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  • Acting: Topic Page
    The representation of a usually fictional character on stage or in films. At its highest levels of accomplishment acting involves the employment of technique and/or an imaginative identification with the character on the part of the actor.
  • Actors and Actresses: Topic Page
    A man or woman who performs in plays or films, especially as their profession.
  • African Americans in Film and Theater
    From Encyclopedia of American Studies
    African American actors and actresses, appearing on stage or in movies, have symbolized black experience in the United States. Plays, television, and films have featured blacks in starring or supporting roles and explored racial themes.
  • Blaxploitation Films
    From Encyclopedia of Black Studies
    The term blaxploitation films refers to a series of films released between 1969 and 1974 that featured a primarily black cast and whose narratives focused on the contemporary black urban experience. Grounded in the action-adventure genre, these films were usually low-budget Hollywood productions geared toward the black youth market.
  • Cinema: Topic Page
    Form of art and entertainment consisting of moving pictures, in either black and white or colour, projected on a screen.
  • Film
    From Black Firsts
    The Wooing and Wedding of a Coon is the earliest known American-made film with an all-black cast.
  • Race Films
    From Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance
    From the inception of the motion picture industry, stereotyped black characters were endemic, a holdover from the tradition of minstrelsy. Thus images of buffoonish, simpleminded, superstitious African Americans were presented to American moviegoers of all races and ethnic groups.
  • Television
    From Black Firsts
    Happy Pappy was the first television variety talent show with an all-black cast.

Academy Award Winners

  • Denzel Washington (1954 - ): Topic Page
    Actor, born in Mount Vernon, New York, USA. He won a scholarship to the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, and afterwards worked with the Shakespeare in the Park ensemble.
  • Halle Berry (1968 - ): Topic Page
    From The Palgrave Macmillan Dictionary of Women's Biography
    African-American actress, beauty queen and model. She became the first African-American woman to win an Oscar for her role in Monster’s Ball.
  • Hattie McDaniel (c.1895 - 1952)
    From Notable American Women: The Modern Period
    A large woman with an expressive face and imposing voice, Hattie McDaniel won fame in the 1930s for her film portrayals of brash, worldly-wise maids, including Mammy in Gone With the Wind, the role which earned her an Academy Award. MORE
  • Jamie Foxx (1967- ): Topic Page
    US comedian, actor, and singer.
  • Sidney Poitier (1927 - )
    From The Columbia Encyclopedia
    American actor, b. Miami, raised in the Bahamas, returned to the United States at 15. The first African-American actor to achieve leading man status in Hollywood films.
  • Whoopi Goldberg (1949 - ): Topic Page
    From The Penguin Biographical Dictionary of Women
    Perhaps the most prominent African-American actress in films today, Whoopi Goldberg became an international star in Steven Spielberg's The Color Purple in 1985. MORE


  • Bert Williams (1874 - 1922): Topic Page
    Stage actor, singer, and songwriter, born in Nassau, Bahamas (formerly in British West Indies). Part African in descent, he was raised in Los Angeles and went on the road with the Mastadon Minstrels in 1891; he was so light-skinned that he had to use blackface to maintain his role as an African.
  • Bill Cosby (1937- ): Topic Page
    Comedian, writer, and television producer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
  • Cicely Tyson (1933 - )
    From The Penguin Biographical Dictionary of Women
    Cicely Tyson has commanded considerable respect in the theatrical profession by her scrupulous refusal to play any roles demeaning to an African American's cultural identity.
  • Diana Ross (1944 - ): Topic Page
    She portrayed singer Billie Holliday in the film Lady Sings the Blues (1972) and by the late 1970s achieved superstar status with live and televised concerts.
  • Dorothy Dandridge (1923 - 1965)
    From Chamber's Biographical Dictionary
    Born in Cleveland, Ohio, she was a child star in films, but broke through to adult roles in A Day at the Races (1937). The most beautiful African-American actress of her generation, and one of the first ever to be acclaimed a star.
  • Ice-T (1958 - )
    From Encyclopedia of African-American Writing
    While rhyme was still paying, Ice-T began his acting career, appearing in dozens of films, starting in 1984. In 1995, he had a recurring role as a drug dealer on New York Undercover, cocreated by Law & Order creator Dick Wolf.
  • Josephine Baker (1906-1975): Topic Page
    Remembered for her risqué flamboyance, dancer Josephine Baker epitomized the Jazz Age and its climate of experimentation and freedom.
  • Lena Horne (1917 - 2010)
    From The Crystal Reference Encyclopedia
    Singer and actress, born in Brooklyn, New York, USA.
  • Oprah Winfrey (1954- ): Topic Page
    American talk-show host, producer, and actress. Producer and host of The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986-present), Winfrey has also acted in films such as The Color Purple (1985) and Beloved (1998).
  • Ossie Davis (1917 - 2005): Topic Page
    Among Davis’s numerous awards are the Hall of Fame Award for outstanding artistic achievement (1989) and the Image Award for best performance by a supporting actor for the film Do the Right Thing (1989) from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the National Medal for the Arts (1995), and the Presidential Medal for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts.
  • Pam Grier (1949 - )
    From Chambers Film Factfinder
    The queen of cult blaxploitation B-movies in the 1970s, she built a career playing bad girls and tough women.
  • Paul Robeson (1898 - 1976)
    From Encyclopedia of American Studies
    The American political activist and performer Paul Robeson was born on April 9, 1898, in Princeton, New Jersey, the son of a former slave and a mother who died when he was six.
  • Sammy Davis, Jr. (1925-1990): Topic Page
    Singer, actor, and dancer, born in New York City, USA.
  • Spike Lee (1957- ): Topic Page
    African-American writer, filmmaker, and actor. Lee is noted for his bold and sometimes controversial political films.
  • Stepin Fetchit (1902 - 1985)
    From Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance
    Stepin Fetchit, a vaudeville entertainer and pioneering black film actor, emerged near the end of the Harlem Renaissance as Hollywood’s first African American movie star.

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