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1995, 20th Century Fox, 124 min, USA, Dir: Forest Whitaker

The big screen adaptation of Terry McMillan’s best-selling novel follows four African-American women - played by Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine and Lela Rochon - whose friendship sustains them as they struggle with the men in their lives. A box office success and Image Award winner for Outstanding Motion Picture, WAITING TO EXHALE features a chart-topping soundtrack highlighted by Houston’s No.1 hit “Exhale (Shoop Shoop).”

1992, Warner Bros., 201 min, USA, Japan, Dir: Spike Lee

This sweeping biography of the famed African-American leader remains one of director Spike Lee’s greatest films. Denzel Washington earned an Oscar nomination for his riveting performance in the title role, rising from petty criminal to charismatic leader of the Nation of Islam before his assassination in 1965. Angela Bassett costars.

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