That's Black Entertainment (1989)

Genres - Film, TV & Radio, History  |   Sub-Genres - Social History  |   Run Time - 57 min.  |   Countries - United States   |  
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In the early days of cinema, characters were broadly sketched. Villains sported dark circles under their eyes and ingénues wore wide-eyed looks of innocence. Unfortunately, ethnic stereotypes prevailed just as strongly. Especially biased were the portrayals of people of color. The That's Black Entertainment series documents the role of African-Americans in film, from the emergence of race movies to the beginning of talkies. In That's Black Entertainment: Race Movies -- The Early History of Black Cinema, blacks in the infant years of the motion-picture industry are examined. The video also includes three short films starring black actors from the era.

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Black [race], entertainer, film-industry, filmmaker, race/ethnicity