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African Americans in Film

Blonde Venus (1932)

Directed by Josef von Sternberg. Cast: Marlene Dietrich,Herbert Marshall, Cary Grant, Hattie McDaniel. Features a musicalnumber, "Hot Voodoo", in which Dietrich appears onstage as acabaret singer, wearing a gorilla suit to the sound of drums,attended by a chorus of women in blackface decked out as "natives."In the number, Dietrich removes the gorilla suit to reveal herselfas a blonde Venus, white sexualized femininity itself... 94 min.; Online Access through LFLFC .

Blue Melodies (Hollywood Rhythm: Paramount Musical Shorts; 3)

Directed by Various, Paramount: Symphony in Black: A Rhapsody of Negro Life - Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday (1935); Those Blues - Vincent Lopez (1932); Ol' King Cotton - George Dewey Washington (1930); A Bundle of Blues - Duke Ellington, Ivie Anderson (1933); Jitterbug Party - Cab Calloway (1934); Her Future - Ethel Merman (1930); St. Louis Blues - Bessie Smith (1929); Blue of the Night - Bing Crosby (1933).Eight mini musicals featuring landmark performances by the legends of jazz and blues from the early years of sound film production.

Boarding House Blues (1948)

Directed by Josh Binney. Cast: Dusty Fletcher,Lucky Millinder and Orchestra, Bull MooseJackson, Jackie "Moms" Mabley, Una MaeCarlisle, Berry Bros., Marie Cooke. An "evil"landlord threatens to evict "Moms" and hertenants from their boardinghouse because shecan't pay the rent. Since the tenants aremostly entertainers they decide to put on ashow to raise the money. 90 min. ;
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Body and Soul (1925)

Directed by Oscar Micheaux. Cast: Paul Robeson, Julie Theresa Russell, Marshall Rogers, Chester A. Alexander, Walter Comick, Mercedes Gilbert. Paul Robeson stars in this early silent film of a minister gone corrupt. He associates with the owner of a house of gambling, forces a girl to steal and later kills the girl's brother. But, when all is said and done it's only a dream. 80 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet MovieDatabase

Bombshell

Produced and directed by Victor Fleming. Screen siren Lola Burns is fed up with the scandalous stories her publicist, Space Hanlon puts out, the endless arguments on the sets of her films and her family's constant drain on her money and peace of mind. Her attempts to get married, adopt a baby and quit the business altogether are constantly thwarted, unbeknownst to her, by Space, who is secretly in love with her. 1933.

Bones (1988)

Directed by Ernest Dickerson. Cast:Snoop Dogg, Pam Grier, Khalil Kain, RickyHarris, Clifton Powell, Bianca Lawson,Michael T. Weiss. A notorious streethustler is mistakenly brought back from thedead after some kids buy the house he waskilled in over 20 years before. Now he isseeking revenge on those who murdered him.With each new victim, the terror mounts,and Bones' vengeance spins out of control,threatening everyone in his path, includinghis former lover, Pearl.

Booty Call (1997)

Directed by Jeff Pollack. Cast: Jamie Foxx, Tommy Davidson, Vivica A. Fox, Tamala Jones. After weeks of dating, Rushon and Nikki think they might be in love. And they know they're in lust.There's just one little problem--Nikki insists on double-dating with her best friend Lysterine on the night Rushon has reserved for romance. 79 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Borderline (UK, 1930)

Directed by Kenneth MacPherson. Cast: Paul Robeson, Eslanda Robeson, Helga Doorn, Gavin Arthur, Charlotte Arthur, Blanche Lewin. This experimental silent film, made in Switzerland by an independent British film company, is chiefly remembered as Paul Robeson's first film. Boldly blending Eisensteinian montage and domestic melodrama, the film features Robeson and his wife, Eslanda, as lovers caught up in a tangled web of interracial affairs. 63 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Boy! What a Girl! (1947)

Director Arthur Leonard. Cast: Tim Moore, BettiMays, Elmwood Smith, Warren Patterson, Al Jackson,Duke Williams, Sheila Guyse, Slam Stewart Trio, SidCatlett and Band, Basil Spears, Ann Cornell,Harlemaniacs, Milton Wood, Gene Krupa, Deek Watsonand The Brown Dots. Tim Moore in an Amos 'n AndyKingfish impersonates a wealthy spinster fromParis. Includes a series of musical performances byblack artists including Slam Stewart, Sid Catlett,Deek Watson and a guest appearance by Gene Krupa.70 min.

Boycott (TV, 2001)

Directed by Clark Johnson. Cast:Jeffrey Wright, Terrence Howard, C.C.H.Pounder, Carmen Ejogo, Reg E. Cathey, BrentJennings, Shawn Michael Howard, IrisLittle-Thomas, Erik Todd Dellums, MikeHodge. In the winter of 1955 in the deepsouth, Rosa Parks (1913-2005), a singleblack woman on a public bus, is arrestedwhen she chooses a "whites only" seat. Heraction and the reaction of the authoritieshelps birth the modern civil rightsmovement in the United States, and makesher an inspiring icon and lodestone to allinvolved with the struggle for equality,including a young Martin Luther King.

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