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Black Hollywood

Author: Howard JohnsonOscar WilliamsJim BrownVonetta McGeePaul MooneyAll authors
Publisher: [S.l.] : Screen Edge ; Oaks, PA : Distributed by MVD Visual, ©2008.
Series: Reggae Nashville.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : EnglishView all editions and formats
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" ... this feature documentary explores the role of black actors, black directors and the black audience in American movies. Remember the early 80s -- hip hop had just been born, break dancing filled clubs and streets and Eddie Murphy and the late great Richard Pryor were the only two black stars making it. In an action-packed showcase of clips and interviews, Diahnne Abbott, Rosalind Cash and Alfre Woodard talk  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Feature films
Documentary films
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Howard Johnson; Oscar Williams; Jim Brown; Vonetta McGee; Paul Mooney; Vincent Tubbs; Joel Fluellen; Alfre Woodard; Rosalind Cash; Diahnne Abbott; Lorenzo Tucker; D'Urville Martin; Grandmaster Flash.; Furious Five (Musical group); Screen Edge (Firm); MVD Visual (Firm)
OCLC Number: 433166184
Credits: Music, Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five.
Performer(s): Featuring Diahnne Abbott, Jim Brown, Rosalind Cash, Joel Fluellen, D'Urville Martin, Vonetta McGee, Paul Mooney, Vincent Tubbs, Lorenzo Tucker, Oscar Williams, Alfre Woodard.
Event notes: Filmed on location in Hollywood, Calif. in 1984.
Description: 1 videodisc (75 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD ; all regions ; stereo.
Series Title: Reggae Nashville.
Other Titles: Blaxploitation and advancing an independent Black cinema
Responsibility: produced and directed by Howard Johnson.

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" ... this feature documentary explores the role of black actors, black directors and the black audience in American movies. Remember the early 80s -- hip hop had just been born, break dancing filled clubs and streets and Eddie Murphy and the late great Richard Pryor were the only two black stars making it. In an action-packed showcase of clips and interviews, Diahnne Abbott, Rosalind Cash and Alfre Woodard talk about negative stereotyping. Jim Brown, Vonetta McGee and D'Urville Martin come up with alternative solutions to the one-way street that was "blaxploitation" and discuss new ways of advancing an independent black cinema. There is a rare interview with Lorenzo Tucker, the Black Valentino, about his career with Oscar Micheaux. Joel Fluellen and Vincent Tubbs tell memorable stories of what life was like for the few blacks working in Hollywood in the 50s and 60s (including Dorothy Dandridge). There is a marvelous speech by Sidney Poitier on accepting the Black Hall of Fame 'oscar'. Griffiths' Birth of a Nation is panned. Grandmaster Flash and his 'Message' is the theme tune and the writer Oscar Williams holds the whole show together with his advice to the creative outsider"--Container.

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