1. Dr. Maya Angelou: “Down In The Delta”

2. Steve McQueen: “12 Years A Slave”

3. Bishop T.D. Jakes: “Jumping The Broom”, “Heaven Is For Real” and more

4. Mara Brock Akil: “Being Mary Jane”, “Girlfriends”, “The Game” and more

5. Shonda Rhimes: Scandal

6. Debbie Allen

7. Ryan Coogler: “Fruitvale Station”

8. Gina Prince-Bythewood: “Love & Basketball”, “Disappearing Acts” and more

9. F. Gary Gray: “Friday”, “Set It Off” and more

10. Spike Lee: “Do the Right Thing”, “School Daze”, and much more

11. Ava Duvernay: “Middle of Nowhere” and more

12. Reginald Hudlin: “Boomerang”, “House Party” and more

13. Tyler Perry: “Good Deeds”, the “Madea” films and much more

14. John Singleton: “Boyz in the Hood”, “Baby Boy” and more

15. Antoine Fuqua: “Training Day” and more

16. Malcolm D. Lee: “The Best Man”, “the Best Man Holiday” and more

17. Kasi Lemmons: “Eve’s Bayou”, “Black Nativity” and more

18. Keenan Ivory Wayans: “Scary Movie” and more

19. Lee Daniels: “Lee Daniels’ The Butler”, “Precious” and more

20. Tim Story: “Think Like a Man”, “Fantastic Four” and more

21. Forest Whitaker: “Waiting to Exhale”, “Hope Floats” and more

22. Patrick Ramsey: “Rise of the Guardians” and more

23. Mario Van Peebles: “New Jack City” and more

24. Robert Townsend: “Hollywood Shuffle”, “The Five Heartbeats” and more

25. Denzel Washington: “Antwone Fisher” and “The Great Debaters”