By Charlene B. Regester
9 actresses, from Madame Sul-Te-Wan in delivery of a kingdom (1915) to Ethel Waters in Member of the marriage (1952), are profiled in African American Actresses. Charlene Regester poses questions on winning racial politics, on-screen and off-screen identities, and black stardom and white stardom. She finds how those girls fought for his or her roles in addition to what they compromised (or did not compromise). Regester repositions those actresses to focus on their contributions to cinema within the first half the 20 th century, taking an educated theoretical, old, and significant process. (2011)
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W. Griffith defended himself as a mere filmmaker with no political or ideological view in mind. Surprised and apparently genuinely hurt when called a racist, Griffith made speeches across the country, wrote letters to the press, accused the NAACP and its supporters of trying to bring about screen censorship, and even went so far as to issue a pamphlet entitled “The Rise and Fall of Free Speech in America,” all in an effort to squelch the controversy. As late as 1947, one year before his death and some thirty-two years after the movie’s release, D.
Evidence shows that the press was far less concerned with issues of intraracial privilege and preference than with issues of interracial privilege and preference. The press was less concerned with the appearance of an actress’s body than with how that actress represented the black race on screen and off screen, and this overriding concern dictated the amount and content of its coverage. The black press expressed dismay about Louise Beavers being excluded from Oscar nominations for supporting actress in Imitation of Life and about Dorothy Dandridge being excluded from 16â•… ·â•… a f r i c a n a m e r i c a n a c t r e s s e s Oscar nominations for lead actress in Porgy and Bess (1959).
Griffith’s lids pinched his eyes. Madame tried again to spit. She whined that Miss Crowell was too nice a lady to spit at, besides she never thought working in pictures meant spitting at people. Griffith poked another hole in his straw hat. Madame thought her acting days were over before they started. Miss Crowell told her just to relax, it was only make-believe and she didn’t mind it at all. Madame failed again. . When [Bert Sutch] came back, he handed Madame a piece of soap. . Madame got real mad then.