Ever since I was a young girl, I've been a fan of the Old Hollywood era, but I didn't know as much about it as I thought I did. It took me coming to college to discover all the amazing People of Color who made contributions to American Cinema. Yes, I knew about Sidney Poitier and Harry Belafonte; Dorothy Dandridge and Lena Horne--but I didn't know about Nina Mae McKinney or Keye Luke--Theresa Harris or Anna May Wong. I didn't know about "race movies" and at that time, I probably wouldn't have believed you if you told me there were actually black filmmakers in the early years of American Film.
|Filmmaker Oscar Micheaux|
Unfortunately, this is the case for a lot of us, I think.
With this blog, I aim to 1. inform others of the great performers and artists who have made contributions to film/television and 2. Inform myself!
I want people of all ages, all races--from whatever backgrounds and past experiences--to know the names of Theresa Harris and Oscar Micheaux; Lorenzo Tucker and Keye Luke. These people and others like them have made so many contributions to Cinema, yet their names receive little mention in most classic film discussion.
|Actress Nina Mae McKinney|
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