1992: It was an Iconic Year for Film

Whitney Houston in The Bodyguard

Whitney Houston in The Bodyguard

It was a great year. The year of our Lord, 1992. The Redskin’s (my home team) won the Super Bowl, Jodeci’s “Come and Talk to Me” was Billboard’s Song of the Year, and yours truly was born on June 15. There’s also a forgotten fact that Nickelodeon buried a time capsule in 1992 with items like a Game Boy, Reebok Pump shoes, Twinkies, Home Alone on VHS, and Gak, which will is set to open in 2042. 

My favorite number is 27; So as I approach 27 in 2019, I thought it be appropriate to highlight some of the films by black artists that changed the course of culture, in no particular order.

The Bodyguard

Director: Mick Jackson

Cast: Kevin Costner, Whitney Houston

Pop diva Rachel Marron (Whitney Houston) has a stalker whose obsession has risen to the level of disturbing threats. At the urging of her manager (Gary Kemp), Rachel hires former secret service agent Frank Farmer (Kevin Costner) as her bodyguard. Initially resented and treated with disdain for his hard-nosed security procedures, Farmer soon becomes an integral part of Rachel's inner circle. As they spend more time together, client and protector become closer.

Malcom X

Director: Spike Lee

Cast: Denzel Washington, Angela Bassett, Spike Lee

A tribute to Malcolm X, the activist and leader of the struggle for black liberation. He hit bottom during his imprisonment in the '50s, he became a Black Muslim and then a leader in the Nation of Islam. His assassination in 1965 left a legacy of self-determination and racial pride.

Sister Act

Director: Emile Ardolino

Cast: Whoopi Goldberg, Bill Nunn

When lively lounge singer Deloris Van Cartier (Whoopi Goldberg) sees her mobster beau, Vince LaRocca (Harvey Keitel), commit murder, she is relocated for her protection. Set up in the guise of a nun in a California convent, Deloris proceeds to upend the quiet lives of the resident sisters. In an effort to keep her out of trouble, they assign Deloris to the convent's choir, an ensemble that she soon turns into a vibrant and soulful act that gains widespread attention. (This isn’t the one with Lauryn Hill)

White Men Cant Jump

Director: Ron Shelton

Cast: Wesley Snipes, Woody Harrelson, Rosie Perez

Billy Hoyle (Woody Harrelson) is a white basketball hustler who banks on black players underestimating his skills on the court. When he pulls one over on Sidney Deane (Wesley Snipes), his victim sees a lucrative opportunity, and they become partners in the con game, plying their trade across the courts of Los Angeles. Meanwhile, Billy has to keep one step ahead of mobsters, to whom he owes money, while staying on the good side of his "Jeopardy!"-obsessed, motormouth wife (Rosie Perez).

Boomerang

Director: Reginald Hudlin

Cast: Eddie Murphy, Robin Givens, Halle Berry, David Allen Grier, Martin Lawrence, Grace Jones, Eartha Kitt, Chris Rock, Tisha Campbell- Martin, John Witherspoon

A cocky ad executive, Marcus (Eddie Murphy) has a reputation as a ladies' man. However, Marcus gets a taste of his own medicine when a merger finds him working under the beautiful Jacqueline (Robin Givens), who has a similarly cavalier attitude about romance. Marcus and Jacqueline become involved, but he is put off by her noncommittal approach to their relationship. Meanwhile, Marcus also begins to develop feelings for the pretty Angela (Halle Berry), who is more thoughtful than Jacqueline.

Juice

Director: Ernest Dickerson

Cast: Omar Epps, Tupac Shakur, Jermaine Hopkins, Khalil Kain, Samuel L Jackson, Queen Latifah

Four Harlem friends -- Bishop (Tupac Shakur), Q (Omar Epps), Steel (Jermaine Hopkins) and Raheem (Khalil Kain) -- dabble in petty crime, but they decide to go big by knocking off a convenience store. Bishop, the magnetic leader of the group, has the gun. But Q has different aspirations. He wants to be a DJ and happens to have a gig the night of the robbery. Unfortunately for him, Bishop isn't willing to take no for answer in a game where everything's for keeps.

Bebe’s Kids

Director: Bruce Smith

Cast: Faizon Love, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Marques Houston, John Witherspoon, George Wallace

In this animated depiction of a calamitous first date, Robin Harris (Faizon Love) hits it off with the gorgeous Jamika (Vanessa Bell Calloway), whom he meets at her boss' funeral. On the ride back, Harris is introduced to her well-behaved son (Wayne Collins), and asked if he wants to go with them to the amusement park the next day. Harris accepts, and arrives to find three more children joining them. Jamika is watching her friend Bebe's kids -- which is the beginning of Harris' problems.