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Remember when Hollywood used to care about the black college experience? We do. In fact, there used to be many films that detailed the lives of black college students, films that made you think and others that made you want to get up and clap. In these films, we weren’t just the “best friend” or “sidekick” of a white character. We had our own stories.

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As many of us begin to collect their diplomas this month, we look back at some of the great films that honored that time in our lives filled with tests, parties and melodrama:

5. Drumline (2002): Whoever says that music isn’t an important part of a good education doesn’t know what they’re talking about. Nick Cannon’s breakout performance as Devon, a young Harlem drummer who gets the chance of a lifetime to be a part of an Atlanta college band is as inspiring as it is entertaining. Zoe Saldana and Orlando Jones as the inspiring band leader rounds out an impressive cast in this unforgettable film that proves great music is much more than a catchy beat.

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