Movies with Inspiring Role Models for African American Girls

Although there's some progress in Hollywood toward diversity in films, it's not enough. Fortunately, there are movies with inspiring African American role models who positively affect girls' ideas of their self-worth. From Tiana, the first African American Disney princess, to Misty Copeland, the first African American principal dancer at the American Ballet Theater, the hardworking heroines in these films overcome adversity to accomplish their goals. Some of these top-rated titles might need more parental input when tough topics such as racism and slavery come up. However, these movies ultimately provide girls with messages of strength and perseverance.

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Dancing in the Light: The Janet Collins Story Movie Poster Image
Inspirational animated tale of famous black ballerina soars.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella Movie Poster Image
Multi-ethnic cast modernizes classic fairy tale.
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(Release Year: 1997)
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First African-American Disney princess is a good role model.
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(Release Year: 2009)
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Inspiring drama about a champion speller; OK for tweens.
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(Release Year: 2006)
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Positive messages throughout tween-friendly animal comedy.
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(Release Year: 2006)
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Jazzy, family-friendly musical remake of classic film.
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(Release Year: 1978)
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Engrossing dance docu introduces powerful role model.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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Inspiring true story of African-American women at NASA.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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Moving tribute to two civil rights widows' legacies.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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The Gabby Douglas Story Movie Poster Image
Strong positive messages in otherwise rote athlete biopic.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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Poignant, thought-provoking civil rights tale.
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(Release Year: 2011)
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Riveting docu may inspire discussion of sexual harassment.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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Dreamgirls Movie Poster Image
Broadway + Beyoncé = big, boomy musical fun.
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(Release Year: 2006)
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Thoughtful, beautifully made drama with no easy answers.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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Classic based on the Pulitzer prize-winning play.
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(Release Year: 1961)
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1960s-set family drama tackles weighty issues.
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(Release Year: 2008)
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Devastatingly moving drama has harsh truths, whimsy, wisdom.
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(Release Year: 2012)
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Powerful tale of survival with wrenching scenes of abuse.
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(Release Year: 1986)
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Good romance, but strong sexuality for a PG-13.
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(Release Year: 2000)
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Introducing Dorothy Dandridge Movie Poster Image
Rise and fall of talented star documents racism, sexuality.
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(Release Year: 1999)
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Honest, positive look at urban teens; mature themes.
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(Release Year: 2001)
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Inspirational yet troubling, edgy doc about female boxer.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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Smart, sad, empowering film about a teen coming out.
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(Release Year: 2011)
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Powerful, painful account of Harlem teen's hard-luck life.
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(Release Year: 2009)
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