8 items from 2009
T’is the season for lists… I’ve already posted a few – including my picks for the Top 5 Films Of 2009, The 10 Most Important Black Films Of The Decade, as well as IMDb’s top 25 films of the last decade, and others.
This time around, I’m leaving the “work” up to you folks; I’d like to come up with a list of the best performances by actors and actresses of African descent Ever, and I’m eliciting the wisdom of the Shadow & Act readers.
Going back to the days of the Lincoln Motion Picture Company, to the prime careers names like Harry Belafonte, Sidney Poitier, and Dorothy Dandridge, to today – share your choices of those onscreen film performances that you’d consider some of the strongest, most memorable, and the most definitive. The performances can be primary, secondary, or peripheral. The actors may have been on screen for the entire length of the film, »
Tonight’s parting shot…
Tan magazine targeted specifically African-American women and was published by Johnson Publishing, the same folks who brought us Ebony and Jet magazines.
The main headline on the cover, “Will Hollywood Let Negroes Make Love?” is still a somewhat relevant question today, is it not?
54 years later!
Ah well… so it goes… good night, and good luck!
In my quest to figure out good Xmas and Kwanzaa gifts for my people this year, I realized we always recommend movies, DVD’s and VODs, but I’ve seldom read about good books here on S&A. So, I’ve compile a great list for of Black cinephile-based books for the filmgoing audience. Some you’re definitely familiar with, others maybe not, but nonetheless here it is:
Donald Bogle’s books
I’ve been reading Bogle’s books for 20 years now, so considering I’m just on the precipice of my (eek!) mid-30’s, that’s saying a lot of the amount of Black film knowledge that he’s imparted to the masses for decades.
Toms, Coons, Mulattoes, Mammies & Bucks
Arguably Bogle’s greatest, if not simply his best known book, “Toms…” is the definitive study of American Black film images going back to the beginning with Birth of »
- Curtis the Media Man
Today's Birthdays 11/09
1869 Marie Dressler is awesome. She gave one of the most aggressive Best Actress winning performances evah. If you haven't seen Min & Bill (1933), you must. You must, you must, you must.
1883 Edna May Oliver feisty character actress
1922 Dorothy Dandridge first black woman to be nominated for Best Actress at the Oscars (Carmen Jones) and what a neat coincidence that she was portrayed by the first black actress to eventually win the Best Actress Oscar (Halle Berry) in the bio Introducing Dorothy Dandridge
- NATHANIEL R
Dorothy Dandridge was the first black woman nominated for a Best Actress Oscar. Almost a half century passed before another black woman . Halle Berry . won the award.They and three others . Pam Grier, Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey . are subjects of the new book "Divas on Screen: Black Women in American Film.""These women have pushed the racial boundaries for audiences, setting new standards for beauty and body type," said author Mia Mask.She took on the book because, while black male stars are now enjoying huge success, little has been written about their female counterparts . as performers who can headline a film, said Mask, who teaches film and drama at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.Dandridge was nominated for her lead role as the hedonistic factory worker in the 1954 classic "Carmen Jones," alongside Harry Belafonte.Berry won an Oscar in 2000 for playing »
Netflix is streaming The Wizard of Oz for free (today only)
Art Net Kirsten Dunst goes Harajuku for artist Takashi Murakami. I saw his last show in Brooklyn featuring anime characters with shape-shifting ejaculate and whatnot. Very crazy / racy / grotesque stuff. I ♥ Kiki... anxious for a new film right about now
In Contention Guy asks the question we all must ask every year if we really care about the movies and not just Oscar. What are precursors for anyway? I'm happy to have Guy by my side in the good fight
She Wired This is a complicated first but Ming-Na (The Joy Luck Club) is now playing the first lesbian Asian-American series regular with her new role on Star Gate Universe. My first reaction is Star Gate is still on? My second is more appropriate: 'congratulates Mulan'! »
- NATHANIEL R
Or that you could time travel into the room as they were being taken.
And if either of those things were possible, wouldn't you grab every Old Hollywood candid you could find in order to listen in or join the party? What exactly would Rosalind Russell, Greer Garson and Merle Oberon chat about anyway? Roz only cares about the camera but who are Greer and Merle all smiles about?
How much would you have to drink to not be starstruck and join right in. Too much. Too much I say. The mind clouds. The hangover would be epic.
- NATHANIEL R
As its title suggests, A Century of Black Cinema examines the history of African-American performers in the movies. It provides a good overview, with dozens of film clips and some new interviews supplying historical perspective. Originally divided into two segments, SnagFilms presents the documentary in its entirety, with limited commercial interruptions, and it's embedded below for your viewing pleasure.
Directed by Ted Newsom, A Century of Black Cinema is more of a breezy summary than a probing examination. It touches on the early all-black "race films," the severely-limited, stereotypical roles that dominated the 30s and 40s (and continue into today), and stars such as the Nicholas Brothers, Paul Robeson, Dorothy Dandridge, Sidney Poitier, Jim Brown, Fred Williamson, Richard Pryor, and Denzel Washington. Attention is also paid to blaxpoitation titles of the 70s and some of the big box office hits of the 80s and 90s, like Lethal Weapon and Waiting to Exhale. »
- Peter Martin
8 items from 2009
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