In New York City's Harlem circa 1987, an overweight, abused, illiterate teen who is pregnant with her second child is invited to enroll in an alternative school in hopes that her life can head in a new direction.
From the decade that witnessed 'Lord of the Rings - Return of the King' scoop up all its 11 academy award nominations, enjoyed our comprehensive selection of all Oscar Best Picture Nominees 2000 - 2009.
A list of movies following African-American youths as they come of age in an intolerant world, including such modern classic as 'Pariah' and 'Precious'. Also check out 'The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete' for a relatively unknown hidden-gem!
Modern independent dramas portraying the tumultuous transitions of adolescents into slightly older adolescents. Make sure to check out 'I Believe in Unicorns' for a great new film from director Leah Meyerhoff, depicting an imaginative teenage girl's attempt to grapple with the premature onset of adulthood's responsibilities.