image004*In light of the success of black films lately and in particular, Nest Picture Oscar winner “12 Years A Slave,” Harvey Weinstein said the number of African-American films recently amounts to a “renaissance” propelled by an “Obama effect.”

“It’s overdue,” the Weinstein Co. co-chairman told TheWrap. “You have great black filmmakers like Lee Daniels, Ryan Coogler, Steve McQueen, and great actors like Idris (Elba) and Chiwetel (Ejiofor) and Naomie Harris. It’s a great moment.”

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Harvey Weinstein

Most people would have to take notice of the rise in African-American stories that are poised to dominate the serious movie season and the awards race that will follow.

That includes the brutal slave drama and Oscar winner “12 Years a Slave” directed by McQueen.

Is there something in the zeitgeist, TheWrap asked Weinstein, that is propelling these projects?

Weinstein wasn’t sure. But since his company was also behind such acclaimed and profitable hits as “Fruitvale” and “The Butler,” he’s the obvious person to ask.

“We didn’t do it because of a cultural shift, we did it because we believed that these kinds of stories – it was the right time,” he said.