Encyclopedia of African American Actresses in Film and TelevisionEncyclopedia of African American Actresses in Film and Television



The first work of its kind, this encyclopedia provides 360 brief biographies of African American film and television actresses from the silent era to 2009.

Author: Bob McCann

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786458042

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The first work of its kind, this encyclopedia provides 360 brief biographies of African American film and television actresses from the silent era to 2009. It includes entries on well-known and nearly forgotten actresses, running the gamut from Academy Award and NAACP Image Award winners to B–film and blaxpoitation era stars. Each entry has a complete filmography of the actress’s film, TV, music video or short film credits. The work also features more than 170 photographs, some of them rare images from the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

African American ActressesAfrican American Actresses



Nine actresses, from Madame Sul-Te-Wan in Birth of a Nation (1915) to Ethel Waters in Member of the Wedding (1952), are profiled in African American Actresses.

Author: Charlene B. Regester

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253221926

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Page: 405

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Nine actresses, from Madame Sul-Te-Wan in 'Birth of a Nation' to Ethel Waters in 'Member of the Wedding', are profiled in this book. Regester poses questions about prevailing racial politics, on-screen and off-screen identities, and African American stardom and white stardom.

One LifeOne Life



The stage and soap opera actress recounts her struggle with racism during her long career on the program, One Life to Live, a struggle complicated by her light skin, her relationship with Harry Belafonte, and her alcoholism.

Author: Ellen Holly

Publisher: Kodansha Amer Incorporated

ISBN: UOM:39015038591296

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Page: 275

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The stage and soap opera actress recounts her struggle with racism during her long career on the program, One Life to Live, a struggle complicated by her light skin, her relationship with Harry Belafonte, and her alcoholism.

Famous African American Actresses Paper DollsFamous African American Actresses Paper Dolls



From Dorothy Dandridge's pioneering role in Carmen Jones to Queen Latifah's show-stopping performance in Chicago, this collection pays tribute to the beauty and talent of African-American actresses.

Author: Tom Tierney

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 9780486465340

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Page: 32

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From Dorothy Dandridge's pioneering role in Carmen Jones to Queen Latifah's show-stopping performance in Chicago, this collection pays tribute to the beauty and talent of African-American actresses. Sixteen film favorites, each with two costumes, include Halle Berry, Alfre Woodard, Angela Bassett, Ruby Dee, Cicely Tyson, Beyoncé, and others.

Supreme ActressesSupreme Actresses



What effects did racial prejudice have on their careers? Supreme Actresses remembers and celebrates the groundbreaking women who have been influencing culture for decades, reshaping the very standards of beauty in modern society.

Author: Marcellas Reynolds

Publisher: Abrams

ISBN: 1419756273

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Page: 224

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A comprehensive collection of photographs, interviews, and profiles of the most influential Black actresses who have worked in film, television, and theater From the author of Supreme Models comes the first-ever art book dedicated to celebrating Black actresses and exploring their experiences in acting. Through stunning photographs, personal interviews, short biographies, and career milestones, Supreme Actresses chronicles the most influential Black actresses who have worked in film, television, and theater. From Hattie McDaniel, the first actress of color to win an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1939, to Dorothy Dandridge, the first actress of color to be nominated for Best Actress at the Academy Awards in 1954. And from Ethel Waters, the first African American actress to be featured on an American sitcom in 1950, to Cicely Tyson, the first African American star of a TV drama in 1963. The performances by these talented actresses are ingrained into our memories. We experienced laughter, love, and loss with these women. But how did they begin their acting careers? Who were the first Black actresses who paved the way? What are their defining moments? What effects did racial prejudice have on their careers? Supreme Actresses remembers and celebrates the groundbreaking women who have been influencing culture for decades, reshaping the very standards of beauty in modern society.

The A to Z of African American CinemaThe A to Z of African American Cinema



This is but one of the hundreds of films covered in The A to Z of African American Cinema, which includes everything from The Birth of a Nation to Crash.

Author: S. Torriano Berry

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 9780810870345

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Page: 450

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On 4 July, 1910, in 100-degree heat at an outdoor boxing ring near Reno, Nevada, film cameras recorded-and thousands of fans witnessed-former heavyweight champion Jim Jeffries' reluctant return from retirement to fight Jack Johnson, a black man. After 14 grueling rounds, Johnson knocked out Jeffries and for the first time in history, there was a black heavyweight champion of the world. At least 10 people lost their lives because of Johnson's victory and hundreds more were injured due to white retaliation and wild celebrations in the streets. Public screenings received instantaneous protests and hundreds of cities barred the film from being shown. Congress even passed a law making it a federal offense to transport moving pictures of prizefights across state lines, and thus the most powerful portrayal of a black man ever recorded on film was made virtually invisible. This is but one of the hundreds of films covered in The A to Z of African American Cinema, which includes everything from The Birth of a Nation to Crash. In addition to the films, brief biographies of African American actors and actresses such as Sidney Poitier, James Earl Jones, Halle Berry, Eddie Murphy, Whoopi Goldberg, Denzel Washington, and Jamie Foxx can be found in this reference. Through a chronology, a list of acronyms and abbreviations, an introductory essay, a bibliography, appendixes, black-&-white photos, and hundreds of cross-referenced dictionary entries on actors, actresses, movies, producers, organizations, awards, film credits, and terminology, this book provides a better understanding of the role African Americans played in film history.

Historical Dictionary of African American CinemaHistorical Dictionary of African American Cinema



This is but one of the hundreds of films covered in the Historical Dictionary of African American Cinema, which includes everything from The Birth of a Nation to Crash.

Author: S. Torriano Berry

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 0810864649

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Page: 448

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Historical Dictionary of African American Cinema includes everything from The Birth of a Nation to Crash. In addition to the films, brief biographies of African American actors and actresses such as Sidney Poitier, James Earl Jones, Halle Berry, Eddie Murphy, Whoopi Goldberg, Denzel Washington, and Jamie Foxx can be found in this reference. Through a chronology, a list of acronyms and abbreviations, an introductory essay, a bibliography, appendixes, black-&-white photos, and hundreds of cross-referenced dictionary entries on actors, actresses, movies, producers, organizations, awards, film credits, and terminology, this book provides a better understanding of the role African Americans played in film history.

African American ActressesAfrican American Actresses



The black actresses during this decade who garnered comparable attention were Dorothy Dandridge and, perhaps, Eartha Kitt. Prominent white actress of these ...

Author: Charlene B. Regester

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253004314

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Page: 440

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Nine actresses, from Madame Sul-Te-Wan in Birth of a Nation (1915) to Ethel Waters in Member of the Wedding (1952), are profiled in African American Actresses. Charlene Regester poses questions about prevailing racial politics, on-screen and off-screen identities, and black stardom and white stardom. She reveals how these women fought for their roles as well as what they compromised (or didn't compromise). Regester repositions these actresses to highlight their contributions to cinema in the first half of the 20th century, taking an informed theoretical, historical, and critical approach.

Women of BlaxploitationWomen of Blaxploitation



Relevant film stills and a selected filmography including cast list and plot synopsis are also included. Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.

Author: Yvonne D. Sims

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786451548

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With the Civil Rights movement of the sixties fresh in their perspective, movie producers of the early 1970s began to make films aimed toward the underserved African American audience. Over the next five years or so, a number of cheaply made, so-called blaxploitation movies featured African American actresses in roles which broke traditional molds. Typically long on flash and violence but lacking in character depth and development, this genre nonetheless did a great deal toward redefining the perception of African American actresses, breaking traditional African American female stereotypes and laying the groundwork for later feminine action heroines. This critical study examines the ways in which the blaxploitation heroines of the early 1970s reshaped the presentation of African American actresses on screen and, to a certain degree, the perception of African American females in general. It discusses the social, political and cultural context in which blaxploitation films emerged. The work focuses on four African American actresses—Pam Grier, Tamara Dobson, Teresa Graves and Jeanne Belle—providing critical and audience response to their films as well as insight into the perspectives of the actresses themselves. The eventual demise of the blaxploitation genre due to formulaic plots and lack of character development is also discussed. Finally, the work addresses the mainstreaming of the action heroine in general and a recent resurgence of interest in black action movies. Relevant film stills and a selected filmography including cast list and plot synopsis are also included. Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.

African Americans in FilmAfrican Americans in Film



The whitewashing of roles in films and the lack of representation at awards shows such as the Oscars are only two of the career obstacles African American actors and filmmakers have historically faced.

Author: Camille R. Michaels

Publisher: Greenhaven Publishing LLC

ISBN: 9781534560819

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Page: 104

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The whitewashing of roles in films and the lack of representation at awards shows such as the Oscars are only two of the career obstacles African American actors and filmmakers have historically faced. Although blackface is now taboo, racism is still prevalent in Hollywood. Readers explore the causes of the systemic oppression that has made it difficult for African Americans to break into the movie business. Through full-color photographs and primary sources, readers will learn how to become more thoughtful viewers of movies and television.

Halle BerryHalle Berry



On March 24, 2002, Halle Berry made history.

Author: Kerrily Sapet

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781422291016

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Page: 64

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On March 24, 2002, Halle Berry made history. She became the first African American to win an Academy Award for Best Actress in a leading role. Halle's Oscar came for her work in Monster's Ball, in which she portrayed Leticia Musgrove, a tough yet vulnerable waitress who becomes involved in an interracial affair. Initially, the film's producer had balked at casting Halle in the role of Leticia. He believed she was too beautiful for the part.

ESSENCE Black Women in HollywoodESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood



Black Women in Hollywood: A Salute to Trailblazers at the Oscars, the new Collector’s Edition from ESSENCE, is a visual chronicle of the strides that African American actresses have made in Hollywood.

Author: The Editors of Essence

Publisher: Time Inc. Books

ISBN: 9781547843169

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Page: 96

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Amazing African American ActorsAmazing African American Actors



"Read about ten important African American actors including: Robeson Robeson, Ossie Davis, Dorothy Dandridge, Ruby Dee, Sidney Poitier, Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Whoopi Goldberg, Jamie Foxx, and Halle Berry"--Provided by publisher.

Author: Jeff C. Young

Publisher: Enslow Publishing, LLC

ISBN: 1598451359

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Page: 112

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"Read about ten important African American actors including: Robeson Robeson, Ossie Davis, Dorothy Dandridge, Ruby Dee, Sidney Poitier, Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Whoopi Goldberg, Jamie Foxx, and Halle Berry"--Provided by publisher.

African American Women and Sexuality in the CinemaAfrican American Women and Sexuality in the Cinema



This work also examines the role culture has played in perpetuating the images, how film influences viewers' perception of African American women and their sexuality, and how the imagery polarizes women by functioning as a regulator of ...

Author: Norma Manatu

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786451440

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Page: 245

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The representation of African American women is an important issue in the overall study of how women are portrayed in film, and has received serious attention in recent years. Traditionally, "women of color," particularly African American women, have been at the margins of studies of women's on-screen depictions--or excluded altogether. This work focuses exclusively on the sexual objectification of African American women in film from the 1980s to the early 2000s. Critics of the negative sexual imagery have long speculated that control by African American filmmakers would change how African American women are depicted. This work examines sixteen films made by males both white and black to see how the imagery might change with the race of the filmmaker. Four dimensions are given special attention: the diversity of the women's roles and relationships with men, the sexual attitudes of the African American female characters, their attitudes towards men, and their nonverbal and verbal sexual behaviors. This work also examines the role culture has played in perpetuating the images, how film influences viewers' perception of African American women and their sexuality, and how the imagery polarizes women by functioning as a regulator of their sexual behaviors based on cultural definitions of the feminine.