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Black films are dope.

Two films on our summer watch list are Dope and Straight Outta Compton. While some celebrities go to social media and news outlets to voice their concerns, these filmmakers are letting their art do the talking. Dope is in theaters now, and director Rick Famuyiwa (Brown Sugar, The Wood) promises that it will bust stereotypes of black masculinity. While trailers are often deceiving, the Straight Outta Compton trailer gives us a timely look at the revolutionary spirit of N.W.A. and serves as an interesting counterpoint to last year’s Selma. On August 14th, we’ll see if director F. Gary Gray’s (Friday, Set It Off) vision offers well rounded insight to the role of hip hop’s revolutionary nature in organizing the masses. Speaking of west coast revolutionary rappers and black masculinity, check out director Ernest Dickerson recounting the story of casting Tupac in Juice.