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African Americans in Film

South Central (1992)

Directed by Steve Anderson; produced by Oliver Stone. Cast:Glenn Plummer, Carl Lumbly, Christian Coleman, Byron Minns, LexieBigham, Vincent Craig Dupree, LaRita Shelby. Bobby Johnson knowsfirsthand the ways of an L.A. street gang--and has been jailed forit. But now he has won his freedom and faces a new urgency:reclaiming his 10-year old son from the mean streets' cycle of hateand death. Based on Donald Bakeer's best seller about gang life,"Crips". 99 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Southern Fried Rabbit (1943)

Animated short. Directed by Friz Freleng. Featuring Bugs Bunnyin blackface.

Spirit of Youth (1938)

Directed by Harry L. Fraser. Cast: Joe Louis,Edna Mae Harris, Mantan Moreland, Mae Turner,Clarence Muse, The Big Apple Dancers. Worldheavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis stars inSpirit of Youth. Often mistakenly referred to as abiography of Louis, the film is actually thefictional story of aspiring boxer Joe Thomas, whohopes to make millions in the ring. He does, but asa consequence falls into the hands of a predatorynightclub singer. Only after the femme fatalestomps on Joe's heart does he return to hisvirginal childhood sweetheart.

St. Louis Blues(1929)

Directed by Dudley Murphy. Cast: Bessie Smith. In this all-black cast short, legendary blues singer Bessie Smith finds her gambler lover Jimmy messin' with a pretty, younger woman; he leaves and she sings the blues, with chorus and dancers.
Reviews and articles: Stanfield, Peter. "An Excursion into the LowerDepths: Hollywood, Urban Primitivism, and St. Louis Blues,1929-1937." Cinema Journal - 41, Number 2, Winter 2002, pp. 84-108 Full-textof this article / review is available: Berkeley users only

Step Children (1937)

Director Oscar Micheaux. Film deals with alight-skinned African-American orphan whorefuses to acknowledge her race. 65 min. 65min.
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Stomp the Yard (2007)

Directed by Sylvain White. Choreographer, Dave Scott.Cast: Columbus Short, Meagan Good, Ne-Yo, Darrin Henson, BrianWhite, Laz Alonso, Valarie Pettiford, Harry Lennix. After the deathof his younger brother D.J. a troubled 19-year-old street dancerfrom Los Angeles is able to bypass juvenile hall by enrolling inthe historically black Truth University in Atlanta, Georgia. Hisefforts to get an education and woo the girl he likes are sidelinedwhen he discovers 'stepping,' a traditional dance performed byAfrican-American fraternities.

Storm Warning (1950)

Director, Stuart Heisler. Cast: Ginger Rogers, Ronald Reagan,Doris Day, Steve Cochran. A school teacher visiting relatives in anunnamed small town happens to witness the beating death of a man atthe hands of the KKK. She soon discovers that the whole town iscontrolled by this vigilante group, and that her loutishbrother-in-law is one of the group's members. The D.A. (RonaldReagan) is the man who breaks the stranglehold of the hoodedterrorists--through the simple expedient of walking into one oftheir meetings and calmly identifying each of them by name. 93 min.

Stormy Weather (1943)

Directed by Andrew L. Stone. Cast: Lena Horne, Bill Robinson, Cab Calloway and his band, Katherine Dunham and her troupe, Fats Waller, Nicholas Brothers. A delightful musical strung together with a silly romantic show biz script. Horne sings the title song, Waller does a rendition of "Ain't misbehavin". A thinly veild dramatization of the life of dancer Bill Robinson. 78 min. ;Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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