Carmen explains that she’s her own woman in Carmen Jones (1954). For her performance in this role, Dorothy Dandridge became the first African-American woman nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress.
“When I was born, I was colored. I soon became a Negro. Not long after that I was black. Most recently I was African-American. It seems we’re on a roll here. But I am still first and foremost in search of freedom.” Happy 90th Birthday Harry Belafonte (March 1, 1927)