Black&Sexy TV Celebrates the Greatest of All Time in Black Cinema During the Oscars

Here’s a list of the biggest, blackest winners!

Collage of Purple Rain and Waiting to Exhale
Collage of Purple Rain and Waiting to Exhale Screenshot

We don’t need them to celebrate us. We can do it ourselves.

During the Oscars, the amazingly talented YouTube collective Black&Sexy TV (founded by The Root 100 2015 honorees Dennis Dortch and Numa Perrier) celebrated the best and the brightest stars in black cinema with debates about the greatest of all time.

After Chris Rock’s opening monologue, Black&Sexy TV took to its YouTube page and The Root’s Periscope to battle it out in order to pick the greatest in black cinema.

Black&Sexy TV stars Courtney Burrell and Javicia Leslie hosted the epic event, encouraging the battlers to go in as they defended their film or performance, and they definitely did!

Twelve rounds of battle determined, once and for all, which movie or performance was the best. Some of the rounds were way more heated than others, leaving classics like Menace II Society, Love Jones and The Five Heartbeats on the boxing-ring floor.

It was certainly a night to remember as we all watched live on The Root’s Periscope and Black&Sexy’s YouTube Livestream and reminisced about movies like The Last Dragon and Do the Right Thing, as well as performances like Denzel Washington’s in The Hurricane and Angela Bassett’s as Tina Turner in What’s Love Got to Do With It. It felt like family.

Watch the debates on The Root’s Periscope (before it disappears!).

And the best thing about it? The winners are all black. And of course, Malcolm X took home the most wins.

Check out the big winners from each battle round (winners in bold).

Round 1
Love Jones
vs. Love and Basketball