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Summary: For the first time in years, the entire Whitfield clan comes home to celebrate Christmas and learn through the drama and emotional baggage how to be a family once again.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment 2008

Copies Available at Kingsley

1 available in KBL Holiday Storage, Call number: DVD Holiday T

Summary: The comical adventures of an African American family living in suburbia. This animated series brings the hilarious exploits of Huey, Riley, Granddad, Ruckus, Jazmine and the rest of the crew to life.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 2008

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Summary: On a weekend wedding in Martha's Vineyard, two African-American families from divergent socioeconomic backgrounds clash during their first meeting before the big event.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment 2011

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1 available in Comedy DVDs, Call number: DVD COMEDY JUM

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1 available in Digital Video Disc, Call number: DVD J

1 hold on 1 copy

Summary: Andre "Dre" Johnson has it all...a job as a top ad exec, a beautiful doctor wife, four great kids and a lovely, well-appointed house in the suburbs. And he's not about to let his family forget how they got there. Keeping cultural identity alive is not without its challenges for this man on a mission. With perpetual pushback from clueless coworkers, an outspoken father, and even the wife and...

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 2015

Copies Available at Woodmere

1 available in Television Series DVDs, Call number: DVD TV BLA

Summary: An adaptation of Alex Haley's "Roots", in which Haley traces his African American family's history from the mid-18th century to the Reconstruction era.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Warner Home Video 2007

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1 available in Television Series DVDs, Call number: DVD TV ROO

4 holds on 3 copies

Summary: Tyler Perry does quadruple duty, playing three characters plus the popular Aunt Madea. Madea is summoned to rural Georgia for a family get-together that turns tragic with an unexpected death. Now it's up to Madea to plan the funeral, hold the family together, and make sure no dirty family secrets get leaked. Of course, in Madea's world nothing ever goes exactly to plan, but she's determined to...

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 2019

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Summary: Follows several generations in the lives of a slave family. The saga begins with Kunta Kinte, a West African youth captured by slave raiders and shipped to America in the 1700s. The family is depicted up until the Civil War, when Kunte Kinte's grandson gains his emancipation.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Warner Home Video 2007

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1 available in Drama DVDs, Call number: DVD DRAMA ROO

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1 available in Television Series DVDs, Call number: DVD TV Series Roots 1997

Summary: With promises of a reduced sentence, Jake Shuttlesworth is granted temporary release from state prison in order to persuade the nation's top college basketball recruit, his estranged son Jesus, to play ball for the Governor's alma mater! Includes theatrical trailer.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Touchstone Home Video 1998

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Summary: When college students Marcus and Lucia make a surprise engagement announcement, their feuding fathers threaten to turn a dream wedding into a battle royal. Throw in eccentric relatives and clashing cultures, and you've got a recipe for laugh-out-loud lunacy and nonstop fun!

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment 2010

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1 available in Comedy DVDs, Call number: DVD COMEDY OUR

Summary: After musical mogul Lucious Lyon is diagnosed with a potentially fatal disease, he must choose which of his three sons with succeed him at the legendary Empire entertainment company. The game changes when ex-wife Cookie returns from prison. This groundbreaking series features a pulsating soundtrack from legendary music hit maker Timbaland.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment 2015

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1 available in Television Series DVDs, Call number: DVD TV EMP

Wilson, August

Summary: The protagonist of Fences (part of Wilsons ten-part Pittsburgh Cycle plays), Troy Maxson, is a strong man, a hard man. He has had to be to survive. Troy Maxson has gone through life in an America where to be proud and black is to face pressures that could crush a man, body and soul. But the 1950s are yielding to the new spirit of liberation in the 1960s, a spirit that is changing the world Troy...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Plume 2016

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 812 WIL

Summary: Nick offers to take Suzanne's kids cross-country in an effort to win her heart. He must survive 24 hours with two kids bent on destroying him.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment 2007

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1 available in Family DVDs, Call number: DVD Family Are 2007

Summary: Languid look at the Gullah culture of the sea islands off the coast of South Carolina and Georgia where African folk ways were maintained well into the twentieth century and was one of the last bastions of these mores in America.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 2017

Copies Available at Woodmere

1 available in Drama DVDs, Call number: DVD DRAMA DAU

Summary: Three months have passed since Lucious Lyon's shocking arrest. Now, released from prison, he and Cookie enter a hostile competition to dominate the music industry. Despite an ongoing feud between their sons Jamal and Hakeem, a stunning betrayal may unite the family against an outside takeover of Empire Records. Meanwhile, Cookie learns a frightening truth about her new lover, and tragedy tests...

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 2016

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1 available in Television Series DVDs, Call number: DVD TV EMP

Summary: Empire returns for a third season, with its hottest music and most tantalizing storylines yet. While Lucious launches Empire's music streaming division, his half-brother Tariq launches a murder investigation of Lucious. And as Cookie's romance with Angelo Dubois heats up, so does Angelo's campaign for mayor. The Lyon brothers face troubles from the past, and all the while, the battle to control...

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 2017

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1 available in Television Series DVDs, Call number: DVD TV EMP

Winfield, Paul

Summary: Tells the story of an African American boy, his dog, and his family overcoming adversity in Depression-era Louisiana.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Koch Vision 2008

Copies Available at East Bay

1 available in Digital Video Disc, Call number: DVD MOVIE SOU

Nyong'o, Lupita

7 holds on 2 copies

Summary: When an African American family decides to spend the summer in a small beach town, they discover that they are being stalked by evil doppelgängers of themselves.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 2019

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Glover, Danny

Summary: When a charismatic drifter arrives in Los Angeles to visit an old friend, his presence creates turmoil in the otherwise peaceful household.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Criterion Collection Inc 2019

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1 available in Drama DVDs, Call number: DVD DRAMA TO

Summary: In Season 2, Bel-Air is starting to feel like the hood for Will. His Philly roots run deep, but even a street-smart rapper can wrap his mind around croissants and credit cards, and his arms around upscale hotties.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Warner Home Video 2005

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Summary: The gripping story is told through four generations, from the capture of Kunta Kinte in Africa to his transport to Colonial America in brutal conditions through successive generations fighting to win their freedom in the Civil War.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 2016

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1 available in Television Series DVDs, Call number: DVD TV ROO

Summary: Film of the award-winning play about a struggling black family living on Chicago's South Side and the impact of an unexpected insurance bequest. Each family member sees the bequest as the means of realizing dreams and of escape from grinding frustrations.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Columbia Tristar Home Video 1999

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2 available in Drama DVDs, Call number: DVD DRAMA RAI

Summary: Choosing a college and striking out on one's own is an exciting time that requires a big adjustment by both child and parent, but few parents will have as much difficulty relinquishing control over their daughter's life as Chicago police chief James Porter. A loving, but overprotective father, James wants his daughter Melanie to attend nearby Northwestern College. When she's waitlisted and...

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Walt Disney Home Entertainment 2008

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1 available in Family DVDs, Call number: DVD FAMILY COL

Summary: Based on a true story, an inner-city Baltimore family copes with ever-present drug traffic and violence in their lives.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: HBO Home Entertainment 2011

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1 available in British Television Series DVDs, Call number: DVD BRITISH TV COR

Summary: A poor African-American family make the best of things in the Chicago housing projects.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment 2015

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