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Brothers Became Film Pioneers

They were entrepreneurs with a conscience, men who believed in fighting fire with fire. And that combination made them not only heroes of the civil rights struggle, but film industry pioneers. Noble M

From Blackface to Blaxploitation: Representations of African Americans in Film

African Americans have had a long and rather complex history in the American motion picture industry. Early depictions of African American men and women were confined to demeaning stereotypical images

The Charles Chesnutt Digital Archive

This site offers an extensive collection of works by Chesnutt, including novels, short stories, essays, reviews, and poems. In addition to electronic versions of those works by Chesnutt that are readi

Oscar Micheaux

Oscar Devereaux Micheaux (US pronunciation: Listeni/ˈɒskə.mɪˈʃoʊ/; January 2, 1884 – March 25, 1951) was an African American author, film director and independent producer of more than 44 fil

History of African-American Folk Music

From the blues to zydeco, and jazz to hip-hop; slave-era spirituals about struggle and personal empowerment to the forefathers of rock & roll, America’s roots music is absolutely replete with t

An Interactive History of African American Music

Trace the development of African American musical styles and learn about the pioneers who helped define some of this country’s most prominent artistic expressions.