9. Ray (Hit the Road, Jack): When Margie Hendricks of the Raelettes (Regina King) tells Ray Charles she’s pregnant with his baby, it should have been a happy moment. It would have been if Ray didn’t already have a wife (Kerry Washington) and family waiting for him at home. So when Charles didn’t take the news as she had hoped, she went off on him as he sat at his famous piano, inspiring one of his most popular songs to date, “Hit the Road, Jack.”
8. Why Do Fools Fall in Love?: Ladies, if your man has you on the streets hooking to pay the rent like Elizabeth “Mickey” Waters had to do to keep a roof over hers and late singer Frankie Lymon’s head, you know there is something wrong in your relationship. AND he drops your dog out the window? It’s time for him to go.
6. The Color Purple: Just how much heartbreak can one woman take? Ask Celie (Whoopi Goldberg), the woeful and abused wife of tyrant Albert (Danny Glover) who seemed destined to spend the rest of her life as a victim. We all cheered when she found the courage to stand up to him, leaving him for the first time speechless in the movie’s pivotal dinner table scene.
5. Something New: We thought Kenya (Sanaa Lathan) and her pale boo Brian (Simon Baker) had it going on in this movie, until he said one thing out of pocket, on the wrong day. Their argument in the grocery store about office politics between blacks and whites was one of the most honest scenes in recent romantic movies.
This post was originally published by The Urban Daily.