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Summary: Best friends and criminals Durell Washington and LeeJohn are two thieves who haven't got a prayer. Sentenced to 5,000 hours of community service, Durell's life quickly goes from bad to worse. Realizing that the Lord helps those who help themselves, he eventually decides to help himself to the neighborhood church's building fund. Accompanied by LeeJohn, the two down-on-their-luck men are...

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment 2008

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

Summary: In a searing parody of American television and racial attitudes a young African American network executive, under pressure from his white boss, creates a minstrel show, hoping that it will fail and that he will be released from his network contract -- but the TV show becomes both a hit and the subject of much controversy.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: New Line Home Entertainment 2001

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

Summary: Dancing great Bill Williamson takes a look back on the beginnings of his career and his romance with fellow rising star Selina. Their romance is brief because Selina does not want to settle down.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment 2005

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1 available in Musicals DVDs, Call number: DVD MUSICALS STO

Summary: The story of the 'Fighting 99th' - the first squadron of black American pilots to be allowed to fight for their country. It is 1943 and the U.S. is suffering huge losses on the ground and in the air. Four newly recruited pilots are united by a desire to serve their country, at a time when black flyers were not welcomed in the Air Force. Now, the "Tuskegee Airmen" must undertake the riskiest...

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 2010

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

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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Summary: Among the most fascinating chapters of film history is that of the so-called "race films" that flourished in the 1920s -'40s. Unlike the "black cast" films produced within the Hollywood studio system, these films not only starred African Americans but were funded, written, produced, edited, distributed, and often exhibited by people of color. Entrepreneurial filmmakers built an industry apart...

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 2016

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1 available in Documentary DVDs, Call number: DVD DOC PIO
1 available in Sight & Sound Print Material, Call number: SSC DVD DOC PIO

Contents: In 'da beginning. Bring in 'da noise, bring in 'da funk (3:48) ; The door to Isle GorGee (1:00) ; Slave ships (3:19) ; Som'thin' from nuthin'/Circle stomp (4:04) ; The pan handlers (1:17) -- Urbanization. The lynching blues (3:01) ; Chicago bound (4:12) ; Shifting sounds (1:03) ; Industrialization (3:44) ; Quittin' time/The Chicago riot rag (6:17) ; I got the beat/Dark tower (3:28) ; The...

Format: sound recording-musical

Publisher / Publication Date: RCA Victor 0000

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1 available in Compact Audio Disc, Call number: CD SHOW MUSIC BRI

Summary: Underground tells the story of American heroes and their harrowing journey from slavery to freedom, with the legendary Harriot Tubman blazing the trail.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 2017

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

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: Underground tells the story of American heroes and their harrowing journey from slavery to freedom, with the legendary Harriot Tubman blazing the trail.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 2017

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1 available in Television Series DVDs, Call number: DVD UND

Summary: Twenty years ago, we were introduced to Penny Proud, a young African American girl navigating through her teens- in spite of larger-than-life situations. Penny's encounters with her friends, her over-protective parents and her too-hip granny spiral into adventures filled with hijinks, hilarity and heart.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 2022

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1 available in Television Series DVDs, Call number: DVD PRO

Summary: Based on the life of Jean-Michel Basquiat, a young American unknown graffiti artist who lived on the streets of New York City in a cardboard box. Jean-Michel was "discovered" by Andy Warhol's art world and became a star. But his success came at a high price, and Basquiat paid with friendship, love, drugs and eventually, his life.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Echo Bridge Home Entertainment 1996

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

Summary: A fictional account of one amazing night where icons Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Sam Cooke, and Jim Brown gathered discussing their roles in the Civil Rights Movement and cultural turmoil of the '60s.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 2021

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

Summary: A fictional account of one amazing night where icons Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Sam Cooke, and Jim Brown gathered discussing their roles in the Civil Rights Movement and cultural turmoil of the '60s.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 2021

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

Summary: When 11-year-old Jason Ross is cut from his little league team his undefeatable spirit leads him to try and create an expansion team. In searching for a new coach, Jason comes to believe that Mack Henry is really Buck McHenry, the legendary pitcher from the old Negro Baseball Leagues. While Mack begins to coach this rag-tag team, Jason and his friends set out to prove his true identity.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Feature Films for Familes 2004

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

Summary: Comedians Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peel give viewers no choice but to laugh at their hilarious way of examining life in a provocative and irreverent way, through a combination of filmed sketches and live stage segments. From gangsters sharing a passion for Twilight to Ice-T as a naughty puppy, or racist super heroes, it showcases their chemistry, camaraderie and unique point of view, born...

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: [Publisher not identified] 2014

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

Summary: The courageous story of an African-American sailor who dared to dream of becoming a U.S. Navy Master Diver. Despite a ruthless training officer and a tragic shipboard accident, Carl's iron will is never broken. Against all odds, he pushes on to achieve the impossible.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment 2001

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

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1 available in Digital Video Disc, Call number: DVD Movie Men 2001

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Summary: Inspired by the legend of Shields 'Emperor' Green, a descendant of African kings turned outlaw slave in the pre-Civil War South. Seeking freedom for his family, Emperor fights his way north, joining the daring raid on Harper's Ferry and helping alter the course of American history.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment 2020

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

Summary: "Elements of Shakespeare's stories are woven into this beautiful and enchanting tale that details the beginning, end and rebirth of a love affair between William and Venus, a member of the mystical Native American Lightning Clan. Though society, cultural circumstances, and family pressures conspire to keep them apart, a young William and Venus devise ways to meet and strengthen the bond between...

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Vertical Entertainment 2013

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1 available in Family DVDs, Call number: DVD Family From 2013

Summary: Infused with spirituals, folk songs, blues, and jazz, Hallelujah follows the fortunes of Zeke, a poor cotton farmer. Love, loss, passion, redemption, make this cinematic milestone the first all-black feature from a major studio.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Turner Entertainment 2006

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1 available in Musicals DVDs, Call number: DVD MUSICALS HAL

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Summary: Years after her Indian family was forced to flee their home in Uganda by the dictatorship of Idi Amin, twenty-something Mina spends her days cleaning rooms in an Indian-run motel in Mississippi. When she falls for the charming Black carpet cleaner Demetrius, their passionate romance challenges the prejudices of both of their families and exposes the rifts between the region's Indian and African...

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 2022

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Summary: Clover always wondered why there was a fence that separated the black side of town from the white side. When a young white girl, from the other side, starts to sit on the fence, her curiousity, and a friendship, develops.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Weston Woods Studios 2012

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

Summary: A powerful drama about a jazz musician who "has it all," love, friendship, and fame, but whose tormented past threatens to destroy him and his career.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 2021

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

Summary: Screen version of the life of Malcolm X, who through his religious conversion to Islam, found the strength to rise up from a criminal past to become an influential civil rights leader.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Warner Home Video 2005

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

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