If you haven’t felt the surge of black creativity in film and TV, you’re seriously missing something. The revolution is being televised, downloaded, recorded and streamed on screens big and small, and two of our biggest stars are happy to be a part of it. We chatted with Ride Along partners Ice Cube and Kevin Hart at the New York City premiere event, where they reflected on the recent success of black cinema.
“It’s beautiful,” Ice Cube said of the surge in black stories on-screen. “It’s great. I remember when only black directors only did ‘black’ films, and now we’re shooting all different kinds of movies. That just shows that our creativity and our perseverance, and the pioneers before us, from Sidney Poitier to Melvin Van Peebles, Spike Lee—it’s all paying off. They’re influential in what we’re doing today.”
“I don’t look at it as black films,” said Hart. “I look at it as good movies. I think right now, black actors are getting the opportunity to do better things, and at the end of the day, we just want to be people in the business of making great projects.”
As for Ride Along? We’ll go ahead and punch our ballots early for the Ice Cube-Hart comedy as one of the funniest movies of 2014. But we also wanted to take a look back at other hilarious buddy comedies, from Coming to America to White Chicks, and everything in between. Of course we had to give praise to Ice Cube’s legendary Friday, but what were some of Kevin Hart’s favorite comedies?
“Favorite funny movies? I’d probably say Ride Along. And after that I’d say Ride Along, and then … Ride Along, Ride Along and Ride Along. Those are my top five.”
We hear you, Kevin. Check out our list below.
1. Let’s Do It Again (1975)
Starring: Sidney Poitier, Bill Cosby
Fun fact: This classic flick isn’t just one of the best examples of black comedy at its finest; it’s also where rapper Biggie Smalls (better known as the Notorious B.I.G.) got his name.