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Akeelah and the Bee (2006)

Eleven year-old Akeelah Anderson's life is not easy: her father is dead, her mom ignores her, her brother runs with the local gangbangers. She's smart, but her environment threatens to strangle her aspirations. Responding to a threat by her school's principal, Akeelah participates in a spelling bee to avoid detention for her many absences. Much to her surprise and embarrassment, she wins. Her principal asks her to seek coaching from an English professor named Dr. Larabee for the more prestigious regional bee. As the possibility of making it all the way to the Scripps National Spelling Bee looms, Akeelah could provide her community with someone to rally around and be proud of -- but only if she can overcome her insecurities and her distracting home life. She also must get past Dr. Larabee's demons, and a field of more experienced and privileged fellow spellers.

The movie Akeelah and the Bee, released in 2006, features 15 songs from artists like Planet Asia, Stephanie Jones, Swollen Members and Loreal Palmer. What is your favorite song from Akeelah and the Bee?


Songs from Akeelah and the Bee

El indio y el vaquero
Francisco Javier Gonz?lez & Jos? Zu?iga
The Hustle Pt. III
Planet Asia
Day by Day
Stephanie Jones
Anthrax Island (2001)
Swollen Members
Not in Your Video
Loreal Palmer
Rubberband Man (1976)
The Spinners
Effervescent (1978)
Bootsy Collins
Respect (1965)
Aretha Franklin
Whatever It Takes
Lester Hayes (2004)
Lateef Dumont (as Lateef) & Chief Xcel (as The Chief)
Wake Up Everybody (1975)
Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes (as Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes)
Ben Harper
Definition of Love
Deborah Cox
Let Your Baby Go
Erica Rivera
Proud (2000)
Heather Small

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