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retroannamae  asked:

Hi! I love your blog! Can you recommend some good B/W movies starring Black actresses?

Thank you so much! :)

And indeed I can! There are so many, but here are some links to movies starring or featuring “more popular” actresses—including ones who were popular in the 1920s, 30s, and/or 40s, but whose names are somewhat obscure now. Every actress has their IMDb page linked to their names, as well.

Evelyn Preer (referred to as “The First Lady of the Screen” by race movie-goers):

Within Our Gates (1920)

Christie comedies (shorts) (1929)

Nina Mae McKinney (the first Black woman to have a principal role in a Hollywood film):

Hallelujah! (1929) < her film debut, the role that made her a star

Pie, Pie Blackbird (short)(1932) 

Sanders of the River (1935) 

The Black Network (short) (1936)

The Devil’s Daughter (1939)

Josephine Baker (La Baker, Bronze Venus, et cetera, et cetera) 

Zou Zou (1934) (French language)

Princesse Tam-Tam (1935) (French language)

Lena Horne (probably the “biggest” Black actress in Hollywood since Nina Mae McKinney):

The Duke is Tops (1938)

Cabin in the Sky (1943)

Stormy Weather (1943)

Francine Everett (known as “The Most Beautiful Girl in Harlem”):

Paradise in Harlem (1939)

Dirty Gertie from Harlem U.S.A. (1946)

Fredi Washington (Entertainer-turned-activist/journalist):

Black and Tan (1929)

Ethel Waters (Legend! Pioneer!):

Rufus Jones for President (1933)

Bubbling Over (1934)

Cabin in the Sky (1943) (link in Lena Horne list)

Sheila Guyse (I took it upon myself to dub her “The Sweetheart of Race Movies”):

Boy! What a Girl! (1947)

Sepia Cinderella (1947)

Miracle in Harlem (1948)

Dorothy Dandridge (first Black actress nominated for the Best Actress Oscar; first Black person nominated for a Leading Role Oscar period):

Malaga (1960)

Jeni Le Gon (A solo tap dancer—it was rare to see a black woman (a woman period) tap dancing/hoofing without a partner):

Double Deal (1939)

Hi-De-Ho (1947)

Other actresses to check out:

Madame Sul-Te-Wan

Iris Hall

Eartha Kitt

Hattie McDaniel

Louise Beavers

Ruby Dandridge

Marguerite Whitten

Theresa Harris

Laura Bowman

Mildred Washington

Dorothy Van Engle

Bee Freeman

Ruby Dee

Lucia Lynn Moses

Also check out:

The Riverbends Channel (YouTube channel)

Brown Sugar: Eighty Years of America’s Black Female Superstars (YouTube video)

The films of Oscar Micheaux and Spencer Williams, Jr.

Unsung Black Beauties of the 1930s and 40s (this YouTube video introduced me to so many great women and along with many other factors, inspired me to create this Tumblr)

Rufus Jones for President Movie Poster Archive Print 12x18

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Reproduction is from an original poster in the collection of the renowned Separate Cinema Archive. This archive print was custom created using a 12-color process on archival 80 lb satin semi-gloss cover stock that is strikingly faithful to the original movie poster. This print is suitable for gallery or home display, and ready to frame.