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Trice Rene'e • 2 years ago

"DEAD PRESIDENTS" is another game changer

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The first black actor awarded an Oscar. Hollywood and America should be ashamed of how they've treated minority actors as performers and as people.

In the early 1930s he was the best known and most successful black actor working in Hollywood. At a time when contracts for Black actors were unheard of, Fetchit was signed, then dropped, then spectacularly re-signed by Fox Pictures. From 1929 to 1935, he appeared in some twenty-six films. Often working in as many as four movies at a time, Fetchit was the first Black actor to received featured billing, and special scenes were often written into pictures for him.

Shows a painting of black actor Ira Aldridge as Othello.

Gee Whiz! - say no more. Sidney Potier was the only black actor I knew as I was growing up. Tall, dark and handsome he sure was. I loved him as 'Mr Tibbs'

Ethel Waters. She was one of the first women to be a big star in both black and white vaudeville; One of the first (if not the first) black women to sing on radio; Only major black actor in Irving Berlin’s “As Thousands Cheer,” Broadway show; First black women to star in a Broadway drama “Mamba’s Daughters”. First black woman to TV sitcom, “Beulah,”,1950. Nominated for an Academy Award (in “Pinky”); Wrote two volumes of autobiography (“His Eye Is on the Sparrow” and “To Me It’s ­Wonderful”).

Diana Sands Throughout her career, African-American actress Diana Sands successfully challenged racial barriers in the theater world by pursuing and winning parts that were traditionally played by white actresses. At a time when black actors were offered minor or marginal roles Sands battled for more interracial casting. She also appeared in noteworthy plays about the lives of African Americans.