There is a beauty in that predestined moment when a song comes on the radio that feels like it was written for you and your friends, and you all begin singing the words together in unison without hesitation. There's an excitement found in the freedom of driving on the highway with the windows down after school lets out, just as there is magic in falling asleep in an Uber and not waking up until your friend is shaking you because you've arrived at your destination. There's a relief in passing final exams and sneaking home without getting caught after a late night hanging out in a parking lot or your friend's parent's basement. There's a tremendous power in not only believing, but also knowing, that you are more than your hometown suggests and the day to explore beyond its familiar borders is finally drawing near.
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Too often these days, black girls and teens are often overlooked in pop culture. But times were different when I was a kid in the s and s. Black girls had a multitude of coming-of-age television series and films that spoke to our experiences. Seeing black female protagonists depicted on these shows helped me navigate childhood and the complications of being a teenager. It was also a golden age for depictions of young black women in movies.
The IMDb editors have selected the films they're most excited to see in Have you added these movies to your Watchlist? Browse our picks. See the full gallery. A documentary on seniors at a high school in a small Indiana town and their various cliques.