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Ethnic Studies Database

African American

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NAMES

African American: Descendants of Africans in the New World (typically slaves). Newer immigrants are present as well, creating a greater sense of history and culture.

Black: Slang/familiar term. Who can use it? I am not sure.

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MOVIES

I Am Somebody (1970)- Madeline Anderson (dir); documentary
Shaft (1971)- Gordon Parks (dir); Richard Roundtree, Moses Gunn
Lady Sings The Blues (1972)-Sidney J. Furie (dir); Diana Ross, Billy Dee Williams, Richard Pryor
Cleopatra Jones (1973)- Jack Starrett (dir); Tamara Dobson
Let The Church Say Amen (1973)- St. Clair Bourne (dir); documentary
Cooley High (1975)- Michael Schultz (dir); Glynn Turman, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Garrett Morris, Cynthia Davis
Mahogany (1975)- Berry Gordy (dir); Diana Ross, Billy Dee Williams
Strange Fruit (1978)- Michael Cassidy, Wendell Wright; short
The Wiz (1978)- Sidney Lumet (dir); Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell, Ted Ross, Lena Horne
Black Dawn (1979)- Robin Lloyd & Doreen Kraft (dir); documentary
What Could You Do With A Nickel? (1982)- Cara DeVito & Jeffrey Kleinman (dir)
Conversations With Roy Decarava (1983)- Carroll Parrot (dir); Roy Decarava, Alex Haley
In Motion: Amiri Baraka (1983)- St Clair Bourne (dir); documentary
Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads (1984)- Spike Lee (dir)
Purple Rain (1984)- Albert Magnoli (dir); Prince, Apollonia Kotero, Morris Day
The Color Purple (1985)-Steven Spielberg (dir); Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover, Oprah Winfrey
You Got To Move (1985)- Lucy Massie Phenix & Veronica Selver (dir); documentary
Fundi: The Story of Ella Baker (1986)- Joanne Grant (dir); documentary
Four Voices (1987)- Pamela Yates (dir); documentary
Coming To America (1988)- John Landis (dir); Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, Madge Sinclair, John Amos, Shari Headay
King James Version (1988)- Robert Gardner (dir); Christina Braggs, Louise Mike, Joan Pryor, Ellwoodson Williams
Do The Right Thing (1989)- Spike Lee (dir); Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee
Glory (1989)- Edward Zwick (dir); Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman
Harlem Nights (1989)- Eddie Murphy (dir); Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor, Redd Foxx, Della Reese
The Big Dis' (1990)- Gordon Eriksen & John O'Brien (dir); Gordon Eriksen, James Haig
The Keystoners (1990)- Dan Levitt (dir); documentary
Rice And Peas (1990)- Karen Kramer (dir); documentar
Takeover (1990)- Peter Kinoy & Pamela Yates (dir); documentary
Blood In The Face (1991)- Anne Bohlen, Kevin Rafferty, & James Ridgeway (dir)
Boyz N The Hood (1991)- John Singleton (dir); Morris Chestnut, Laurence Fishburne, Ice Cube
Jungle Fever (1991)- Spike Lee (dir); Wesley Snipes, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee
Black To The Promised Land (1992)- Madeline Ali (dir); documentary
Boomerang (1992)- Reginald Hudlin (dir); Eddie Murphy, Robin Givens, Halle Barry, David Alan Grier, Martin Lawrence, Grace Jones
A Gang For Good (1992)- Frederick Rendine (dir); documentary
Magnum Eye: Gospel & Blues, A Spell in the Mississippi Delta (1992)- Constantine Maros (dir);documentary
Malcolm X (1992)- Spike Lee (dir); Denzel Washington, Angela Bassett
Cocaine True, Cocaine Blue (1993)-Eugen Richards (dir); documentary
Getting Out (1993)- Eli Reed (dir); documentary
Passin' It On (1993)- John Valadez (dir); documentary
Poetic Justice (1993)- John Singleton (dir); Janet Jackson, Tupac Shakur
Seven Songs For Malcolm X (1993)- John Akomfrah (dir); documentary
What's Love Got To Do With It? (1993)- Brian Gibson (dir); Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne
Crooklyn (1994)- Spike Lee(dir); Alfre Woodard, Delroy Lindo, David Patrick Kelly
The Heart Of The Matter (1994)- Gini Reticker, Amber Hollibaugh (dir)
Merchandising Murder (1994)- Josh Freed (dir); documentary
No Loans Today (1994)- Lisanne Skyler (dir); documntary
Friday (1995)- F. Gary Gray (dir); Ice Cube, Chris Tucker, Nia Long, Tom 'Tiny' Lister Jr., John Witherspoon, Anna Maria Horsford, Regina King
Higher Learning (1995)- John Singleton (dir); Omar Epps, Ice Cube, Tyra Banks, Laurence Fishburne
Vampire in Brooklyn (1995)- Wes Craven (dir); Eddie Murphy, Angela Bassett, Kadeem Hardison
Waiting To Exhale (1995)- Forest Whitaker (dir); Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine, Lela Rochon
Basquiat (1996)- Julian Schnabel (dir); Jeffrey Wright, Benicio Del Toro
Last Angel of History (1996)- John Akomfrah (dir); documentary
Amistad (1997)- Steven Spielberg (dir); Morgan Freeman, Djimon Hounsou
Eve's Bayou (1997)- Kasi Lemmons (dir); Jurnee Smollett, Samuel L Jackson, Lynn Whitfield, Debbi Morgan
Family Name (1997)- Macky Alston (dir); documentary
4 Little Girls (1997)- Spike Lee (dir); documentary
Love Jones (1997)- Theodore Witcher (dir); Larenz Tate, Nia Long, Isaiah Washington, Lisa Nicole Carson
Rosewood (1997)- John Singleton(dir); Ving hames, Esther Rolle
Soul Food (1997)- George Tillman(dir); Vanessa L. Williams, Vivica A. Fox, Nia Long
Beloved (1998)- Jonathan Demme(dir); Oprah Winfrey, Danny Glover, Thandie Newton
How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998)- Kevin Rodney Sullivan (dir); Angela Bassett, Taye Diggs, Whoopi Goldberg
Slam (1998)- Marc Levin (dir); Saul Williams, Sonja Sohn
The Best Man (1999)- Malcolm D. Lee (dir); Taye Diggs, Nia Long, Morris Chestnut
Catfish in Black Bean Sauce (1999)- Chi Moui Lo (dir); Sanaa Lathan, Paul Winfield, Mary Alice
The Hurricane (1999)- Norman Jewison (dir); Denzel Washington, Vicellous Reon Shannon
Life (1999)- Ted Demme (dir); Eddie Murphy, Martin Lawrence, Obba Babatundé
Lullaby (1999)- Antonia Kao (dir); short
The Wood (1999)- Rick Famuyiwa (dir); Taye Diggs, Omar Epps, Richard T. Jones
Next Friday (2000)- Steve Carr (dir); Ice /cube, Tamala Jones, Mike Epps, Don Curry, John Witherspoon, Tom 'Tiny' Lister Jr.
The Original Kings of Comedy (2000)- Spike Lee (dir); Steve Harvey, Cedric the Entertainer, D.L. Hughley, Bernie Mac
Remeber The Titans (2000)- Boaz Yakin (dir); Denzel Washington
Sally Hemings: An American Scandal (2000)- Charles Haid (dir); Camen Ejogo, Diahann Carroll, Mario Van Peebles, Klea Scott
Shaft (2000)- John Singleton (dir); Samuel L. Jackson; Vanessa L. Williams, Jeffrey Wright
Ali (2001)- Michael Mann (dir); Will Smith, Malick Bowens, Candy Brown Houston, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Jamie Foxx, Nona Gaye, Mario Van Peebles, Mykelti Williamson
Carmen: A Hip Hopera (2001)- Robert Townsend (dir); Beyoncé Knowles, Mekhi Phifer, Dante Beze, Rah Digga, Joy Bryant, Wyclef Jean, Da Brat
Fire & Ice (2001)- Bryan Goeres (dir); Lark Voorhies, Kadeem Hardison, Glynn Turman, Tempestt Bledsoe
Lift (2001)- DeMane Davis & Khari Streeter (dir); Kerry Washington, Lonette McKee, Jacqui Parker, Naheem Allah
Snipes (2001)- Rich Murray (dir); Sam Jones III, Nelly, Zoe Saldana
Two Can Play That Game (2001)- Mark Brown (dir); Viviva A. Fox, Morris Chestnut
All About the Benjamins (2002)- Kevin Bray (dir); Ice Cube, Mike Epps
Antwone Fisher (2002)- Denzel Washington (dir); Derek Luke, Denzel Washington
Barbershop (2002)- Tim Story (dir); Ice Cube, Anthony Anderson, Cedric the Entertainer, Sean Patrick Thomas, Eve
Biggie & Tupac (2002)- Nick Broomfield (dir); documentary
Black Picket Fence (2002)- Sergio Goes (dir); Mel, Tislam Milliner, Kool G. Rap
Brown Sugar (2002)- Rick Famuyiwa (dir); Sanaa Lathan, Taye Diggs, Mos Def, Nicole Ari Parker, Queen Latifah
Deliver Us From Eva (2002)- Gary Hardwick (dir); Gabrielle Union, LL Cool J, Essence Atkins
Drumline (2002)- Charles Stone III (dir); Nick Cannon, Zoe Saldana, Orlando Jones
Friday After Next (2002)- Marcus Raboy (dir); Ice Cube, Mike Epps, John Witherspoon, Don Curry, Anna Maria Horsford
Juwanna Mann (2002)- Jesse Vaughan (dir); Miguel A. Nuñez Jr., Viviva A. Fox, Tommy Davidson, Ginuwine, Kim Wayans, Kimberly 'Lil Kim' Jones
Martin Lawrence Live: Runteldat (2002)- David Raynr (dir); Martin Lawrence
Standing in the Shadows of Motown (2002)- Paul Justman (dir); documentary
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VISUAL ARTISTS

Aaron Douglas- murals, painter
Alison Saar- mixed media
Benny Andrews- painting
Bessie Harvey- mixed media
Betye Saar- mixed media
Beverly McIver- painter
Candace Hill- photography
Carol Ann Carter- mixed media, textiles
Carrie Mae Weems- photography
Charles Porter- painting
Clarissa Sligh- narrative photography
Clementine Hunter- painter
Coreen Simpson- photography
David Hammons- installation
Edmonia Lewis- sculpture
Edward M. Bannister- painting
Ellen Phelan- painter
Emma Amos- acrylic painting
Faith Ringgold- mixed media, textiles
Gilda Snowden- painting
Henry Ossawa Turner- painter
Howardena Pindell- collage, painting
Jacob Lawrence- tempura painter
Jean-Michel Basquiat- painting
John Outterbridge- mixed media
Joshua Johnson- painting
Joyce J Scott- mixed media
Judith Jackson- performance
Kara Walker- large paper cutouts
Leon Golub- painter
Lorna Simpson- photography
Martha Jackson-Jarvis- installation, scuplture
Martin Puryear- mixed media
Mel Edwards- metal works
Melvin Edwards- sculpture
Michael Ray Charles- painter
Michele Godwin- prints, mixed media
Noah Jemison- painting, sculpture
Pat Ward Williams- mixed media, photography
Robert Colescott- painting
Robert Scott Duncanson- painting
Robbie McCauley- performance
Romare Bearden- painter, collage
Trena Banks- painting
Vivian E Browne- painting
William H. Johnson- painter
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WRITERS

Adrienne Kennedy- play
Adrienne Rich- essay, poetry
Alice Walker- novel
Andrea R. Canaan- essay, poetry
Angela Davis- essay, autobiography, critical analysis
Angelina Weld Grimke- play, short story
Anita Bunkley- novel
Ann Petry- novel
Anne Moody- short story, novel
April Sinclair- novel
Audre Lorde- essay, poetry
Barbara Chase-Riboud- poetry
bell hooks- critical analysis
Carolyn Rodgers- poetry
Cherry Muhanji - poetry, novel, short story
Coretta Scott King- essay, biography
Cornell West- critical analysis
Courtni Wright- children' books, novel
Dionne Brand- poetry
Dorothy West- novel, short story
Edwidge Danticat- novel
Ekua Omosupe- poetry, short fiction
Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley- memoir
Frances Ellen Watkins Harper- poetry, novel
Fredrick Douglas - autobiography, essay
Gloria Naylor- novel
Gwendolyn Brooks- poetry
Gwendolyn Parker- novel, memoir
Hallie Quinn Brown- poetry, short story
Harriet E. Adams Wilson- novel
Harriet Jacobs- novel
J. California Cooper- plays, short story
Jessie Fauset- novel
Jewelle Gomez- poetry, novel, essay, critical analysis
June Jordan- poetry, novel, children' books, essays
Langston Hughes - plays, essays, short stories
Lorene Cary- novel
Lorraine Hansberry - play
Lucille Clifton- poetry
Margaret Walker- poetry, novel
Martin Luther King Jr. - essay, speeches
Mary Church Terrell- autobiography, essay
Maya Angelou- poetry, novel
Nella Larsen Imes- novel
Octavia Butler- science fiction
Pat Parker- poetry
Pauline Hopkins- play, short story, essay
Phillis Wheatley- poetry
Rita Dove- poetry, novel
Ruthie Bolton- autobiography
Samuel Delany- science fiction, memoir
Sapphire- poetry, novel
Sarah Mapps Douglass- speeches
Saundra Sharp- poetry
Shay Youngblood- novel short story
Sherley Anne Williams- poetry, novel, children' books
Sister Souljah- novel
Sonia Sanchez- poetry, play, children' books
Terry McMillan- novel
Toni Cade Bambara- novel
Toni Morrison- novel
Valerie Wilson Wesley- novel
Virginia Harris-essay, short story
Virginia Hamilton - novel, children's books
Zora Neale Hurston- play, novel
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MUSIC

Aaliyah
Adina Howard
Al Green
Alana Davis
Alicia Keys
Angie Stone
Aretha Franklin
Ashanti
Babyface
Barry White
BB King
Ben Harper
Billie Holiday
Blackstreet
Body Count
Bobby Brown
Bootsy Collins
Boyz II Men
Brandy
Brownstone
Cab Calloway
Carl Thomas
Case
Cee-Lo
Changing Faces
Chaka Khan
Chic
City High
Common
Cree Summer
Da Brat
Destiny's Child
Diana Ross
Dionne Warwick
Dr. Dre
Dru Hill
Duke Ellington
Eartha Kitt
Ella Fitzgerald
En Vogue
Eric Benet
Erykah Badu
Eve
Faith Evans
Foxy Brown
Fugees
Funkadelic
George Clinton
Gladys Knight
India.Arie
Isaac Hayes
Jackson 5
The Jacksons
Jagged Edge
Jaguar Wright
James Brown
Janet Jackson
Ja Rule
Jill Scott
Jimi Hendrix
John Coltrane
John Lee Hooker
Johnny Gill
Karyn White
Keke Wyatt
Kelly Price
Kina
King's X
LaBelle
Lauryn Hill
Lena Horne
Lenny Kravitz
Lil' Bowwow
Lil' Kim
Lil' Mo
Lil' Romeo
Living Color
Louis Armstrong
Lucy Pearl
Luther Vandross
Macy Gray
Mahalia Jackson
Mariah Carey
Mary J. Blige
Maxwell
MC Lyte
Meshell N'degeocello
Methodman
Michael Jackson
Monica
Mya
Nas
Natalie Cole
Nate Dogg
Nat King Cole
Naughty By Nature
Ol' Dirty Bastard (ODB)
Parliament
Patti LaBelle
Prince
Public Enemy
Q-Tip
Queen Latifah
Ralph Tresvant
Ray Charles
Ray J
Rebekah
Redman
Robyn S.
Rufus
Salt 'N' Pepa
Sarah Vaughan
Sean Combs
Shanice
Sisqo
Smokey Robinson
Snoop Dogg
State Property
Stevie Wonder
Sunshine Anderson
The Supremes
Temptations
Tina Turner
Toni Braxton
Tracy Chapman
A Tribe Called Quest
Tweet
Tyrese
Vanessa Williams
Vernon Reid
Warren G
Whitney Houston
Will Smith
Wu Tang Clan
Wyclef Jean
Xscape
Yolanda Adams
Yo-Yo
Zhane