2019 Is A Year To Celebrate Black Filmmakers

Steve Pineda, Staff Writer

In an era where the film giants that come first to mind are the likes of Scorsese, Tarantino, and Kubrick, and so forth, black directors are left out of the spotlight despite their immense talent. During the last two years especially, they have garnered the attention they deserve, but certainly not from everyone. If you missed out on the last two years of great films, here are the most notable black directors that have triumphed to the top of Hollywood and hopefully will stay there as a hallmark of excellence.


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Jordan Peele at the Screen Actors Guild In Los Angeles

Jordan Peele: Originating from sketch comedy shows, Jordan Peele was one of the last people that everyone expected to make a well-renowned horror movie. Peele’s release of “Get Out” in 2017 was a cultural phenomenon, gaining likes from the masses as well as the critics. His accolades gained from “Get Out” turned Peele from one comedy’s best to one of the film industry’s best. Going into 2019, Peele plans to release another horror film titled “Us”, hopefully living up to the expectations of “Get Out.”

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Boots Riley

Boots Riley: Another unexpected person to create a feature film was Boots Riley, a rapper from the late 90s to mid-2000s era. Riley’s “Sorry to Bother You” released last year, garnered a cult following during its limited theatrical release. Although Riley did not necessarily gain as much recognition from award shows, it was hailed as the modern “Do the Right Thing”, a landmark in African American culture and film. There are currently no upcoming works from Riley, “Sorry to Bother You” gives his fans hope that more eye-opening films are to come.

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Spike Lee at the 2019 Oscars, winning best adapted screenplay

Spike Lee: When thinking of Black filmmakers, the first one to come to mind, and for a great reason, is Spike Lee. Spike Lee has been going at it for decades, starting his career as a director in the late 80s. Lee’s most prominent film of his career was “Do the Right Thing”, playing as a cultural icon that celebrated African American culture. Lee’s prominence has remained till even this day, most recently winning an Oscar for his film “BlacKkKlansman.” It is safe to say that Lee isn’t going anywhere if he could make films 30 years apart and have the quality not drop at all.