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Mamie Smith: Paradise In Harlem (1939)


Mamie Smith was the first African-American to make vocal blues recordings in 1920. Dubbed the “Queen of Blues” she became a sensation throughout many genres of the arts. Paradise in Harlem is a perfect example of how influential Shakespeare was … Continue reading

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Paying Homage: Oscar Micheaux’s SWING! (1938)


Oscar Micheaux does it again! Swing! is a fun, flavorful and accurate portrayal of African-American life in the 1930’s. The intertwined story-lines of life as they knew it and of life as I know it, definitely got some laughs out … Continue reading

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Paying Homage: Oscar Micheaux’s “Body & Soul” (1925)


As the first major African American filmmaker to write, produce, direct and distribute his own body of work, Oscar Micheaux is regarded as one of the best storytellers when recounting African-American life. In this race film, we are privileged to … Continue reading

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