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  /  03.14.2020


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Earlier this week, the World Health Organization declared the spread of the coronavirus, which is now officially considered a global pandemic. According to CNN, there are over 2,795 cases and 175 reported deaths from those who contracted the virus, and that number is only growing. As a result, many companies urged their employees to work from home as a precautionary measure.

So, in support of those who are now working from home, REVOLT TV listed seven black classic movies that are perfect for binge watching at this time. Take a look at them below and thank us later. Quarantine and Chill is in full effect!

1. Love & Basketball

In the Gina Prince-Bythewood-directed film, Sanaa Lathan and Omar Epps portrayed a college couple, who encountered obstacles while chasing their dreams. Throughout the film, the two struggled with balance between basketball, their relationship and family life. Following its debut in 2000, the Spike Lee-produced film received countless praise and secured $27 million at the box office.

2. Paid In Full

Paid In Full serves as a perfect example of securing the bag by any means necessary. The 2002 film starred Wood Harris, Esai Morales, Mehki Phifer and Cam’ron, who took part in a Harlem underground drug business. As the movie unfolds, the men learn a valuable lesson about control and timing. 

3. Brown Sugar

In the 2002 film, Lathan reconnected with her childhood friend Taye Diggs after 15 years. After moving back to New York to further her journalism career, she realized that she has romantic feelings for him. In the end, Lathan highlighted the importance of finding a work-life balance and making time for her love life. 

4. Boys N The Hood

In the film, Boyz N The Hood, Cuba Gooding Jr. was sent to live with his father in Los Angeles. While there, he learned about faith from his girlfriend, Nia Long, and also witnessed the harsh reality of the drug business from his friends, Ice Cube and Morris Chestnut. In addition to the film being entertaining, it also received several awards including the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Motion Picture and the MTV Movie Award For Best New Filmmaker. 

5. Poetic Justice

A John Singleton-directed film is a must see when binge watching films. In the 1993 movie, Janet Jackson, who played a hairdresser, went on a life-changing road trip while grieving the death of her mother. Tupac Shakur, who also accompanied Jackson on the ride, became increasingly close to her. In addition to Jackson and Shakur, the film also tapped on Joe Torry and Regina King, who portrayed Jackson’s best friend. 

6. Friday

“I never get tired of watching ‘Friday,’” countless people have said over the years about the F. Gary Gray-directed film. The 1995 movie depicted Ice Cube tackling surprising events — shootouts, dealing with crackheads and more — after getting fired from his job. Overall, the film secured $28.2 million at the box office. 

7. Do The Right Thing

Do The Right Thing told the story of an Italian pizzeria owner, who encounters competition from a local competitor. Throughout the film, tensions rise between the two business owners as they tackle themes of business, racism and responsibility. The film also won the NAACP Image for Outstanding Actress in A Motion Picture, which was accepted by actress Ruby Dee.

What are some classic films that you’ll be watching, while at home? Let us know.

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