The latest Dope Black Movies celebrates legendary comedian Dave Chappelle’s 2006 concert movie, Dave Chappelle’s Block Party.

Directed by visionary French director Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), Block Party was inspired by Mel Stuart’s 1973 concert film, Wattstax. Much like Wattstax, Block Party is a feel-good concert doc comprised of hilarious comedy and outstanding live performances.

Block Party is the ultimate black feel-good movie and a must-watch for Chappelle fans as well as anyone who loves old-school hip hop and soulful R&B.

Hosted by comedy rock star Dave Chappelle, Block Party also stars many of the hip hop community’s most talented and influential acts such as Erykah Badu, Yasiin Bey (as Mos Def), Talib Kweli, Lauryn Hill, Big Daddy Kane, Bilal, John Legend, Dead Prez, Questlove, Kool G. Rap, The Roots, Jill Scott, The Fugees, and Kanye West.

Dave Chappelle’s Block Party Soundtrack:
Hip Hop – Dead Prez
Definition – Blackstar
Golden – Jill Scott
Universal Magnetic – Mos Def
The Blast – Talib Kweli
The Light – Common
Boom – The Roots
Back in the Day – Erykah Badu
The Way – Jill Scott
Umi Says – Mos Def
You Got Me – The Roots
Born & Raised Blackstar

Dave Chappelle’s Block Party synopsis:
Celebrate with Dave Chappelle in this uncut, unforgettable and unbelievably hilarious full-length movie about throwing the ultimate block party. Join Dave as he travels through the heartland and makes a special stop in his hometown to pass out invitations to attend the event of the decade. It’s a front-row seat for outrageous laughs with music from today’s hottest artists. Be a part of what Dave Chappelle calls “the best single day of my career.”

TIMECODES
0:00 EPISODE INTRO
0:34 BACKGROUND ON DAVE CHAPPELLE’S BLOCK PARTY
1:14 DAVE CHAPPELLE’S BLOCK PARTY PREMISE
1:45 WHY THE MOVIE WORKS SO WELL
2:10 ABOUT MICHEL GONDRY
3:12 CHAPPELLE’S SHOW’S MUSICAL LEGACY
3:53 DAVE CHAPPELLE’S BLOCK PARTY LINEUP
4:45 THE NEO-SOUL COLLECTIVE REUNITED
6:00 THE PERFECT VIBE MOVIE
6:45 WHAT SETS DAVE CHAPPELLE APART
7:20 DAVE CHAPPELLE’S BLOCK PARTY IS THE ULTIMATE BLACK FEEL-GOOD MOVIE
8:20 DOPE BLACK MOVIES RECOMMENDS: WATTSTAX
9:00 THANKS FOR WATCHING

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Movie clips used:
12 Years a Slave – Fox Searchlight Pictures
Human Behavior by Björk – One Little Indian Records/Elektra Records
Around the World by Daft Punk – Virgin Records and Soma Quality Recordings
Chappelle’s Show – Comedy Central Productions
Dave Chappelle’s Block Party – Rogue Pictures
Voltron: Legendary Defender – Netflix/DreamWorks Animation Television
Wattstax – Columbia Pictures

Photos used:
Chappelle’s Show – Comedy Central Productions
Let’s Get Free by Dead Prez – Loud
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – Focus Features
The Score by The Fugees – Ruffhouse Records/Columbia Records
Kendrick Lamar at Øyafestivalen 2013 – Credit: Jørund Føreland Pedersen, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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