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 1920s: “The Melancholy Dame”

The character of Sappho Dill apparently didn’t play that mess and the 1920s afforded her that luxury. The decade was a time of great economic prosperity across all populations, and according to the U.S. Department of Labor, women constituted 21-25% of the workforce particularly in Northern states and in areas of the country where clerical work, factory work, and store clerk roles were available. Because working women had more autonomy to marry for love instead of survival, effectively divorce rates rose.