1991 will go down in movie history as the year African-American films finally came into their own. Buoyed by Spike Lee's success, studios and investors embraced young black male
filmmakers, and the predominance of a paternalistic, condescending, white view of black life seems to be
ebbing. Of course, not every young black filmmaker is Spike Lee. The year's output has varied tremendously, both in quality and in popularity.
One of the bigger-budgeted films, Mario Van Peebles's NEW JACK CITY, attracted lots of publicity upon release due to rioting at theatres where it screened. This gave the movie an aura of provocativeness that the publicists could never h...