BLACK FILMMAKING IN THE 1930s: 5 MUST-SEE MUSIC VIDEOS

Throughout the Covid19 pandemic, I’ve soothed my soul and re-energized my spirit with various forms of art—particularly music and dance. It has felt natural and right to do so, which is why I can safely assume that descendants of the same enslaved folks who turned misery into magnificence through musical expression also sought comfort in … Continue reading BLACK FILMMAKING IN THE 1930s: 5 MUST-SEE MUSIC VIDEOS

BLACK FILMMAKING IN THE 1930s: “The Emperor Jones” starring Paul Robeson

America in the 1930s  was a time that predated my parents’  birth.  My maternal grandmother—my last surviving grandparent—lost her memories in her battle with Alzheimer's long before I was able to ask her about life in those times. I don’t know if she would have wanted to speak of that history anyhow. She never explained … Continue reading BLACK FILMMAKING IN THE 1930s: “The Emperor Jones” starring Paul Robeson

BLACK FILMMAKING IN THE 1930s: “Harlem is Heaven” starring Bill “Bojangles” Robinson

I have a confession. I rushed through a viewing of Harlem is Heaven (1932) last week, trying desperately to tick off another task on my to-do list, going through the motions without fully engaging. I tend to do that often—getting lost in work for the sake of work, giving into a state of mindlessness. I … Continue reading BLACK FILMMAKING IN THE 1930s: “Harlem is Heaven” starring Bill “Bojangles” Robinson