How many black Hollywood directors can you name?
Albert and Allen Hughes were born nine minutes apart in Detroit, Michigan. Their mother gave them their first video camera at age 12.
The Hughes Brothers are not necessarily noteworthy because they broke through barriers in Hollywood but because of how quickly they did it. The brothers’ most famous film, Menace II Society, premiered in 1993. The Hughes Brothers co-wrote and directed the film. The movie was made for $3.5 million and grossed around $28 million. They were nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. At the time, they were twenty years old.
In 2010, the Hughes brothers came surging back with the Denzel Washington-led Book of Eli. The movie was made for $80 million and grossed close to $160 million.
Recently, Allen Hughes has taken to directing some movies by himself. Let’s hope that this doesn’t signal the end of the brothers’ collaborations.
Why you should know about them:Very few Hollywood directors are black. Very few are twenty years old. The Hughes brothers had runaway success, and they just so happened to be both young and black. Plus, their movies are pretty great.
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