Akeelah and the Bee also has a profound social implication. "I don't know the last time there was a movie that the lead of the movie was an African-American female," Laurence says. "A film that features an African-American female in the lead I think is a very important and significant thing."
There are even more elements to the film that make the cast proud. "It's also about the community that rallies around Akeelah," Angela says.
Laurence highlights that Akeelah and the Bee "reflects the [African-American] community in a positive way that doesn't deal with the negative stereotypes."
"I'm just so thrilled it's not about a pimp or a ho or a rapper," Oprah says. "I just love it."