Rick Famuyiwa, the writer and director of The Wood and Brown Sugar, is back with what’s sure to look like a hit among Black audiences. Both of Famuyiwa’s previous movies are two of my all time favorites, so I’m definitely looking forward to Dope.
Dope is a coming-of-age comedy that tells the story of Malcolm (Shameik Moore), a teenager who is clearly obsessed with everything about the ’90s, but lives in present day Inglewood. Some how Malcolm he gets caught up in a drug dealer’s ring and the story unravels from there. Dope also stars Kimberly Elise, Zoë Kravitz, Chanel Iman, Keith Stanfield, Blake Anderson and A$AP Rocky.
It’s definitely been a while since there has been a coming of age move for a young Black audience. There’s been several Black relationship movies like Why Did I Get Married I & II, but never really anything directed towards teens.
The Wood, which I probably watch about 3 times a year, is one of the few movies I can think of off the top of my head that was able to infuse comedy and romance for a younger Black audience.
Clutchettes, what are some of your favorite Black movies?