*Film historian Donald Bogle has released another stellar anthology of African American cinematic history, this time it’s in partnership with Turner Classic Movies.
The result is Hollywood Black: The Stars, The Films, The Filmmakers. From Birth of a Nation to Black Panther, Bogle lays out a historical framework for how Blacks found work in the movie industry on both sides of the camera.
Film enthusiasts of all persuasions will be intrigued by how people of color were woven into war movies, race movies, musicals, Blaxploitation movies, comedies, drama and finally the full and noble evolution into Wakunda.
Bogle provides a detailed journey of the artistic breakthrough from stereotypical roles played by Stepin Fetchit, Willie Best and Eddie “Rochester” Anderson to the leading man and lady status of Harry Belafonte’, Dorothy Dandridge, James Earl Jones, Whoopi Goldberg, Lou Gossett, Jr. and more.
Donald Bogle spoke with EURweb’s LaRita Shelby, who asked Donald how his passion for film history began: “I used to wonder, as a kid, where did these black actors go when they weren’t on screen? Why wasn’t the movie about them? So I just started filing things in my head, and then later I started formal research. I interviewed different actors and actresses and started seeing as many films as I could.”
Hollywood Black travels through each decade of film history and details how the images captured the changing social and political climate of the day.
From Do The Right Thing to Boyz N The Hood to Tyler Perry’s Madea, to Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight, to Ryan Cooglar’s Black Panther, to Ava Duverney’s Selma, Donald Bogle has crafted what we deem to be the new bible of Black cinema.
Turner Classic Movies is proud to partner with Mr. Bogle and continue their mission to archive, showcase and inform movie audiences about the great history of Hollywood and all of its contributors.
Donald Bogle has written nine books on the black Hollywood, he and was also a consultant for Turner Classic Movie’s series “Race and Hollywood.” Mr. Bogle is currently a professor at The Tish School of the Arts at NYU and the University of Pennsylvania. Click here for more info on Hollywood Black.