Black Independent Films Of The 21st Century

Friday, April 29 by T. Cousin

Check the following list for some great black independent films of the 21st Century that you may have overlooked. Independent movie are always produced without financing from any of the "six major studios." The six major Hollywood film studios are Warner Bros. Pictures, Paramount Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Walt Disney Pictures/Touchstone, Columbia Pictures, and Universal Pictures. Here is a list of black independently produced movies of this century that you should see.

  1.  "Antwone Fisher". This independent autobiographical film was Denzel Washington's directorial debut, it was partially produced by his production company, Mundy Lane Entertainment. Antwone (Derek Luke), was raised in foster care and is now a U.S. Navy sailor who constantly gets into fights because of his bad attitude. Antwone is sent to a Navy psychiatrist as a result of frequent fighting where he is able to confront some dark secrets in his past. After opening up and making progress with the help of the psychiatrist (Denzel Washington), the "new" Antwone begins a journey to find the family he never knew. 
  2. "Color of the Cross". This is actor/independent movie producer Jean-Claude La Marre's interpretation of the last 48hrs of the life of Jesus Christ. La Mare explores the possibility of Christ having been a black African and that his crucifixion may have been racially and politically motivated. The film challenges its audience to question traditional beliefs about the story of Jesus Christ. La Marre's story is heavily focused on the mentality of the Romans who occupied Judea, Christ's relationship with his disciples, as well as Mary and Joseph's reaction to Jesus' persecution.
  3. "Tyler Perry's Daddy's Little Girls". This family/romantic comedy film was written, directed and produced by independent filmmaker Tyler Perry. It is the story of the trials and tribulations of Monty (Edris Elba), a poor blue collar worker who loses custody of his three young daughters to his drug dealing ex-wife. Desperate to get his girls back, Monty hires a beautiful lawyer, Julia (Gabriella Union) to help him. Along the way Monty and Julia fall in love but their relationship is tested because of their very different social and money statuses. But the two work together to win the girls back and keep their relationship in the end.
  4. "Next Day Air". This independent screwball comedy centers on ten kilos of top grade cocaine that ends up in the wrong hands. Bodego Diablo (Emilio Rivera) is missing a large shipment of cocaine and he will stop at nothing to get it back. It seems that the cocaine has been delivered to the wrong apartment, the home of two very broke friends played by Mike Epps and Wood Harris. Brody (Epps) and Guch (Woods) are already making plans to spend the money they plan to make from the coke when the delivery man played by Donald Faison is forced back to the apartment at gunpoint by Bodego and his goons for a showdown to get his ten kilos back. 
  5. "Miracle at St. Anna". This WWII film follows an incident involving the all black 92nd "Buffalo Soldier" Infantry Division. Independent filmmaker Spike Lee produced an directed this adaptation of James McBride's novel. Three soldiers who while behind enemy lines try to hold off advancing Nazis in an Italian town of resistors. But instead of receiving backup, they are given orders to capture a German soldier so that he can be interrogated. All but one of the Black soldier was killed when the Germans too the town over.
  6. "Precious: Based on the novel "Push" by Sapphire". Precious was the winner of two Academy Awards, best supporting actress (Monique) and best adapted screenplay (Geoffrey Fletcher). Directed by Lee Daniels, Precious is the story of a sixteen year old physically and emotionally abused girl who is illiterate and pregnant with her second child. After all that Precious has been through, she with the help of a few caring adults puts her past behind herself in order to get an education and make a better life for her children.

 Note: You can find each one of these black independent films of the 21st Century on DVD for your enjoyment.

-Tyrone Cousin

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  1. April 29, 2011 4:22 pm


    Another great article, a must read, especially for Hollywood Types. Spike Lee’s “Miracle at St. Anna” did not have the major Hollywood support the movie should of had. Self evident, look to the producers on who support this great movie, pure Italian +- 1 or 2. A Hollywood film ‘has’ to make back its initial investment first weekend. Miracle at St. Anna made 1/4 of its original investment first weekend. Black people for the most part, didn’t support this movie…

    The ‘Mien Kampf’ machine is working…Black/Americans can’t be anything else other than a buffoon…

    As in Bob Marley’s song, “Buffalo Soldiers”, the verse goes:
    “If you know your history,
    Then you would know where you coming from,
    Then you wouldn’t have to ask me,
    Who the ‘eck do you think I am.”

    How are a people kept down? ‘Never know’ their history.

    “If a race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated.”
    Dr. Carter G. Woodson 1875 – 1950

    “A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.”
    Marcus Garvey 1887-1940

    “A tree without roots can bare no fruit, it will die.”
    Erich Martin Hicks 1952 – Present

    Therefore, keep history alive by telling that history:

    Read the greatest untold fictionalized ‘historical novel’, Rescue at Pine Ridge, the first generation of Buffalo Soldiers. The website is: The greatest story of Black Military History…5 stars Amazon, and Barnes & Noble. Youtube commercial:…

    Rescue at Pine Ridge is the story of the rescue of the famed 7th Cavalry by the 9th Cavalry Buffalo Soldiers. The 7th Cavalry was entrapped again after the Little Big Horn Massacre, fourteen years later, the day after the Wounded Knee Massacre. If it wasn’t for the 9th Cavalry Buffalo Soldiers, there would of been a second massacre of the 7th Cavalry. This story is about, brutality, compassion, reprisal, bravery, heroism and gallantry.

    You’ll enjoy the novel that embodies the Native Americans, Outlaws and African-American/Black soldiers, from the south to the north, in the days of the Native American Wars with the approaching United States of America.

    The novel was taken from my mini-series movie with the same title, “RaPR” to keep the story alive. The movie so far has attached, Bill Duke directing, Hill Harper, Glynn Turman, James Whitmore Jr. and a host of other major actors in which we are in talks with.

    When you get a chance, also please visit our Alpha Wolf Production website at; and see our other productions, like Stagecoach Mary, the first Black Woman to deliver mail for the US Postal System in Montana, in the 1890’s, “spread the word”.


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