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.
I called Quincy one day and said “Do you know anybody who could produce the album? I had songs that I really wanted to do”. I wasn’t asking him to do it and he said “Sure” He said “Why don’t you let me do it?” I said “that’s a great idea!”