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That-s-Black-Entertainment-Race-Movies-The-Early-History-of-Black-Cinema - Trailer - Cast - Showtimes - NYTimes.com

An overview of That s Black Entertainment Race Movies The Early History of Black Cinema, including cast and credit details, a review summary, and more.
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 This article descibes how ethnic stereotypes prevailed very strongly. Especially biased were the portrayals of people of color. This article also includes listing of cast and films that fell into this genre of films. This article was a sum up of all the research done on African American Films.

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Black Hollywood History - Part 1 - SoulOfAmerica

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This article highlights the history of African American films. This goes through the series of events that went on through the history of black films. Throughout this article it explains the importance of these films and how it has impacted history.

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Early Black film history

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Early Black film history

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In early films before black cinema even existed, African Americans were not allowed in films. If you saw a black person most likely it was whites painted in black faces, also known as Vaudeville. William Foster established another one of the first African American film companies and produced the first all-black cast short films. This picture shows one of his first short films, The Pullman Porter 1910. Although his works were unsuccessful but it was a great introduction to black cinema.

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In early films before black cinema occured, african americans did not star in films. If you seen a black person, it was whites painted in black faces. William Foster established the first african american fim company and produced the first all black cast short films. This picture shows one of his first short films, The Pullman Porter 1910. Although his operation was a fail, it was the introduction to black cinema.

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Hattie McDaniel Biography

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Retrace the career of actress and radio performer Hattie McDaniel, the first African American to win an Oscar, as Mammy in Gone with the Wind, at Biography.com.
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Hattie McDaniel was the first African American actor to win an Academy Award. She broke the stereotype for African Americans during this era in history. She was named the best supporting actress for her role as Mammy in “Gone with the Wind”. She was the first black actor to ever be nominated for such an award. This was a turning point for African American actors at this time.

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Black Cinema - Silence to Sound

http://www.ondeckvideo.com Clip. The history of black cinema aka race movies is explored in this program.
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African Americans were not recognized as much in the South and were just able to watch the films that were made during this era in little corners of the theater. In the North, between 1890s to 1920s they were the butts of the news whether than the center of the action. I believe that this particular era is what set the tone for this black cinema. Blacks were only look at because they had rhythem and they could dance.

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History of Black Film in 6 minutes

A 6-minute history of black cinema produced for Turner Classic Movies TCM by Walid Khaldi of Golden Moon Films.
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This youtube clip was very informative in explaining the history of African American films explained how movies started off with whites playing as blacks in the silent film "Birth of a Nation". They broke down the how blacks felt during this period in history. This was a very informative youtube clip.

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AFRICAN-AMERICAN CINEMA

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The history of the African-American Cinema is a harsh timeline of racism, repression and struggle contrasted with film scenes of boundless joy, hope and artistic spirit. The journey begins with the outright racism of D.W. Griffith's THE BIRTH OF A NATION (1915), a film respected as an epic milestone, but reviled as the blueprint for black film stereotypes that would appear throughout the 20th century. This article just explains the ups and downs of the African American film history.

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Lincoln Motion Picture Company (1916-1921)

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The Lincoln Motion Picture Company was the first movie company organized by Black filmmakers. The first Lincoln production was The Realization of a Negro's Ambition, which was released in mid-1916, a two-reel film which company publicity releases proclaimed was a “Drama of love and adventure, a picture with a good moral, a vein of clean comedy and beautiful settings.” The Lincoln Motion Picture Company was founded in Omaha, Nebraska, which was a black community, mostly of workers attracted to its industrial jobs. The brothers George and Noble Johnson founded the company in the summer of 1915 to produce films for African-American audiences. They were a very sucessful motion picture company.

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Lincoln Motion Picture Company, 1916-1920, was the first successful, major movie company made by black filmmakers. Noble Jhnson, which was the pres. of the company, was the creator of the company. It's first production was The Realization of a Negro's Ambition. This was the real kick off for black cinema.

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Early Black film history

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Early Black film history
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The most interesting about this topic is that many Black Hollywood stars got their start in race films, like Mantan Moreland, Charlie Chan's movie sidekick. I learned that the first all-black cast was a western film called “Harlem on the Prairie”. Lena Horne started her film career with The Duke is Tops in 1938. Dorothy Dandridge’s first feature film was Four Shall Die in 1940. Paul Robeson's first appearance on film was in Oscar Micheaux's 1924 silent feature Body and Soul. Many African American stars in Hollywood counted on race films to make a living because they were not always able to find work anywhere else.

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From Blackface to Blaxploitation: Representations of African Americans in Film - Duke Library Exhibits

African Americans have had a long and rather complex history in the American motion picture industry. Early depictions of African American men and women were confined to demeaning stereotypical images of people of color.
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The beginning of African American filmmaking was a very complex part of history. Early depictions of African American men and women were made up of horrible stereotypical images of people of color. The drastic move of large numbers of African Americans from the rural Southern areas of the United States to the urban areas between the 1910s and 1940s shifted the racial landscape, and with that Hollywood began to change in its films demographically.  African American characters were portrayed as incompetent, child-like, hyper-sexualized, and criminal. The high rise of the Civil Rights Movement brought a lot of changes to Hollywood in the 1950s as they brought very large productions of all-black cast.

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