Nine actresses, from Madame Sul-Te-Wan in Birth of a Nation (1915) to Ethel Waters in Member of the Wedding (1952), are profiled in African American Actresses. Charlene Regester poses questions about prevailing racial politics, on-screen and off-screen identities, and black stardom and white stardom. She reveals how these women fought for their roles as well as what they did or not compromised.
Putting On the Tailfins, focuses on the 1950s and 1960s, when the Great American Songbook was in competition with new forms like rock and roll, and rhythm and blues. Viewers learn how iconic singers like Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and Rosemary Clooney kept the Songbook alive by reinventing pop standards of the 1930s and 1940s.
Learn how technology has preserved - and altered - the way we think about the great songs and singers of the past. 2/3/2012
Explore the marriage of music and choreography with Feinstein and Liza Minnelli. 4/5/2013
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This delightfully sentimental movie documents (via a fictional tale) the real-life story of New York City’s Stage Door Canteen, an east coast version of the Hollywood Canteen, where soldiers were entertained by stage and screen stars of the era.
Pinky (Jeanne Crain), a black woman who works as a nurse in Boston, finds she is able to ""pass for white."" Afraid her true heritage will be discovered, she leaves her white fiancé (William Lundigan) and returns home to Mississippi. There, she helps her ailing grandmother (Ethel Waters) by caring for her employer (Ethel Barrymore), an imperious plantation owner. When she names Pinky heiress to her estate, the community rises in resentment, triggering a sensational court trial.
Early tale of racial discrimination finds a light-Skinned black woman returning south after refusing a proposal of marriage from a handsome white doctor.
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