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History of African Americans' involvement and achievements in the film industry.
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Spike Lee Sundance Rant To Chris Rock On Hollywood Studios And Black Films

Spike Lee Sundance Rant To Chris Rock On Hollywood Studios And Black Films - The LA Times really mis-reported this episode at The Sundance Film Festival. It ...
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Spike as an advocate of getting more black films in the theatres and a leader of a black film movement feels that African Americans are mistreated in Hollywood during today's era. He express that studios pretty much make no effort to fund black films and that they are pushed to the side.

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Despite Oscar notice, black actors still hit limits in film

Despite Oscar notice, black actors still hit limits in film | African Americans & Motion Pictures | Scoop.it
It may seem that this is another key moment for actors of color, and in some ways it is.
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In 2001, Halle Berry became the first black woman to win an Oscar for best actress in a leading role. That same year Denzel won the male equivalent for that award, and it may have seemed that African Americans were progressing towards equality in Hollywood. When you really think about it though, there haven't been alot of black films or films headlining black actors over the past 10 years.

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Do The Right Thing (Race Rant Scene)

Excellent scene from Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing. Mookie and Pino argue about race which leads to a firestorm of racial slurs about almost every group of ...
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Another trend of the black films of the 80s and 90s was that they possessed strong messages within the context of the film. Here is a very powerful scene from Spike Lee's Do The RIght Thing. This film really served as a voice for blacks in America; it expressed the fact that there were serious issues with the world that we live in.

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Arsenio Hall & Michael Jai White "Blaxploitation saved Hollywood"

Black Dynamite interview with Michael Jai White and Arsenio Hall on BlackTree TV SYNOPSIS When The Man murders his brother, pumps heroin into local orphanage...
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Little Known Black History Fact: Judy Pace

Little Known Black History Fact: Judy Pace | African Americans & Motion Pictures | Scoop.it
“You walk to the edge of a cliff and you just know you’re gonna fly” – Judy Pace Judy Lenteen Pace is an African American actress who was the first villainess on television in 1964. Pace starred as...
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One of the people that was able to climb through the window of opportunity that Poitier increased was a lady by the name Judy Pace. The beautiful Pace, in the 1960s, became the first black woman to get a contract by one of the major film studios and also the first African American to get a contract by 20th Century Fox.

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Within Our Gates (1920) - Oscar Micheaux Silent Film

Abandoned by her fiancé, an educated negro woman with a shocking past dedicates herself to helping a near bankrupt school for impoverished negro youths. With...
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This silent film was written and directed by Oscar Micheaux, who worked for the Lincoln Motion Picture Company. He is considered the very first African American director and this happens to be the oldest surviving film made by an African American director.

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Flapper Flickers and Silent Stanzas: Noble Johnson and Lincoln Motion Pictures

Flapper Flickers and Silent Stanzas: Noble Johnson and Lincoln Motion Pictures | African Americans & Motion Pictures | Scoop.it
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Noble Johnson is one of the true, great pioneers of film in the African American community. Not only was he an actor who had roles in very popular films such as KIng Kong, he also was a co-founder of the the Lincoln Motion Picture Company in 1916. This company pushed the envelope by making films that didn't drawn in the mainstream audience by characterizing blacks into stereotypes. Instead, they portrayed blacks as real people which attracted an african american audience.

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This audio clip makes the audience think. Even though times have changed dramatically, the arguement is made that even in modern times many characters that black actors play in films follow stereotypes.

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The audio of this sort of round table conversation really breaks down the brilliance of Do The Right Thing. The fact that this movie draws discussions such as these 20+ years after the movie was released just go how much of a mogul and inspirational figure Spike Lee is. 

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Blacks in Hollywood: 80s and 90s

Blacks in Hollywood: 80s and 90s | African Americans & Motion Pictures | Scoop.it
Many critics will tell you the 80's showed little in the development of black film (although socially and politically during the Reagan years I will agree), but I believe several important events t...
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This period of "black film" really focused on the realistic aspects of African Americans' lives in the United States. Especially in the 90s, there were numerous films that took place in crime filled, low income neighborhoods. Even though these films were directed by black people and had predominately black casts, they gave audiences a feeling that was never felt from black films before or any films for that matter.

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Blaxploitation

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By the early 1970s we were introduced to a new genre of film called blaxploitation. These films were made to target an African-American audience and typically relied on catchy elements, such as gore, violence, sexual content, urban dialect, and great soundtracks. Here is a picture from a scene in Shaft, known to be the most famous blaxploitation film.

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African Americans on film

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If it's a film class, why is there a picture of a bunch of musicians? Well, this week we're talking about race in Hollywood and focusing specifically on African Americans in film. This week, the st...
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The wide array of roles that Poitier was able to play helped in giving white America a different look at the black race. He showed the talent, diversity, and potential that African Americans had all along but never really got the chance to express. This opened the window of opportunity for blacks in the film industry that much more.

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Stepin Fetchit - Lazy Richard

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Lincoln Perry, most notably know for his character Stepin Fetchit, in viewed as Hollywood's first black film star. Though he was very successful, he did not gain the respect of his peer African American audience because they viewed his character Stepin Fetchit as a negative symbol for blacks in America.

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