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13 Black-Led DCOMs You Haven't Heard About In Ages

Disney Channel Original Movies were seriously underrated.

If you grew up in the '90s and early aughts, chances are you have a favorite DCOM.

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DCOMs (Disney Channel Original Movies) often featured Disney talent in stand-alone films that were definitely made-for-tv but also a lot of fun and very catered to their audience.

Some of the best Disney movies featured diverse casts, like these 13 Black-led DCOMs.

1. Let It Shine

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Tyler James Williams shines in this early role, where he plays a shy guy with a musical alter ego who crafts sweet rhymes for a special someone in his life. It combines hip-hop and gospel in a fun story that's loosely based on Cyrano de Bergerac.

2. The Proud Family Movie

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The Proud Family was a huge win for Disney, but do you remember the movie? A lot of people overlook this awesome tale where the family takes their whacky antics on the road after winning an all-inclusive vacation. What's supposed to be a relaxing getaway gets turned up to a whole other level when a mad scientist kidnaps the whole family.

3. Hounded

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A hilarious film about a boy whose simply trying to keep his eyes on the prize — a scholarship to a school where he wants to study art — when he falls into a chaotic feud with the headmaster's son. The alternative? Military school and continuing a family legacy he doesn't want to be a part of.

4. Twitches

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Twitches was a major moment, amassing over 20 million viewers in the first week it was released in 2005. The twins are witches that are fighting against forces of evil and have to figure out how to use their powers to preserve the good — shortly after finding out they exist in the first place.

5. Twitches Too

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The twins find themselves teaming up again in the sequel, where they go on a journey to find their father, who they once believed to be dead and learned may be alive after all. 

6. Jett Jackson: The Movie

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Jett Jackson needed a DCOM after the success of the series, and this one gives a topsy-turvy look at what happens when fiction and reality bend in unexpected ways.

7. The Cheetah Girls

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There's nothing quite like a good girl-power flick, and The Cheetah Girls are one of the best to do it. This group of New York girls just want to have fun and hit it big, following their dreams through a zany adventure.

8. The Cheetah Girls 2

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And it only gets crazier in the second movie, when the group hits Barcelona. It's energetic with more catchy tunes and fun for keeping the positive vibes going.

9. The Color of Friendship

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The Color of Friendship brings together two girls who seem worlds apart —  of different races, from different countries, and growing up in very different circumstances. Once they get past their assumptions of one another, they learn they've got more in common than they think.

10. Up, Up And Away

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Scott Marshall is from a family of superheroes and is eager to get started on his own adventures, but at almost 14, he's worried he may never get the chance. Then, a bad guy presents a challenge, leaving Marshall feeling useless but not stopping him from getting involved to try to save his friends from being brainwashed.

11. Jump In!

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Izzy Daniels is on the path to becoming a boxing pro, just like his dad, when he discovers the world of double dutch. He's ready to change his plans, but it won't be that easy when he's facing disappointing a lot of people in the process.

12. Full-Court Miracle

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Full-Court Miracle is based on the true story of Lamont Carr, a Black coach who was the first student-athlete to graduate from the University of Virginia, as he happened upon the downtrodden team at a Hebrew academy and helped them develop a winning spirit while they learned some lessons about the similarities they all shared.

13. Zapped

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We love Zendaya, even in her syrupy sweet but awkward Disney years. This fun flick gives her a remote control to the men in her life, courtesy of a smartphone app gone wrong.

Which of these DCOMs was your favorite? Debate in the comments!