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Black Cinematic History

In honor of Black History month, I decided to embark on a retrospective series that chronicles the history of African-American filmmakers from the turn of the century into the contemporary era. In 2016 for Black History Month, the focus honed in on female creators of motion pictures within the African diaspora. My time with each film, producer, director, and screenwriter has been an inspiring and incredibly informative endeavor, one that I hope to share with others. Be sure to read and comment on these milestone films and filmmakers. Feel free to recommend any other significant works from early era Black filmmakers, American or otherwise, that I may have missed.



A Spotlight on Female African American Filmmakers of Early Cinema (1916-1928)

Hallelujah (1929); And the Highlight of African-American Actresses in Early Hollywood

The Fading Creative Control of Black Women in the 1930s

The Domination of Hollywood in the 1940s; And its Affects on Black Cinema

The Rise of Television, Black Visibility, and the Illusion of Creative Control in the 1950s

How Dorothy Dandridge Aided in the Validity and Transformation of Tamango (1958)

Rebelling Against the Status Quo With Art and Anger

Rising Success in 1970s and the Clamor for Self-Representation

Euzhan Palcy’s A Dry White Season (1989), Academy Awards, and The Future of Black Women Producing Film



The Movement of Black Filmmakers in Early 1900

Oscar Micheaux’s Within Our Gates (1920)

The Symbol of the Unconquered (1920) and Body and Soul (1925); And the Issue of Colorism

Spencer Williams’ The Blood of Jesus (1941)

The Films of Oscar Micheaux and Spencer Williams

The Learning Tree (1969); And Hollywood’s First Black Director, Gordon Parks.

Ivan Dixon’s The Spook Who Sat By the Door (1973)

Emma Mae aka Black Sister’s Revenge (1974); And the L.A. Rebellion

Killer of Sheep (1977); And its Connection to My Childhood

Krush Groove (1985)

My Spiritual Awakening with Julie Dash’s Daughters of the Dust (1991)


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