In the Jim Crow era, Black film theaters were left out of the "first-run" distribution channels. Theater owners used creativity to attract their audiences.
Her climb into filmmaking began with programs designed to train African Americans. But to succeed, she needed to break into a mostly white male union.
As the first salaried Black musician at a major studio, he was a leader in shaping the sound of movies—though he was often uncredited.
"Social problem" films were all the rage after World War II. So how could movies about racism be so conservative?
On the 55th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, U.S. courts are still divided about African Americans’ right to wear their natural hair in the workplace.