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Black Hollywood (1984)

Not Rated | | Documentary | TV Movie 28 November 1984
Shot entirely on location in Hollywood in 1984, this feature documentary explores the role of black actors, black directors and the black audience in American movies. Remember the early 80s... See full summary »

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Howard Johnson
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Credited cast:
Diahnne Abbott ... Herself
Jim Brown ... Himself
Rosalind Cash ... Herself
Joel Fluellen Joel Fluellen ... Himself
D'Urville Martin ... Himself
Vonetta McGee ... Herself
Paul Mooney ... Himself
Vincent Tubbs Vincent Tubbs ... Himself
Lorenzo Tucker Lorenzo Tucker ... Himself
Oscar Williams Oscar Williams ... Himself
Alfre Woodard ... Herself
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Shot entirely on location in Hollywood in 1984, 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 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 ...

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Documentary

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Not Rated
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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 November 1984 (UK) See more »

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Mirus Productions See more »
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Color
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The Message
Performed by Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
Written by Sylvia Robinson (uncredited), Ed Fletcher (uncredited), Clifton Chase (uncredited) and Melle Mel (uncredited)
Sugar Hill Records
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Tremedously moving and educational piece on the Black struggle in Hollywood

Over twenty-five years ago and most of this is still true. The formula for Black success in Hollywood is our own financing, producing, writing, publicists. Today Tyler Perry stands as king and has shown us how to do it. Unfortunately his product is closer to Amos and Andy then Boomerang. Getting into the business seems to require that the actor meet the audiences stereotypical idea of who they think Black people are and what actions they believe a Black person would take. All based on their narrow experience. Audiences today includes young people of every culture and they go see all types of film. Let's give the movie audience a variety of stories with directors like Robert Townsend, Bill Duke, John Singleton, Spike Lee, F. Gary Gray, Lee Daniels and Antoine Fuqua, The Hughes Brothers and more to come. I can't wait.


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