The 2017 Black Girl's Guide To Summer Movies

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The quintessential movie for Black girls hasn't even been made yet. It's obviously the upcoming film with Lupita Nyong'o and Rihanna. I'm prepared to argue about this. Alas, we have at least a year's worth of anticipation before Issa Rae and Ava DuVernay's perfect creation is complete. We will have to patiently wait to gather our squads around a Netflix subscription and bask in its glory.
But it's already summer, and we having viewing needs in the here and now. Fortunately, Hollywood is coming through with some promising options for the coming months. At least one of these films includes Idris Elba, which is always a win. I'm also prepared to argue about that.
I’ve rounded up some of the summer flicks that Black girls are likely to love. And for those of you who might want to avoid the theater crowds — and the harsh air conditioning and sticky floors — I’ve also included a couple of DVD or streaming options for a perfect night in.
This is the Black girl’s’ guide to summer movies.
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Girls Trip (July 21, 2017)
The trailer for this movie has a lot going on. The cast is phenomenal: Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Regina Hall, and The Carmichael Show’s Tiffany Haddish. It looks like it’s filled with the kind of carefree Black girl humor about sexuality that immediately captures my attention. However, because it’s about group of women on a trip, it could go horribly wrong and venture into corny territory really quickly. If all of them end up with a male love interest at the end, I’m going to puke. But it’s still mandatory viewing because Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Regina Hall, and The Carmichael Show’s Tiffany Haddish. Duh.
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She’s Gotta Have It (1986)
I included this throwback Spike Lee joint because Nola Darling is the Black feminist protagonist we all need. It was Lee’s first feature film, and he recently teamed up with Netflix to make it into a series.
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Get Out (2017)
Admit it, all the head-shaking you did while watching a Black man follow a white woman into mortally dangerous territory was immensely satisfying.
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Set It Off (1996)
This classic movie about a group of Black female bank robbers never gets old. Also, Queen Latifah in all of her masculine-of-center bae-ness. *Swoons*
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Wonder Woman (2017)
Yes, you should see it, too. It’s about how women are basically better than men.
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All Eyez On Me (June 16, 2017)
If you are ready to relive the life and death of Tupac Shakur — and I’m not sure that I am — you only have to wait another week. Legendary music video producer Benny Boom is bringing the story to life, and found a perfect look-alike to play the late rapper as well.
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Everything, Everything (2017)
It might be a little cheesy, but Amandla Stenberg nails this role as Amanda. And Stenberg had a good reason for doing it, because we so rarely see Black girls as the lead love interest in teen movies. #ForTheCulture
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The Dark Tower (August 4, 2017)
If the thought of Idris Elba vs. Matthew McConaughey doesn't make you feel some type of way, then you don’t deserve to see this film. Elba plays a gunslinger trying to save the world with the help of a young boy, and McConaughey is his formidable foe. Hopefully you look past the fact that it is a sci-fi/Western mashup.
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No Good Deed (2014)
I know what you’re thinking: that I also added this movie to the list because of Idris Elba. That’s only partially true. Ironically, watching Taraji P. Henson kill him is even more satisfying. Also, it was the first successful Black thriller worth watching.
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Kidnap (August 4, 2017)
Halle Berry is trying to hunt down the person who kidnapped her kids in this action-thriller. Do not let the suburban soccer mom minivan or haircut fool you. She is not playing any games.
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Detroit (August 4, 2017)
Want to get inspired to rage against the machine? Or maybe just get your blood boiling? This drama is based on a very real tragedy: the Algiers Motel Incident. In 1967 Detroit police killed three people and tortured nine others in a failed and misplaced attempt at uncovering an active sniper during the 12th Street riot.