Brown (Amos n' Andy), two black men trying to make it in Harlem whose lives are complicated by the schemes of the Kingfish. Cast: Jackie Robinson, Ruby Dee, Minor Watson, Louise Beavers, Richard Lane, Harry Shannon, Ben Lessy, Bill Spaulding, Billy Wayne, Joel Fleullen. When a young African-American doctor operates on two white brothers brought in for gunshot wounds, it sets off a chain of violent confrontations between a vicious psychopath, his gang and the black community. A school teacher visiting relatives in an unnamed small town happens to witness the beating death of a man at the hands of the KKK. (Ronald Reagan) is the man who breaks the stranglehold of the hooded terrorists--through the simple expedient of walking into one of their meetings and calmly identifying each of them by name. The combined forces of institutional racism and condescending white liberalism pursue Thomas to an unhappy end. When a snitch on board calls the police the leading lady, Julie (who's half African-American) and her white husband are forced to leave the show. Cast: Sonya Wilde, James Franciscus, Pat Michon, Isabel Cooley. Cast: Jeffrey Hunter, Woody Strode, Billie Burke, Constance Towers, Juano Hernandez, Willis Bouchey. Set in the American South on a remote coastal island, a black man fleeing a lynch mob meets a racist sheriff and a recently orphaned 13 year old white girl. Cast: Rita Moreno, Mark Damon, Gerald Mohr, Jay Novello, Eugenio Martin. She is a beautiful and intelligent young woman living in New York City.
Written variously by Bob Ross, Dave Schwartz, Joe Connelly, Bob Mosher, Paul West, and Jay Sommers. (Andy) ; Tim Moore (Kingfish) ; Ernestine Wade (Sapphire) ; Amanda Randolph (Mama) ; Johnny Lee (Calhoun). Dramatizes the story of Jackie Robinson (playing himself) as the first African-American to play major league baseball, including his days at UCLA on a sports scholarship and his career in the Negro League. She soon discovers that the whole town is controlled by this vigilante group, and that her loutish brother-in-law is one of the group's members. The author plays the leading role in this film version. Magnolia becomes the leading show boat attraction and a gambler, Gaylor Ravenal, the leading man. "Making Believe: Show Boat, Race, and Romance, 1925-1957." In: Edna Ferber's Hollywood : American fictions of gender, race, and history / J. Smyth ; foreword by Austin : University of Texas Press, 2010. "Dissonant Refrains: Carmen on Film." In: Dreams of difference, songs of the same : the musical moment in film / Amy Herzog. Cast: Harry Belafonte, Robert Ryan, Shelley Winters, Ed Begley, Gloria Grahame. A beautiful young woman meets and marries the man of her dreams--only she has not told him that she is half-black, and he and his rich family and friends are white. An African-American "buffalo soldier" is accused of rape and murder, but is successfully defended by a white officer during his trial in 1881. Cantrell defends him as witnesses give testimony relived in flashbacks, revealing the sergeant's gallantry and eventually the shocking truth behind the alleged crimes. Upon release in 1960, this film shocked American audiences with its depiction of a strong, sarchastic black man, capable of holding his own against racism. Black, Anglo and Hispanic high-school gangs duke it out in this story about two undercover cops who infiltrate the gangs to stop narcotics trafficking. When Percy learns that his daughter is seriously dating a young man, he decides to do some research, and learns that her beau is a solid businessman. Rapper DJay, who dreams of becoming the next big rap superstar, works all the angles to get his first record made.
Cast: Lillian Gish, Mae Marsh, Henry Walthall, Miriam Cooper, Mary Alden, Ralph Lewis, George Seigmann, Walter Long. A Civil War spectacular, Portraying "life in the South" during and after the Civil War as revealed in a story depicting the war itself, the conflict between the defeated Southerners and emancipated renegade Negroes, the despoiling of the South during the carpetbagger period, and the revival of the Southern white man's honor through the efforts of the Ku Klux Klan. But it's Josephine Baker, "the high priestess of primitivism" who triumphs in two show stopping numbers. Helpless slaves -- raped, tortured and humiliated -- are eventually driven to rebel against their wicked oppressors. "Made when screen musicals were mainly backstage stories or all-star revues, "Hallelujah! Director King Vidor, given the go-ahead only after pledging his salary to offset production costs, combines melodrama with work songs and spirituals...a sincere and sympathetic treatment of rural black life." 90 min. DVD 543; vhs 992 Contents: Big ears / director, Robert Mc Gowan (21 min.) -- Lad and a lamp / director, Robert Mc Gowan (17 min.) -- Anniversary trouble / director, Gus Meins (18 min.) -- Little sinner / director, Gus Meins (18 min.) -- Three smart boys / director, Gordon Douglas (10 min.) -- Mush and milk / director, Robert Mc Gowan (18 min.) -- Spooky hooky / director, Gordon Douglas (11 min.) -- Kid from Borneo / director, Robert Mc Gowan (18 min.). Cab drivers Amos 'n' Andy (characters from the radio show Amos 'n' Andy) contract to transport Duke Ellington and his band out to Blair estate, where they meet Richard Williams who is in love with Jean Blair. In the search for success as an actress, Lora neglects her daughter. Cast: Rex Ingram, Eddie Anderson, Oscar Polk, Frank Wilson, Hall Johnson Choir. Stanley Timberlake is a young woman who decides to dump her fianc and runs off with her sister Roy's husband. Andy plays Santa Claus -- The broken clock -- The Winslow woman -- Call Lehigh 4-9000 -- Leroy lends a hand. Overlooking Fuller's history of anti-racist films, the NAACP urged a boycott, inspiring the studio to shelve the finished film." [Pacific Film Archives - Banned in the USA] Based on the story by Romain Gary. The story of Mattie Michael, a proud, big-hearted woman whose life has been plagued by misfortunes, landing her alone and penniless in a crumbling ghetto tenement on Brewster Place. The Jewish woman and her African American driver eventually build a relationship over many years. A family caught between the reality of their surroundings and a chance at a piece of the American dream. Edgy and emotionally complex, this nocturnal love story is suffused with the melancholy and anxiety of not belonging, and full of the sad understanding of what it means to be a stranger. A high-spirited comic fable about going from downtown to uptown, from hip-hop to straight to the top! When Odessa Cotter, a quietly dignified woman, honors the 1955 Montgomery, Alabama, bus boycott by walking an exhausting nine miles to and from work, Miriam, her employer, offers her a ride. Then one night she surprises her husband Frank having sex with another man, and her tidy world starts spinning out of control. Cast: Tom Sizemore, Richard Jenkins, Ving Rhames, Colm Feore.
The light story is only a pretext for La Revue des Revues' white-hot, non-stop procession of outrageously and scantily attired exotic dancers, showgirls, and acrobats including the Tiller's Follies Girls, Ruth Zackey and the Hoffman Girls, and danseuse russe Lila Nikolska. Peace-loving slave Tom is forced to submit to his sadistic master, the evil Simon Legree. Themes show illiterate Black plantation life, singing, dancing and gambling, religious beliefs and practices, including a special baptism sequence, and the relationships between men and women in a "sinful environment". In this all-black cast short, legendary blues singer Bessie Smith finds her gambler lover Jimmy messin' with a pretty, younger woman; he leaves and she sings the blues, with chorus and dancers. The story of two widows and their troubled daughters. Cast: Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, George Brent, Dennis Morgan, Charles Coburn, Frank Craven, Billie Burke, Hattie Mc Daniel, Lee Patrick. Contents: Disc 1: Getting momma married, Parts 1 & 2 -- Andy buys a house -- The happy Stevens -- Arabia -- Disc 2. In Gary's story, the dog is retrained to attack whites, perpetuating the cycle of racism; Fuller's version has Winfield (in a fine performance) attempting to cure the dog. Cast: Oprah Winfrey, Robin Givens, Cicely Tyson, Jackee, Larenz Tate, Lynn Whitfield, Mary Alice, Olivia Cole, Moses Gunn, Paula Kelly, Leon Lonette Mc Kee, Barbara Montgomery, Phyllis Yonne Stickney, Paul Winfield, William Allen Young. "Black Feminism and Media Criticism: The Women of Brewster Place." Screen 1991 32: 286-302 UC users only Also in: Vision/re-vision: adapting contemporary American fiction by women to film / edited by Barbara Tepa Lupack. Bowling Green, OH : Bowling Green State University Popular Press, c1996. Set in Atlanta in the 1950's, a textile factory owner insists on hiring an ever-patient chauffeur for his aging head-strong mother. "Hollywood and the Mythic Land Apart, 1988 1991." In: A mythic land apart : reassessing Southerners and their history / edited by John David Smith and Tho Westport, Conn. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks F209.5 . "That's what friends are for : Bruce Beresford's Driving Miss Daisy (1989)." In: God, man, and Hollywood : politically incorrect cinema from "The birth of a nation" to "The Passion of the Christ" / Mark Royden Winchell. Their love a bond, their warmhearted humor a breath of fresh air, their tenative hold on dignity - their lifeline. The story of Lisa, a young Soviet emigre studying medicine in Manhattan and Roy, an African American building superintendent on New York's Lower East Side. Dexter Jackson will let nothing stop him from getting rich as a TV news anchor, until he realizes he's losing touch with his roots. Cast: Sissy Spacek, Whoopi Goldberg, Dwight Schultz. "The Buddy Politic." In: Screening the male : exploring masculinities in Hollywood cinema / edited by Steven Cohan and Ina Rae Hark. When the dancers start turning to blood-suckers, the rapping trio find out they got more than they bargained for -- especially after the strippers' leader, Kulada, discovers that Tymez might be the missing link in the vampire apocalypse. Cathy is the perfect 50s housewife, living the perfect 50s life: healthy kids, successful husband, social prominence.
[Some prints of the film omit the next sequence: After leaving a meeting with his friend Limpy Jones, who is handicapped with gout and must ride on Bert's shoulders..." [IMDB] 22 min DVD 1312 Two silent versions: Uncle Tom's Cabin, or Slavery Days, directed by Edwin S. When she names Pinky heiress to her estate, the community rises in resentment triggering a-sensational court trial. The Adventures of Amos 'n' Andy: A Social History of an American Phenomenon / Melvin Patrick Ely. A) Selected episodes from the 1950's television sit com which relates the comic adventures of Amos Jones and Andrew H. Paul Winfield portrays a trainer who takes on the task of deprogramming the animal on behalf of its new owner (Kristy Mc Nichol). Special features: Disc 1: Director's audio commentary; picture-in-picture video commentary featuring Ed Zwick, Morgan Freeman & Matthew Broderick ; Disc 2: Documentary "The true story of 'Glory' continues" narrated by Morgan Freeman; "Voices of 'Glory'" featurette; original featurette; deleted scenes; bonus previews; talent files. Phillips, Helen Martin, John Fiedler, Stephen Henderson. His world heavyweight championship title thus stripped from him entirely for political reasons, the champ sets about to win back his crown, culminating in a legendary unification bout against George Foreman in Zaire, dubbed the "Rumble in the Jungle." 157 min. Cast: Robert Ri'chard, Ben Vereen, Ossie Davis, Jennifer Beals, Ruby Dee, James Earl Jones, Eartha Kitt, Forest Whitaker. An elderly man from Senegal travels to New York City, in hopes of locating African Americans related to his ancestors (many of whom were kidnapped and sold as slaves). Life in the park is daily warfare with rival gangs, police raids, the wealthy decadents who come for drugs and the ongoing demons of addiction, and the harder Cody tries to escape the park, the more it seems to close in on him. In the aftermath of the execution, both lose their children to tragic deaths and they form an unlikely bond. Tymez, Fuzzy Down, and Likrish aren't what you'd call big names in the rap world.
Videodisc release of eight episodes of the Our Gang comedies, originally produced between 19, and shown on television as the Little Rascals. This experimental silent film, made in Switzerland by an independent British film company, is chiefly remembered as Paul Robeson's first film. Notable as the only motion picture produced staring the radio comedy team, Amos n' Andy. The dodger would (usually) pull his head out of the hole in time to avoid getting hit, but sometimes he wasn't fast enough. Includes the famous "stairs" dance by Temple and "Bojangles" Robinson. In this first leading role in a major movie for Humphrey Bogart, he plays a factory worker, disappointed at not being promoted, who joins a Ku Klux Klan-like group. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt PN1995.9. "'De Lawd' a Natchel Man": The Green Pastures in the American Cultural Imagination." In: Hollywood be thy name : African American religion in American film, 1929-1949 Berkeley : University of California Press, c2007. A musical which celebrates the loves and heartbreaks of a Mississippi riverboat troupe, starting with a young girl whose heart is stolen by a dashing gambler. (Full text available online (UCB users only); Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5. (Full text available online (UC Berkeley users only); Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PS3511. A classic musical celebrating the legendary actor, singer and activist Paul Robeson. Cast: Shirley Temple, John Boles, Bill Robinson, Steppin Fetchit. A case study in 30's and 40's Hollywoods fondness for mammies, Toms, and happy, childlike colored folk. Clarence Muse plays Jim" as what Donald Bogel has characterized as the "archtypical tom." (Bogle, Donald. DVD X1794; vhs 9 Directed by Victor Fleming, et al. The jealous and selfish Stanley attempts to win back Craig's affections, but her true character is revealed when, rather than take the rap herself, she attempts to pin a hit and run accident on a young black clerk who works in Craig's law office. Special features: Commentary by film historian Jeanine Basinger; "Warner night at the movies 1942" short subjects gallery; vintage newsreel; "March on, America! Cast: David Brian, Claude Jarman, Jr., Juano Hernandez, Porter Hall, Elizabeth Patterson, Charles Kemper, Will Geer. Cast: Beatrice Pearson, Mel Ferrer, Susan Douglas, Canada Lee, Richard Hylton. "Lost Boundaries: Racial Indeterminacy as Whiteness." In: Visions of belonging : New England art and the making of American identity / Julia B. Written variously by Bob Ross, Dave Schwartz, Joe Connelly, Bob Mosher, Paul West, and Jay Sommers. (Andy) ; Tim Moore (Kingfish) ; Ernestine Wade (Sapphire) ; Amanda Randolph (Mama) ; Johnny Lee (Calhoun). Together, in a difficult world of black versus white, they manage to discover a common ground. As their love grows they must deal with shock and outrage from both families. This film depicts a small town in South Carolina in the year 1950 as the issue of segregation between blacks and whites comes to a bitter, violent and courageous battle. Her dreams are put on hold when she becomes pregnant by her boyfriend. In this comedy a sassy, low-rent lounge singer is forced to hide out from the mob in the last place on earth anyone would look for her -- in a convent. Cast: Whoopi Goldberg, Kathy Najimy, James Coburn, Maggie Smith. Cast: Stockard Channing, Will Smith, Donald Sutherland, Flan Kittredge, Ian Mc Kellen. Cast: Wesley Snipes, Michael Wright, Theresa Randle, Leslie Uggams, Abe Vigoda. Now, in 1998, the FBI has reopened the case, and Tom Cherry's memories are recalled about the turbulent years of his childhood.
However, within the community, you have to be a virgin or you’re a whore, but a white woman can have multiple partners and the black men who want them will jump through whatever hoops necessary to win them over. That’s who he considered a prize over legions of quality black women who would have kicked their mama’s ass to be with him.
We always have to be better to be just as good, not just in a racist society, but within a community that treats its mothers like second-class citizens.
[Inside joke: "calcimine" is whitewash, and yet most of these black actors appear to have darkened their complexions with blackface makeup.] The group meets in the back of a saloon. "The Black Image in Protective Custody: Hollywood's Biracial Buddy Films of the Eighties." In: Black American cinema / edited by Manthia Diawara. Based on the novel, A gathering of old men, by Ernest J. Past and future overlap as the movie explores Bird's relationship with his steadfast wife Chan Parker, his soaring skill and destructive excesses with alcohol and drugs. Cast: Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Ontkean, Kathleen Quinlan, Spalding Gray, Beverly Todd, Neil Patrick Harris. Set in Mississippi in 1964, this is a fictionalized version of the case of the murder of three young civil rights workers, the FBI's attempts to find the missing boys and the clash between the authorities and the locals in a Klan-dominated town. After a friend discovers a money-laundering scheme and is murdered, the band members take the law into their own hands and avenge their friend's death. A German shepherd is adopted by an actress who learns that the dog has been trained to attack only African Americans. " includes behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the cast; deleted scenes; music video "How deep is your love;" original featurette "A piece of the action" behind-the-scenes of Rush hour; short film "Whatever happened to Mason Reese? Now, after an emotional reunion, Dwayne and Mai face conflicting feelings over their identities and loyalites in this touching and funny look at what it means to be family. A gang kingpin is looking to get out of the game after one final deal, only to have his trusted lieutenant betray him.
"Our story centers upon the activities of a Negro fraternal organization, the Independent Order of Calcimine Artists of America. As the sheriff confronts the suspects, the young plantation owner stands alone in her defense of this group of men who stand resolute against decades of injustice. A gripping drama of the life of legendary jazz saxophonist Charlie "Yardbird" Parker. Cast: Run-DMC, Richard Edson, Jenny Lumet, Raymond White, Lois Ayers ; special appearances by the Beastie Boys, Slick Rick, Junkyard Band. Cast: Kristy Mc Nichol, Paul Winfield, Burl Ives, Jameson Parker, Christa Fuller, Sam Fuller, Lynne Moody, Marshall Thompson. Not knowing that she is part vampire, Max woos her but only Rita can decide her destiny as she is pursued by Maximillian, the most diabolical, dashing and definitely undead dude in the 'hood. Special features: An exclusive sneak peek at "Rush hour 3" (Part I) "Rush hour:1, 2, 3! ""I'm blackanese" : buddy-cop films, rush hour, and Asian American anrican American cross-racial identification." In: Asian North American identities : beyond the hyphen / edited by Eleanor Ty and Donald C. Sentenced to life in prison, Carter's published memoir, The sixteenth round, inspired a teenager from Brooklyn and three Canadian activists who believed in the truth, to join forces with Carter to prove his innocence. As an adult, Mai tracks down her mother and brings her to America for the first time. Cast: Snoop Dogg, Tray Deee, Goldie Loc, Darryl Brunson, Xzibit, Warren G., RBS, Jayo Felony, Tash.
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