Black & Working…in Hollywood

19Feb09

Of the hundreds of studio films produced in 2008, 70 or so featured African-American/African actors. Believe it or not, there were a few films left over for other Black actors besides Samuel L. Jackson and the Smith family to appear in… We were glad to see a little more of Jeffrey Wright. Hey, where was Denzel?

The economy’s bad, so take a look at the list and rent a movie this weekend. We have to support Black actors, because, theoretically, they’ll get more work and we’ll get even better movies.  

2008 MAJOR FILMS (IN ALPHA ORDER) AFRICAN-AMERICAN ACTORS WORTH RENTING?
21 LAURENCE FISHBURNE  NO
BABYLON A.D. VIN DIESEL  NO
BATTLE IN SEATTLE ANDRE BENJAMIN  NO
BE KIND REWIND MOS DEF  NO
BEDTIME STORIES AISHA TYLER  YES
BLINDNESS DANNY GLOVER  SO-SO
CADILLAC RECORDS JEFFREY WRIGHT, MOS DEF, BEYONCE’ KNOWLES, GABRIELLE UNION, COLUMBUS SHORT, CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER, EAMONN WALKER  YES
COLLEGE ROAD TRIP MARTIN LAWRENCE, RAVEN-SYMONE’  NO
DEATH RACE TYRESE GIBSON  NO
DEFINITELY, MAYBE DEREK LUKE  YES
DELGO LOUIS GOSSETT, JR., MICHAEL CLARKE DUNCAN  UH, NO
DOUBT VIOLA DAVIS  OH YES!
FELON HAROLD PERRINEAU  ?
FIRST SUNDAY ICE CUBE, KATT WILLIAMS, TRACY MORGAN, LORETTA DEVINE, MICHAEL BEACH, MALINDA WILLIAMS  NO
GET SMART TERRY CREWS, DWAYNE “THE ROCK” JOHNSON  NO
HANCOCK WILL SMITH  YES
HAROLD CUBA GOODING, JR  SO-SO
HELL RIDE MICHAEL BEACH  NO
HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 3 CORBIN BLEU, MONIQUE COLEMAN, CHRIS WARREN, JR.  YES
HOW SHE MOVE DANIEL MORRISON, MYA, KARDINALL OFFISHALL, DJANET SEARS  YES
IGOR ARSENIO HALL (VOICE)  NO
IRON MAN TERRENCE HOWARD  OH YES!
JUMPER SAMUEL L. JACKSON  SO-SO
KITT KITTREDGE: AN AMERICAN GIRL WILLOW SMITH  YES
KUNG FU PANDA MICHAEL CLARKE DUNCAN  NO
LAKEVIEW TERRACE KERRY WASHINGTON, SAMUEL L. JACKSON  SO-SO
MADAGASCAR: ESCAPE 2 AFRICA CHRIS ROCK, JADA PINKETT SMITH, CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER, BERNIE MAC, SHERRI SHEPHERD,  WILL.I.AM (ALL VOICE)  OH YES!
MAD MONEY QUEEN LATIFAH    NO
MAX PAYNE LUDACRIS  NO
MEET DAVE EDDIE MURPHY, GABRIELLE UNION  NO
MEET THE BROWNS TYLER PERRY, ANGELA BASSETT, RICK FOX, LANCE GROSS  YES
MIRACLE AT ST. ANNA DEREK LUKE, MICHAEL EALY, KERRY WASHINGTON, OMAR BENSON MILLER, OMARI HARDWICK  YES
NEVER BACK DOWN DJIMON HOUSON  SO-SO
NIGHTS IN RODANTHE VIOLA DAVIS  YES
NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH ANGELA BASSETT  YES
PINEAPPLE EXPRESS CRAIG ROBINSON  ?
PROM NIGHT IDRIS ELBA  NO
QUANTUM OF SOLACE JEFFREY WRIGHT   YES
QUARANTINE COLUMBUS SHORT  NO
RACHEL GETTING MARRIED TUNDE ADEBIMPE  SO-SO
RED BELT CHIWETEL EJIOFOR  YES
RIGHTEOUS KILL CURTIS JACKSON  NO
ROCKNROLLA THANDIE NEWTON, IDRIS ELBA, LUDACRIS  SO-SO
RUN FATBOY RUN THANDIE NEWTON  NO
SEMI-PRO ANDRE BENJAMIN  NO
SEVEN POUNDS WILL SMITH, MICHAEL EALY  SO-SO
SEX AND THE CITY JENNIFER HUDSON  YES
SOUL MEN SAMUEL L. JACKSON, BERNIE MAC, ISAAC HAYES  YES
SPACE CHIMPS KENAN THOMPSON (VOICE)  NO
STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS SAMUEL L. JACKSON (VOICE) NO
STREET KINGS FOREST WHITAKER NO
SWING VOTE PAULA PATTON NO
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON TARAJI P. HENSON YES
THE AIR I BREATHE FOREST WHITAKER ?
THE DARK KNIGHT MORGAN FREEMAN  OH YES!
THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL JADEN SMITH SO-SO
THE EXPRESS ROB BROWN, CHARLES S. DUTTON YES
THE FAMILY THAT PREYS ALFRE WOODARD, SANAA LATHAN, ROBIN GIVENS, TARAJI P. HENSON, TYLER PERRY, ROCKMUND DUNBAR OH YES!
THE GUITAR ISAACH DE BANKOLE’ YES
THE LONGSHOTS ICE CUBE, KEKE PALMER, TASHA SMITH YES
THE LOVE GURU MEAGAN GOOD, TELMA HOPKINS, ROMANY MALCO NO
THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES QUEEN LATIFAH, ALICIA KEYS, JENNIFER HUDSON, SOPHIE OKONEDO NO
THE SPIRIT SAMUEL L. JACKSON NO
THE VISITOR DANAI GURIRA OH YES!
THE WACKNESS METHOD MAN UH, NO
THE WOMEN JADA PINKETT SMITH UH, NO
THE X-FILES: I WANT TO BELIEVE XZIBIT ?
TRAITOR DON CHEADLE YES
TROPIC THUNDER BRANDON T. JACKSON, ROBERT DOWNEY, JR. (IN BLACK FACE) OH YES!
VANTAGE POINT FOREST WHITAKER NO
W. JEFFREY WRIGHT, THANDIE NEWTON YES
WANTED MORGAN FREEMAN, COMMON SO-SO
WELCOME HOME ROSCOE JENKINS MARTIN LAWRENCE, MARGARET AVERY, JOY BRYANT, LOUIS C.K., MICHAEL CLARKE DUNCAN, MIKE EPPS, MO’NIQUE, NICOLE ARI PARKER,  CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER, JAMES EARL JONES  YES
ZACK AND MIRI MAKE A PORNO CRAIG ROBINSON YES

Let us know if we missed any or review the ones we didn’t…or the ones we did.

Speak your peace.



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