Here is a plentifully illustrated guide to the most powerful and socially significant movies made for, by, and about African Americans. The films are presented by decade, from 1900 to the present day, with introductions to each section connecting the movies to the social currents of their time.
Evocative stills accompany the enlightening coverage of well-known movies such as Body and Soul, The Emperor Jones, Carmen Jones, A Raisin in the Sun, Shaft, Blacula, Malcolm X and Eve's Bayou, as well as lesser-known but important films such as The Birth of a Race, Countdown at Kusini, and To Sleep with Anger.
More than just a collection of descriptions, The 50 Most Influential Black Films includes industry and popular reviews of each film and incisive interviews with Hollywood greats, among them legendary actor Ossie Davis and acclaimed directors Euzhan Palcy and Ivan Dixon. Here, too, is information on the availability of the movies fully covered in these pages, as well as suggestions about where to find and see the other films listed.
S. Torriano Berry is an award-winning filmmaker and tenured professor of Howard University’s Department of Radio, Television, and Film. He has created and produced a television series for independent and student films and has also produced made-for-television movies. He has completed his first novel, Tears, based on his original screen play, and lives in Washington, D.C.
Venise T. Berry is an associate professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Iowa. Her first two novels, So Good and All of Me, were Essence magazine Blackboard National Bestsellers, and her third, Colored Sugarwater, will be released in the fall. She lives in Coralville, Iowa.