In 2017, the world was introduced to the juggernaut comedy film Girls Trip. While the film went on to entertain the masses and introduce us to talent like Tiffany Haddish, the film also became a Black History first.
When Girls Trip reached the box office milestone of $100 million, it became the first film written, produced, directed and starring Black creators and actors to do so, as reported by Complex. Co-writer Tracy Oliver also became the first Black woman writer to have a film reach $100 million.
As we reported in 2017, Girls Trip was shot on location in New Orleans and on location at the Essence Festival, which brought with it a lot of logistical issues on top of all the normal movie shoot issues. The film’s director, Malcolm D. Lee, told us, “Logistically, it was very tough. There were extras. It was a live event. People who recognized the stars were screaming for them and wanting to take selfies and get autographs and get hugs and all kinds of stuff.”
On the characters, he added. “I want these characters to be relatable no matter how silly or crazy they get at the end of the day they are human beings. There’s a human connection there’s a vulnerability underneath Dina’s craziness there’s more going on than what’s on the surface.”
Girls Trip was one of several Black films that reached box office gold in the years to come. Films such as Black Panther, Get Out, Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Straight Outta Compton and others have shown how audiences love films by Black creators about Black stories.
With these films paving the way, the sky’s the limit as to how far Black creators can go.