smith in The Pursuit of Happyness. The movie told the amazing tale of Chris Gardner and his rise from homelessness to becoming a millionaire. (Photo: Courtesy Columbia Pictures)

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Jamie Foxx in Ray - Singer/actor/comedian/you-know-name-it Jamie Foxx won an Oscar for his spot-on portrayal of Ray Charles in the 2004 biopic Ray.  (Photo: Universal Pictures)

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Ray - Ray allowed Jamie Foxx to bring Ray Charles life and legacy to the masses, but it also allowed the actor to display his music prowess. Ray showed Ray Charles journey from childhood to his life as an international superstar and every obstacle that he faced and overcame including get over a serious heroin addiction. (Photo: Universal Pictures)

Angela Bassett in What's Love Got to Do With It - Regarded as one of the greatest biopics ever made and a film so powerful many people associate the actors who played Ike and Tina Turner with their counterparts, What's Love Got to Do With It was a transformative film about music's most tumultuous relationship. Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne play Tina and Ike, respectively, and earned Oscar nominations for their gritty performances.  (Photo: Touchtone Pictures)

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What's Love Got To Do With It - Betty & Coretta star Angela Bassett is no stranger to biopics and starred in Malcolm X and she also played the lead role of Tina Turner in the biopic What's Love Got To Do With It. Angela brought Tina Turner to life onscreen bringing her choreography and raw emotion to the big screen like the master she is. (Photo: Touchtone Pictures)

Ali - Will Smith got into the best shape of his life to play the champion, Muhammad Ali in the biopic Ali. Besides studying tons of Ali's film, Will took on the role and played the champ to a T which included him getting his ears pinned back during filming to look more like the man himself.  (Photo: Peter Brandt/Getty Images)

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Ali - Will Smith got into the best shape of his life to play the champion, Muhammad Ali in the biopic Ali. Besides studying tons of Ali's film, Will took on the role and played the champ to a T which included him getting his ears pinned back during filming to look more like the man himself.  (Photo: Peter Brandt/Getty Images)

The Express - Ernie Davis is one of the greatest football players to ever grace the gridiron. Ernie was a star football player at Syracuse University and one of the first Black winners of the 1961 Heisman trophy. Unfortunately, this No. 1, first round draft pick never played in a professional game because he came down with lukemia. The Express shows the rise and life of the Elmira native from childhood until his untimely death.   (Photo: Relativity Media)

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The Express - Ernie Davis is one of the greatest football players to ever grace the gridiron. Ernie was a star football player at Syracuse University and one of the first Black winners of the 1961 Heisman trophy. Unfortunately, this No. 1, first round draft pick never played in a professional game because he came down with lukemia. The Express shows the rise and life of the Elmira native from childhood until his untimely death. (Photo: Relativity Media)

Antwone Fisher - The biopic Antwone Fisher explores the life of Antwone Fisher, who is a gentleman that came up in a few foster families and had been abused mentally, physically and sexually. His disturbing past came to light while he was in the Navy and luckily he received the psychological help that he needed and went on to be a successful writer and producer.   (Photo: Fox Searchlight Pictures)

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Antwone Fisher - The biopic Antwone Fisher explores the life of Antwone Fisher, who is a gentleman that came up in a few foster families and had been abused mentally, physically and sexually. His disturbing past came to light while he was in the Navy and luckily he received the psychological help that he needed and went on to be a successful writer and producer. (Photo: Fox Searchlight Pictures)