Little Black Sambo, A cartoon version of the Little Black Sambo story produced in 1935. The Story of Little Black Sambo, a children’s book by Helen Bannerman, a Scot living in India, was first published in 1899. This cartoon has been banned from public display in the United States due to the racial nature of its content. Continue reading
Cab Calloway’s Jitterbug Party (1935) is a musical short film released by Paramount Pictures (later sold to U.M. & M. TV Corporation). Continue reading
Venus and Serena (2012) documentary film that takes an unprecedented look into the extremely private world of Venus and Serena Williams. Continue reading
This documentary follows the astonishing five-decade marriage of Carmen De Lavallade and Geoffrey Holder and focuses on their careers as dancers, actors, choreographers and more. Continue reading
Pinky (Jeanne Crain) is a black woman so fair-skinned she was able to pose as white throughout nursing school. Newly graduated, she flees south to visit her grandmother (Ethel Waters) after a doctor, unaware of her true ancestry, proposes to her. Continue reading
Calypso Heat Wave (1957) stars Merry Anders, Meg Myles and, as herself, Maya Angelou.
As Summers Die a 1986 film starring Ron O’Neal, Beah Richards, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Bette Davis. The plot centers around a large area of land owned by an old black lady, Elvira Backus ( Beah Richards). It had been given to her by her one-time employer and secret father of her two children, a southern patriarch. Continue reading
Count Basie and his Orchestra play Harlem Sandman, an extended number in Hit Parade of 1943. It features Dorothy Dandridge and Jack Williams singing plus dance act Pops and Louis (Albert Whitman & Louis Williams) along with dancers Dorothea Durham, Neva Peoples & Ruth Scott.
Master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, Remember This House. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and flood of rich archival material. Continue reading
Come Back, Charleston Blue is a 1972 comedy film starring Godfrey Cambridge and Raymond St. Jacques, loosely based on Chester Himes‘ novel The Heat’s On. It is a sequel to the 1970 film Cotton Comes to Harlem. Continue reading