Our Rating System Explained

Our goal at Any Black People In That? is to help our visitors decide whether or not to support a movie (or project) with their time and money. 

We will be the first to admit that our rating system is not an exact science. It might help to think of our ratings as letter grades:

Yes! = A

Yes = B

Yeah = C

Kind Of = D

No = F 

In rating a movie, we ask ourselves questions, such as:

Are there any Black people in front of and behind the camera? How many?

Are the Black actors critical players or only "sidekicks" to the "real" stars?

Are the Black actors realistic, positive and multi-dimensional characters or stereotypes?

Will this movie or project boost or hurt Black children's self-esteem?

Often, a movie's rating is obvious (Black Panther): there are Black people in front of and behind the camera, the Black actors are the stars, and they portrayed positively. Other times, it is not so simple to rate a movie. What kind of rating do you give a movie when there may be only one or two Black actors, but they are pivotal and critical to the story line? 

Any Black People In That? seeks diversity, inclusion and positive representation in entertainment, and we will share our opinion- both positive and negative- on whether or not we find it.  

What did Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart say about pornography?

"I know it when I see it."

Wondering how to earn a positive rating for your movie or project? Learn more...