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Joe Torry in Poetic Justice

Poetic Justice

1993 R

Pop superstar Janet Jackson makes her big-screen debut in this sensitive urban drama. Justice (Jackson) sacrifices her dream of attending college and becomes a cosmetologist after her boyfriend gets brutally murdered in South Central Los Angeles. To cope with her loss, Justice turns to writing poetry. Maya Angelou, who shows up in a small role, penned the verse for director John Singleton's absorbing film, which costars rapper Tupac Shakur.

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